Writer's Guidelines

Would you like to write for eLearn Magazine?

We are currently accepting the following types of articles about eLearning, all submissions must be original content that has not been published elsewhere:

  • Opinion-editorials
  • How-to or instructional articles
  • Case studies that are not promotional in nature
  • Research articles
  • Reviews of eLearning books, conferences, e-books, tutorial videos, and eLearning software. All book reviews, software reviews, etc. must present a balanced view including criticisms and areas for potential growth/improvement.
  • Interviews with leading eLearning professionals and academics
  • And articles that explore a specific area or angle of eLearning, especially within the fields of instructional design, online instruction, and corporate training.

Submission Guidelines

Contact Denise Doig with a clear and well developed idea for an article (about 3 paragraphs is all we need), or submit an article as a Word document attached to an email using the format guidelines below.

Please note, once the article has been submitted and reviewed, eLearn Magazine has right of first refusal. For more information on ACM's review policy, please read the following.

Editorial Process

  • All contributed articles will be edited according to eLearn's editorial process, explained below.
  • Once a submission has been accepted, the authors will be asked to submit a draft (unless already completed) of the article by a deadline.
  • Upon delivery, the article will be reviewed by eLearn Magazine's editors and editorial board.
  • Next, the author may be asked to revise the article, based on the board's comments. A new deadline will be determined.
  • When the author delivers the revised article, or if the author's first draft is accepted, the editors will review it, edit it, and assign a tentative date of publication.
  • All authors are required to sign a standard copyright release form, which the editor will provide. Details of the form are available prior to submission upon request.

Please submit your article as a Word document or RTF (see the Submission Guidelines below for complete instructions).

Your article should include:

  • At least one suggested headline or title for the article, subject to change.
  • Authors' full names and affiliations.
  • Body of the article.
  • A 3- to 4-sentence author biography with an email address and links to your web site and blog, if applicable. If you would prefer your email address not be made public, please indicate that.
  • Sidebars, if applicable, such as a list of links to resources or additional reading.

Other Notes

Introduction: Begin your article with the most interesting idea that your article is adding to the field. Please assume that our readers know that eLearning is a growing and interesting field.

Images: Do not embed images in your article. Please send high-res images separately as .jpg, .tif, or .gif. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use images and/or any other material from outside sources before submitting article.

Style: Please write in an informal, non-academic style. Use subheaders to indicate new sections of the article.

Citation: If references must be used, list them in a consistent and well-recognizable format, such as IEEE style.


  • Opinion-editorials: 500-800 words.
  • Research articles, case studies, and other in-depth pieces: up to 3,000 words.
  • All other articles (interview, reviews, etc.): 750-1,200 words.

Contributors: The majority of our writers do not receive payment for their efforts, but are interested in contributing to the growing body of knowledge and study about eLearning.

Readers: Our readership includes providers and consumers of online learning, particularly instructional designers, educators (both scholastic and corporate), and corporate trainers and managers. Please assume that our readers know that eLearning is a growing and interesting field. Begin your article with the most interesting idea that your article is adding to the field.

Copyright: ACM retains ownership of published material. Please refer to the ACM Copyright Policy for more information.

Journalistic Contributions

Please send all journalistic queries to senior editor Denise Doig.

Editorial Contact Information

Denise Doig, Senior Editor: doig@acm.org