Write for Us: Information for Authors

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

We are looking 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.

User Experience Magazine wants to hear from you.

Articles can provide a new perspective on an aspect of UX, summarize current thinking on a topic,  describe a method or UX technique, illustrate a point through a project or research example, or reflect on UX practice. Above all, they must be interesting and engaging, inviting readers to think about our work in a new way.

User Experience Magazine is an online professional magazine; it is 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. Articles are typically between 1500 and 2500 words.

How to send us a proposal

Send a proposal explaining your article idea. Proposal deadlines are announced on this page, but we welcome them at any time.

In your proposal, please include:

  • One- or two-paragraphs describing the article you want to write.
  • A summary of the main points you will make–what readers will learn from your article.
  • A brief explanation of  your experience and expertise in your topic.

Send your proposal to uxmagazine at uxpa dot org

The editorial team will review your proposal and decide whether to accept it for publication. Once accepted, you will write a draft, then work with one of our crack editorial team members to prepare the article for publication.

Please read the magazine editorial guidelines for information about style and formatting.

We do not generally accept articles that have been published elsewhere. However, in some cases User Experience may publish excerpts from recent books of special significance to our members.

Thanks in advance for your contributions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Issues

15.3 | Data Mining and Visualization – June/July 2015
This issue will include articles on:

  • Data collection and analysis methods
  • Use of data and visualizations in UX design
  • The impact of images

15.4 | Doing and Learning the Business of UX – September/October 2015
This issue  explores the business side of UX and learning UX. In 2015, User Experience Designers landed 7th on CNN Money’s list of Best Jobs in America. With the demand for design and other UX practitioners growing, it’s a great time to be in the field.

This issue will consider why UX has increased in importance to the business world and how we can continue to demonstrate value to business audiences. We’re also exploring the status of the pipeline of practitioners through articles examining trends in UX education and ways to learn UX without a formal degree or certificate.

We are interested in articles on a wide range of topics:

  • UX strategy
  • Tools or methodologies that make UX more business-friendly
  • UX in the enterprise
  • State of UX education: What should be taught? Who should teach UX?
  • Learning UX without a formal degree or certificate

Article pitches are due by June 8

15.5 | Working with Community and Non-Profit Groups  – November/December 2015
The call for articles will be announced in July 2015

We also welcome proposals at any time. Send your proposal to uxmagazine at uxpa dot org

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, for example, as long as you make it clear why it is relevant to the readers of User Experience.

  • We prefer books that have been published recently or are in a new edition.
  • Book reviews are typically 600-1000 words.
  • They are professionally edited along with all other articles.

If you would like to review a book, send us a note with:

  • The book details: Full title, author, publisher, publication date
  • Why you think the book should be reviewed