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 guest posts or sponsored content.
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.
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.
- Read the magazine editorial guidelines for information about process, style and formatting.
- Author’s publication release form.
19.1: Open Topics – January/February 2019
As we come to the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve learned in 2018, and the challenges ahead in 2019. 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!
- Article proposals due Dec. 10.
19.2: Privacy and Ethics – April 2019
How are privacy laws and regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affecting the way you do or think about UX? What are your thoughts on the lines between privacy, accessibility and ethics? How can UX help or hurt in giving protections to users about understanding whether their information is private?
- Article proposals due Jan. 31.
19.3: Voice Interfaces – September/October 2019
Voice interfaces are meant to be the next level of Human Computer Interaction. With quite a few experiences on the market, it is a good time to review what has been done and improved regarding speech-related user experiences and interactions. We are looking for articles that showcase reflections and hands-on experiences related to voice interfaces, the level of maturity of this area and how speech is affecting consumer decision making, use and perception.
- Article proposals due August 14.
Additional issues for 2019 to be announced soon.
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.