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Publish an Article with Inspectioneering

In order to ensure a diverse collection of industry knowledge and experience, Inspectioneering Journal not only welcomes, but encourages industry professionals from all backgrounds and levels of experience to submit articles for publication.

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in publishing with Inspectioneering! Inspectioneering Journal (IJ), our flagship publication, and the content available on inspectioneering.com, would not be possible without the contributions of industry practitioners and subject matter experts like yourself. We hope that the guidance provided in the following pages will make the article submission process as seamless as possible.

Inspectioneering provided an excellent platform to deliver the message to my target audience. The article creation process was very collaborative and Inspectioneering’s editors were engaged from the brainstorming session through to the final draft. I was very pleased with the final product and would highly recommend them to anyone considering publication in this industry.

Mike Pelezo

Global Director, Rotark

It’s been a great experience working with the editors at Inspectioneering on several articles over the past few years. I really appreciated the extra attention to detail given during the editing process and genuine interest in making my papers as professionally presentable, appealing, and informative to readings as possible. Well done to the fine group at Inspectioneering!

Tim Haugen

Service Line Director - Inspection Technologies, Quest Integrity

Thank you for continuing to share our case studies with the public. It shows me the traits I value so much about Inspectioneering: the steadfast support to the community that makes our equipment run safely, the thirst for new ideas useful to our community, and the commitment to educating us.

Ana Benz

Chief Engineer & Director, IRISNDT

Getting Started

Articles submitted to Inspectioneering for publication go through a meticulous internal editorial review and editing process prior to final publication. We receive a large amount of article submissions and have limited space in our editorial calendar. As such, we have provided some guidance and resources to help you prepare your article for submission.

  1. Please carefully review our publishing guidelines, which must be adhered to by all Inspectioneering Journal authors.
  2. Our style guide contains best practices and helpful advice when writing Inspectioneering Journal articles.
  3. Download our Microsoft Word article template as a starting point for your article, which will ensure it is properly formatted.
  4. When you're ready to submit your article for review, complete the article submission form and our team will begin the editing process and reach out to you to coordinate scheduling the publication of your article.

Reasons to Write for Inspectioneering

  1. Inspectioneering is accessed and read by thousands of like-minded industry professionals in over 130 countries.
  2. Sharing your knowledge and experience can promote personal and professional growth.
  3. Writing demonstrates your commitment to your craft and to improving the industries in which we all serve.
  4. Articles will enhance your individual reputation and credibility, as well as the reputation of your company.
  5. Writing provides a permanent record of your ideas and experience, which might otherwise be lost.
  6. Published works can be referenced in job applications, as well as applications for memberships in professional associations.

Additional Author Benefits

  • All IJ authors are entitled to receive up to five (5) complimentary hard copies of his/her issue upon request.
  • All IJ authors automatically receive a free 6 month digital subscription with Inspectioneering beginning with their issue month.
  • All IJ authors will receive a custom PDF of their article to be used for promotional purposes.
  • All authors will be recognized for their contribution in the Author Archive on inspectioneering.com.
  • All authors and their companies may qualify for advertising discounts.

Publishing Guidelines

Subject Matter

Articles submitted for publication should address "asset integrity issues" in the oil & gas, chemical, petrochemical, power & utility, pulp & paper, metals & mining, and/or nuclear industries. Topics may include, but are not limited to, front end engineering and design, general engineering principles and practices, reliability engineering, metallurgy, corrosion and materials, inspection methodologies and techniques, inspection technologies, fitness-for-service, risk management, asset integrity management, process safety management, newly available software, codes and standards, and continuing education/certifications.

Articles should be directed at engineering, inspection, reliability, maintenance and/or management professionals from owner-operating companies in the aforementioned industries. Submitted articles should be thorough and paint the "whole picture" for the reader. For example, if you discuss the benefits of a particular inspection technology, you should also discuss its limitations. Similarly, if you write an article about failure mechanisms in refining equipment, you should present the potential causes, as well as potential solutions. We seek to increase our readers' "Asset Integrity Intelligence" so that they can perform their jobs more proficiently, their equipment can run more reliably, and their company can become more profitable. Adhering to these guidelines will help to promote improved knowledge, awareness, and culture within the Inspectioneering community.

It is of the greatest importance that all technical, scientific, and mathematical information contained in the article be checked with the utmost care prior to submission and publication. A slight mistake could result in a serious error for someone using that information down the road. Inspectioneering does its best to verify the accuracy of all information, however the responsibility truly lies in the author(s) compiling the information. Inspectioneering explicitly disclaims any liability resulting from the use of inaccurate information published in Inspectioneering Journal or inspectioneering.com.

Audience

Inspectioneering reaches a very specialized audience within an already niche market. 73% of our readership is currently employed by owner-operators in the processing industries and 72% of our readers hold advanced positions within their organizations. Advanced titles include lead, manager, specialist, senior, director, chief, coordinator, head, supervisor, superintendent, principal, officer, advisor, and authority.

Commercial Free

The primary mission of Inspectioneering is to deliver non-biased, educational and practical information to our readers in the oil & gas, chemical, petrochemical, and other process industries. Therefore, we ask that articles submitted for publication remain free of commercial content, subjective slant, and bias. Any blatant advertisement for a particular product or service will either be edited out or will cause the article to be rejected entirely. Moreover, service company names and product trade names should not be used in the body of the article. For advertising opportunities, please send inquiries to advertise@inspectioneering.com.

Length and Format

Unless otherwise agreed upon, articles should be between 1,000 - 5,000 words and contain no more than ten (10) illustrations. From time to time we do accept shorter articles, however we require a minimum of 500 words and three (3) illustrations. Article topics that require more words and further attention may be considered as a series. Depending on the subject matter, depth of coverage, and writing style, submitted articles may be selected for publication in the Journal or as an online article, guest blog post, or another content type. This decision will be made collectively by Inspectioneering's editors and the author(s).

Inspectioneering does not require any specific format for submitted articles. We typically let our authors present the information how they best see fit. However we do have several recommendations for putting together an effective article.

  1. Use clear, easy to understand terms and expressions. Do not try to impress the reader; try to engage the reader. Well thought out, yet concise, sentences will improve the reader's experience and increase the article's overall effectiveness.
  2. Open with a strong lead paragraph that quickly summarizes the key points of your article. Try and answer the "what, why, and how" as soon as possible. This is the best time to provide the essence of the article and briefly explain why it is important to the reader/industry (e.g. improves reliability, reduces costs, increases safety, makes job easier, etc.).
  3. After you have introduced the subject matter, take time to thoroughly describe the problem, the means of solution, and any other information necessary to properly qualify the results presented.
  4. If possible, try to incorporate real world examples or case studies into the article to help support the information being presented. Theories and ideas are great, but theories and ideas backed by actual evidence from operators and technicians in the field are best.
  5. Be sure to wrap up the article by recapping the key takeaways in some sort of concluding paragraph. Let the reader know what they should have gotten out of the article just in case they missed something.

Article Submission

In order for an article to be considered for an upcoming issue of Inspectioneering Journal, we require that all materials be submitted no later than the first day of the first month of that upcoming issue. For example, for publication in the January/February issue, everything must be submitted by January 1st. Inspectioneering cannot guarantee publication in any particular issue, but we will work with the author(s) to ensure articles are published at a time that is appropriate for all parties.

All other content types, including online articles, guest blogs, infographics, etc., can be submitted at any time for review and approval. If approved, Inspectioneering will work with the author(s) to select a publication date that works for all parties.
   
All articles should be submitted electronically to Greg Alvarado, Chief Editor, at publish@inspectioneering.com, unless otherwise agreed upon. Each submission should include: name(s) of author(s), name of company or companies if it's a joint project, contact mailing address, phone number, email address, short (less than 100 words) author bio, and a high resolution headshot photo of the author(s). You should also indicate whether the article is being submitted exclusively to Inspectioneering or has appeared in another forum, such as a separate publication, conference presentation, seminar, etc.
       
Materials should be submitted in a Microsoft Word document and all figures (graphs, charts, drawings, photos, etc.), tables, and diagrams should be referenced and numbered within the text of the submitted writing. Authors must also send us all figures, tables, and diagrams in separate attachments, even if embedded in text of submitted article. All figures, tables, and diagrams should be titled (titles should provide description). All images must be print-quality resolution (at least 300 DPI), and submitted in commonly used formats (i.e. PDF, PSD, TIF, AI, and EPS).

References

Inspectioneering has adopted the same Reference Formatting Guidelines utilized by ASME. You can review our formatting guidelines by clicking here.

Editing

Inspectioneering reserves the right to edit any article submitted for publication in order to ensure it adheres to our publishing guidelines. Furthermore, articles may be edited to improve clarity and style. Once an article has been accepted and the editing process is complete, a final version will be sent to the author(s) for approval prior to publication.

License and Release

If the article has been published in the past, including but not limited to inclusion in other publications, intra-company documents, company newsletters, and /or company websites, the author must acquire permission and a release from the prior publishing party. Moreover, if information included in the article is based on the activities of an organization other than the one employing the author, the author must acquire permission and a release from that organization. If a release is necessary, it is the author's responsibility to obtain and provide Inspectioneering with said release.

By submitting an article, author(s) warrant(s) that author(s) has/have the necessary authority, permission, and right to submit article for publication. Upon submission, author(s) grant(s) Inspectioneering the unconditional right to edit, reword, rearrange, rewrite, publish, distribute, and recycle the article. Upon prior notification to Inspectioneering, author(s) and employer(s) (entity in which author(s) is/are employee(s) of at time of publication) have the right to use the published work for promotional purposes including, but not limited to, publication on employer's website and distribution of the work in promotional materials. However, the article may not be sold by any party or republished by any entity, other than employer, without express written permission from Inspectioneering.

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