Write for Us: Information for Authors

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

Write for User Experience Magazine.

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.

We do not accept sponsored content.

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. Articles are typically between 1,700 and 2,500 words.

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, articles 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 – a group of volunteer UXers – 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.


2018 Issues

18.1: Open Topics – January/February 2018
As we come to the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned in 2017, and the challenges ahead in 2018. What ideas, tools, processes, or new information relevant to our field do you have to share with UX magazine readers? It’s an open issue, so all topics are welcome!

18.2: Agile – April/May 2018
As Agile continues to gain popularity and become standard IT practice, how are UXers faring? What are the best practices, case studies, ideas for new methods, or stories that are useful to share that could help the broader UX community on this topic?

18.3: Connected World & Future of Design – June-August 2018
As UX increasingly moves outside of devices, what does design look like? What does the field of UX look like? Specifically for IoT, how do you design for a connected world? How is UX being affected by and driving the rapid evolution of social media platforms and practices? What are we learning about how people are interacting within their communities and broadening their exposure outside of their communities?

 

18.4: Research Outside of the Lab & Ethics – September/October 2018
How are people doing research today outside of the lab? What are the trends, techniques, and technologies that practitioners rely on? What role does ethics play in UX in and outside of the lab? Is it time for a new UX code of ethics?

 

18.5: UX Careers, Education, & the Evolving Role of the UX Practitioner – November/December 2018
What do today’s careers in UX look like? What types of formal and informal education do practitioners seek to gain proficiency? How has UX benefited from and realized synergies with other fields, such as development, journalism, and data analysis?
  • Article proposals due before Aug. 16.


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.