Are you interested in contributing content such as news articles, opinion or features?
The Actuary welcomes submissions from both within and without the profession. Find here the contacts you need. Scroll down for our guidelines for authors.
Editor: Yiannis Parizas [email protected]
Yiannis Parizas is an independent actuarial and pricing consultant. Any views are his own and not those of his employers.
Managing editor: Melissa Walton [email protected]
IFoA communications leader: Kate Pearce
- Pensions & Investment: Kimberly Chimsasa
- Life: Blessing Mbukude
- Life & Health: Ruolin Wang
- General Insurance: Fiona Neylon
- General Insurance: Rajeshwarie VS
- Environment & Sustainability: Travis Elsum
- Sustainability: Alex Martin
For queries, letters, comments, interviews, ideas for features and issue themes, suggestions, book reviews etc: [email protected]
For all news items about the profession and the industry: [email protected]
All features correspondence: [email protected]
Update us on people in the profession, social events and networking: [email protected]
Ideas and information for our Student page, edited by actuarial student Adeetya Tantia: [email protected]
Actuary of the Future
Do you know a young actuary set for a glittering career? [email protected]
Ideas for puzzles and brainteasers: [email protected]
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.
2023 ISSUE THEMES AND DEADLINES
Download the 2023 issue themes and deadlines information (PDF)
In the first instance, please contact the features email listed above with a brief synopsis of the article you wish to submit. The relevant editor from our features team will respond.
Feature content and style
Most features 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, 1,300 for a two-page article and 1,700 for a three-page article. Please note that if you include illustrations in your article, the word count will need to be reduced by 100 words for each one 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 additional elements where possible, and to include break-out boxes and further-reading information to add variety, pace and interest. Illustrations such as graphs, diagrams, sidebars and photographs are also encouraged. Please remember to state the source for any data supplied.
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 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.
International perspectives are always welcome. Around 40% of The Actuary's 31,173 readership is based outside the UK.
Timing and copy deadlines
The features editor will discuss with you the content and deadline required. Generally, the magazine is planned two months ahead of publication. Please highlight any information in the article that may be time sensitive and, if later updates are needed, liaise with the features editor to ensure these are included.
Please note, failure to meet the deadline may result in a feature not being published or being postponed until a later edition of the magazine. Do ensure that when a late article is finally submitted, that it is complete and final, as this is the one that will be taken forward.
Authors are encouraged to target contributions to The Actuary's published list of its forthcoming issue themes and deadlines (insert link to features list 2023). This list is a guide only and subject to change.
Please check through your copy carefully for accuracy, clarity and typos. Send it to us in electronic format (preferably Word) by email. Do also provide the following:
>> Your full contact details, including email and mobile
>> Your full job title or, if not applicable, an alternative byline description
>> A suitable photo of yourself (in focus, face-on, portrait-style, taken in good light with the light source behind the photographer, against a plain background). It should be in high resolution (300 dpi) and the file size needs to be at least 1Mb.
If the piece is co-written, then we need the above for both the authors involved. If you are considering an article with more than two authors, we recommend that additional contributors are credited at the end.
>> Tables should be included in the article, in the Word document
>> Diagrams should be included in the article, in the Word document, as well as separately: as both an Excel etc file and as a PDF or email
>> Graphs should be included in the article, in the Word document, as well as separately: as both an Excel etc file and as a PDF or email. Please supply the raw data used to create the graph as a separate electronic file.
>> Images captured from the internet are not suitable for print purposes
>> If necessary, please confirm that permissions have been obtained for any pictures you intend to use
>> We reserve the right to use alternative images of our choice.
Authors retain copyright on the text of their article. The Actuary retains copyright on the presentation of the article; 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, you are allowing us to publish the article in The Actuary magazine and (permanently) on The Actuary magazine's website.
All views expressed by the author remain the responsibility of the author. The Actuary magazine, the publishers and the IFOA accept no responsibility for views expressed in articles.
Articles are contributed free of charge. For the avoidance of doubt, The Actuary will make no payment for articles.
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. Nor can we guarantee publication in a specific issue.
We reserve the right to edit all articles, to fit with the tone, style and consistency of the magazine. Every effort will be made to maintain the accuracy and sense of the original text; authors will be consulted on any material alterations relating to technical content.
We may publish some articles as ‘web-only' exclusive features. These features are given priority billing in The Actuary's monthly email alert, sent to more than 24,000 subscribers, and are 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.
If you would prefer your article not to feature as web only (or if you would prefer that it was solely web only), let us know on submission.
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).