Write for Us: Information for Authors

Do you have an idea for an article that can inspire and inform practitioners in the field?

User Experience Magazine wants to hear from you.

We are looking for articles that give a new perspective on a UX topic, describe a method, sum up a best practice, or share how you solved a problem on a project. We are also interested in articles that explore a controversy in the field, reflect on current trends, have a humorous side, or are a great visual — sketchnote or infographic.

Above all, they must be interesting and engaging, inviting readers to think about our work in a new way.

Articles are typically between 1500 and 2500 words.
We do not usually accept articles that have been published elsewhere.

We also publish book reviews.

 

Send us your pitch

Deadlines and themes for each issue are announced on this page, but we welcome ideas for articles at any time.

Send your proposal to uxmagazine at uxpa dot org. We prefer simple text in an email. Please include:

  • What will you write about and how will you tell the story? One or two paragraphs describing the article and how you will illustrate your ideas with strong examples.
  • What will readers learn from your article? A summary of the main points you will make.
  • Why are you the right person to write this article? Briefly, describe your experience and expertise in the topic.

Our authors are working UX professionals with a story to share. We don’t accept sponsored content, blog posts that have been published elsewhere, or PR interviews.

This is a professional magazine, not a technical or academic journal. There are no literature surveys or footnotes. Articles are practical in nature and are written in an active, personal voice, speaking to your colleagues.

And then?

The editorial team will review your proposal and decide whether to accept it for publication. You will hear back about a week after the deadline.

If accepted, you will write a draft, which is due 4-5 weeks later. Then, you will work with an editor who will help refine your article and gather everything we need for publication like your bio, illustration credits, and other permissions.


Upcoming Issues

16.1 | Content Strategy  – February/March 2016

16.2 | Design for Learning  – April/May 2016

16.3 | Research Methods  – July/August 2016

16.4 | Innovation  – September/October 2016
We’ve selected a group of articles exploring different aspects of  innovation in user experience. Look for them in early September,

16.5 | Security and Trust  – November/December 2016
New uses for technology from the Internet of Things to all of the personal information we now put in the cloud or on social media make issues of security and trust critical to the user experience. Can we make security usable? Is a secure site trustworthy? How have attitudes changed (or not) in light of a constant flow of news and scandals?

We invite pitches for articles that look at the question of security and trust — and how they affect usability and the user experience. Topics might include perspectives from how to research these topics to design patterns for secure systems:

  • How to research attitudes and realities of trust and security
  • How to create usable (and accessible) security
  • The role of trust in persuasion and customer experience
  • Ethics of personalization and big data
  • Surveillance in everyday experience
  • Implications for personal privacy of the IoT
  • Designing to help users understand how their data is used
  • Designs for secure systems
  • Design patterns or case studies for sensitive systems (banking, health record…)
  • Research ethics 
  • Building trust for vulnerable populations including children, people with disabilities and older adults

Schedule for 16.5

  • August 8 – Article pitches due from authors.
  • August 22 – Authors notified
  • September 19 – Article drafts due
  • October 24 – Final articles due
  • Mid-November – Publication begins

 

The topics for 2017 will be announced in mid-September.


Book Reviews

User Experience publishes reviews of books with a focus or potential influence on user experience, usability, or design effectiveness. In addition to books specifically about usability, this may include books on business, human perceptions, psychology, sociology and other fields relevant to UX. We prefer books that have been published recently or are in a new edition.