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Contribute - writing for The Actuary

Are you interested in contributing content such as news articles, opinion or features?

The Actuary welcomes contributed content from both within the profession and externally. Here we provide you with all the information you need including contacts and guidelines for authors.


CONTACTS

General enquiries
For general enquiries, letters, comments on articles, interviews, forthcoming issue themes, Soapbox suggestions, Book reviews, Actuary of the future, etc please contact editor@theactuary.com

Editor: Richard Purcell, editor@theactuary.com
Managing editor: Sharon Maguire Tel +44 (0)20 7880 6200

News
All news items (profession, education, industry, people and societies news) should be submitted to news@theactuary.com

IFoA news editor: Alison Jiggins
People/societies news editor: Yvonne Wan

News desk (Redactive): Chris Seekings

Arts & books
Please send recommendations/suggestions for arts content and reviews to arts@theactuary.com

Arts editor: Sharon Maguire

Student
Please send ideas/suggestions for articles and topics of interest to actuarial students to studentpage@theactuary.com

Student page editor: Joseph Mills and Jason Whalley


Actuary of the Future
Do you know a young actuary set for a glittering career? Please send nominations to AOTF@theactuary.com

Puzzles
Please send ideas for puzzles and brainteasers to puzzles@theactuary.com


Features
Please send all features correspondence to features@theactuary.com

Features team:
Jeremy Lee (pensions, investment, ERM, banking)
Gemma Gregson (GI, reinsurance, environment) 
Gary Smith (life, banking, risk)
Stephen Hyams (pensions, investment, risk)

David Boland (life, regulation)

Yves Colomb (GI)


Important information for all contributors - please read carefully
By submitting content for publication you confirm that:
(a) You (and/or other named contributors) are the sole author(s) of the content submitted
(b) The content you submit is original and has not previously been published (unless you specifically advise us to the contrary)
(c) You haven't previously licensed the use of the content you submit
(d) So far as you are aware, the content submitted will not infringe any third party rights, be defamatory or in any way illegal.


2017 ISSUE THEMES AND DEADLINES    

Download the 2017 issue themes and deadlines information (PDF)


FEATURES GUIDELINES
In the first instance please contact the features team listed above with a brief synopsis of the feature you wish to submit.

1 Feature content and style
1.1 Most feature articles that appear in the magazine occupy one or two pages, although longer articles will be considered.

The word count limit is 700 words of text for a single page article, 1,400 for two-page articles and 2100 for three-page articles. Please note that if you include illustrations (see below for examples) in your article, the word count will need to be reduced by 100 words for each illustration used. Longer articles are sometimes considered for publication in the magazine. In some instances, additional text from longer articles may be published in full on the website.

Authors are actively encouraged to supply these additional elements where possible, and to include breakout boxes and ‘further reading' information to add variety, pace and interest for the reader. Illustrations, such as graphs, diagrams, sidebars or photographs are also encouraged. Please remember to state the source for data supplied in tables, graphs etc.

Authors should adhere closely to these guidelines to avoid significant revisions to their articles or delays in the editing process.

Authors are encouraged to include ‘active voice' elements in their articles, such as quotes from relevant sources, or the inclusion of case studies, and to look at alternative ways of presenting the information, for example, articles structured as a Q&A or a ‘for and against' debate.

It should be borne in mind that around 40% of The Actuary's 25,500 readership is based outside of the UK and therefore any relevant international perspective that can be included is welcome.

2 Timing and copy deadlines
2.1 The author and features editor should discuss approximate content and precise deadlines before article submission. Generally, the minimum copy date is seven weeks before publication. The Actuary is published on the last Thursday of the month preceding cover date. Please highlight any information in the article that may be time-sensitive and, if later edits are needed, liaise with the features editors to ensure the most up-to-date information appears.

2.2 Please note that failure to meet copy deadline may result in a feature not being published or being postponed until a later edition of the magazine. However, please ensure also that the version submitted by the deadline is complete, with all revisions made, as this is the one that will be taken forward. Any ‘final edit' versions sent after the deadline risk being rejected.

2.3 Authors are encouraged to target contributions to The Actuary's published list of forthcoming issue themes and deadlines. However these themes are not exclusive and The Actuary covers a range of features content each issue to cater for its readership across different practice areas.

3 Authors' details
3.1 When submitting their articles, authors should provide the following:
>> Full contact details including telephone, mobile and email
>> A photo of each author to accompany the article (see advice below)
>> A suggested by-line for each author
>> A suggested title for the article.

Please note that articles should be authored by a maximum of two people, in order that we can print photos and by-lines for each author. If you are considering writing an article with more than two authors, we recommend that additional contributors are 'credited/thanked' at the end of the article.

4 Format
4.1 Text must be sent in electronic format (preferably Word or compatible) by email.

5 Illustrations
5.1 Illustrations should be sent in the following formats:
>> Tables to appear in the article should be included as part of the electronic file.
>> Diagrams to appear in the article should be included as part of the electronic file and should also be sent as separate electronic file (ie. source data) (eg. Excel) plus hard copy (PDF, mail).
>> Graphs to appear in the article should be included as part of the electronic file and should also be sent as hard copy (PDF, mail). Please supply the raw data used to create the graph (to ensure that the graph can be recreated if necessary) as a separate electronic file.
>> Photographs should be sent in electronic format such as large file (eg. over 1Mb), high-resolution (300 dpi) jpegs. Images captured from the Internet are not suitable for print purposes.
>> For author photos, please provide a suitable face-on, portrait-style image. These should be taken in good light (preferably daylight) with the light source behind the photographer, against a plain background. Again, large file, high-res images are required. Smiling doesn't hurt either.
>> Please could you confirm that permissions have been obtained for any pictures you intend to use which may be subject to copyright or require permission for publication.
>> Where necessary we will use an alternative illustrative image of our choice.

6 Copyright / legal
6.1 Authors retain copyright on the text of their article. The Actuary retains copyright on the ‘typographical arrangement' - ie. formatting - of the article, and therefore exact reproduction of the article as published (whether in print or on the web) is not possible without prior consent from The Actuary. By submitting your article to us, you are understood to be allowing us to publish the article in The Actuary magazine and also (permanently) on The Actuary magazine's website.

6.2 All views expressed by the author(s) remain the responsibility of the author. The Actuary magazine and the publishers the IFOA accept no responsibility for views expressed in articles.

6.3 All articles are understood to be contributed free of charge. For the avoidance of doubt, The Actuary will make no payment for articles other than as may have been expressly agreed in writing before submission.

7 Web-exclusive content
7.1 Due to the high volume of articles we receive, we may publish some articles as ‘web-only' exclusive features. These features are given priority billing in The Actuary's monthly email alert which goes to over 24,000 subscribers, and are also promoted in the contents page of the magazine. Web-exclusive features are widely read and we view them as a vital part of our magazine.

Please let us know if you would prefer not to have your article published as web-only, by highlighting this to the features editors on the submission of your article. However, please note that we are unable to guarantee publication of articles in the print edition of the magazine. If, on the other hand, you would prefer that your feature is included on the web only then please let us know. We will also use the web option for articles that do not conform to our word-count guidelines.

8 Publication
8.1 Due to the large number of submissions we receive we cannot guarantee publication of any article, either in advance of receiving it, or once it has been submitted. We also cannot guarantee publication in a specific issue.

8.2 Text word count will be reduced if an article is too long, and changes to the text may be made to conform to the style of the magazine. Every effort will be made to maintain the sense of the original text; authors will be consulted on any material alterations relating to technical content.

8.3 Authors should pay particular attention to clarity and readability. Submissions that require heavy editing are less likely to be published.

9 Style
9.1 Things you already know about good writing style:
>> Proofread carefully to see if you any words out
>> Avoid clichés like the plague. They're old hat.
>> Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies
>> Be more or less specific
>> Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually) unnecessary
>> Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc
>> The passive voice is to be avoided
>> What does ‘this' refer to? This is not clear. Qualify.
>> Double-check spelling of worms which may ship through spellcheckers - manger instead of manager, morality instead of mortality?

Recommended style and English usage guides:
The Economist Style Guide - www.economist.com/research/styleguide
Fowler's Modern English Usage
Grammar and Style by Michael Dummett (Duckworth)
Mind the Gaffe by RL Trask (Penguin).

10 Writer of the month
Thank you for contributing to The Actuary. All features contributors are considered for a ‘Writer of the Month' prize (supplied by SIAS) awarded for the best feature in the magazine or online.

Important information for all contributors - please read carefully
By submitting content for publication you confirm that:
(a) You (and/or other named contributors) are the sole author(s) of the content submitted
(b) The content you submit is original and has not previously been published (unless you specifically advise us to the contrary)
(c) You haven't previously licensed the use of the content you submit
(d) So far as you are aware, the content submitted will not infringe any third party rights, be defamatory or in any way illegal.

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