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.

We expect to hear from the principal author directly.

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.

2017 Issues

17.1 | Cloudworking and Big Data – February/March 2017

17.2 | Designing politics/Politics of design  – April/May/June 2017

17.3 | Global UX: Focus on Asia – July/August 2017
One of our periodic deep dives into a region, this year we look at UX in Asia and South Asia. We invite articles from UXers who live or work in the region, showcasing their talent, processes, products and state of UX. We’ve selected articles for this issue and it will be published in July.

17.4 | UX at Scale – September/October 2017
Are we ready for success? UX is scaling up with bigger teams and bigger projects, with people spanning the globe or crisscrossing departments within a company. How do we manage teams, keep work consistent as it grows, create tools and training, and work at an enterprise scale. No matter how your UX work is growing, we invite you to share your challenges and successes.

Articles can focus on any aspect of scale, including:

  • The structure of successful UX teams and how they relate to the rest of the organization
  • Moving UX towards a more strategic, goal-directed design view
  • Creating and maintaining pattern libraries, style guides and other tools
  • Managing UX in a fast-paced agile organization
  • Is it time for DesignOps as a partner to DevOps?
  • Designing across multiple languages, devices, organizations, or audiences
  • Managing large teams
  • UX across large products or websites
  • Managing your career as UX scales up
June 11 – Article proposals due
July 17  – Article drafts due for accepted articles
Sept 10 – Issue launches

17.5 | Virtual worlds/Real worlds – November/December 2017
UX isn’t just for screens. Interactions now blend online with the real world, from business services to games, from virtual reality to the Internet of Things, from wayfinding apps to information seeking. This issue will explore the trends and challenges on the frontier of technology
Call opens in July


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.