Contributing to Coaching at Work

We very much welcome your contributions and ideas. Here is some guidance on how you can contribute.

NEWS
Coaching at Work- both the bi-monthly magazine, the online site and monthly e-newsletter – is always on the look-out for company news and case studies, coaching/mentoring research, new coaching and mentoring initiatives, news about people changing jobs in the coaching/mentoring arena, conferences, speeches.

LETTERS

we welcome letters in response to articles you have particularly liked, hated, found inspiring, provocative, annoying……up to 300 words.

WRITING ARTICLES –
see below.

Writing articles for Coaching at Work

Please read these guidelines before submitting an article/article proposal to Coaching at Work.
Coaching at Work publishes articles on all aspects of coaching and mentoring. It is an independently-owned magazine which has the backing of the main UK coaching professional bodies including the AC, APECS, CIPD, EMCC, ICF and SCP.

If you are interested in submitting an article for publication, please first read the contributors guidelines provided here. To contact us, write to the editor at liz@coaching-at-work.com or call 0844 209 2157.

Submitting articles
In the first instance it is useful for us to receive a summary of your ideas for an article. Proposals should be no longer than two pages. We usually commission feature articles approximately ten weeks in advance of publication date, so if you want your idea to be included in a particular issue, please offer it well in advance. Proposals for articles should be addressed to the editor. We do receive a lot of proposals so do bear with us but we will endeavour to get back to you promptly.

Please include your contact details and an e-mail address with the summary. We will follow up ideas that we think have potential and will contact you one way or the other.

If we do commission you to write the article, we will give you a deadline, and you will receive a copyright letter setting out the legal agreement to publish. Complete articles should be submitted by email. Any diagrams or figures should be included in separate documents via e-mail. We would also like you to supply a colour photograph of yourself and a 100-150 word biographical statement to accompany the article.

The publishing process
Once we have accepted an article and received the copy by the specified deadline, we will edit it to ensure it reads clearly, fits the initial brief and that any queries are answered and missing information supplied. If substantial changes are made it will be returned to you for final approval. The article then passes to the sub-editors who write headlines, sub-headings and introductions (“standfirsts”) to the articles, edit them for grammar, house style, and to fit the exact word count for the page. The article goes directly from this stage to print, and you will not be able to view the proofs. A licence agreement will have to be signed before publication.

You will receive 2 complimentary paper copies of the issue of the magazine in which your article appears. (Further copies can be purchased at a special discounted price for our authors.) We do not normally provide PDFs of articles for distribution.

The features section
Coaching at Work has around 36 pages of original feature articles and regular columns written by specialist journalists, coaching professionals, HR practitioners, consultants and academics in every issue. We publish articles about best practice and “leading-edge” ideas and act as a forum for debate on topical issues. We do not normally accept articles that have been published elsewhere or that aim to promote a particular product or service or are purely promotional copy for the organisation involved.

GENERAL FEATURES
These are usually 1,000 to 1,700 words in length (two to three magazine pages) but occasionally may be longer. They include investigations of current issues and developments, business case-studies or reports on recent research. We like to link theory and policy with examples of practice, so features often contain a panel with a “mini case study” to illustrate the point being discussed.

COVER FEATURE (the lead feature)
These often have a theoretical, strategic or policy theme. They are up to 2,400 words in length and contain a number of panels, case-studies and text-boxes of additional information.

VIEWPOINT (600 words)
We welcome opinion pieces about coaching/mentoring-related issues you feel passionately about. These one-page opinion columns cover the entire range of subjects in the coaching
field and key topical issues, should be focused on a specific issue or subject and concisely argued, using relevant business examples and statistical evidence where appropriate. The column should express a firm opinion, and/or challenge some aspect of policy or practice, or provide uplifting/challenging/provocative food for thought.

TROUBLESHOOTER
Here, we pose a question/problem (220 words) and offer two solutions (300 each). We are always on the look-out for contributors, one providing a problem and a solution and another just the solution. Contributors can remain anonymous if it’s a particularly sensitive issue. The problem is then put to a panel of practitioners for their response.

INTERNATIONAL LETTER FROM (600 words)
This is an article in the form of a letter from overseas, giving a feel for how coaching/mentoring is applied in that particular country or comparing its approach with that of other countries or relating a particular trend from that country.

ROAD TEST
In this slot we look at various tools and techniques such as MBTI and how they can be applied in coaching and mentoring. We welcome coach and client volunteers to “road test” tools.
The column is around 1,000 words in length and aims to give readers an insight into a tool and how they might adopt it into their coaching toolkit. Contributors need to offer a brief description of the tool, its origins and how it works, followed by both the coach and client´s first person account of their experiences (200 words each), benefits gained, difficulties in using it and so on. On some occasions, the client may wish to remain anonymous although we prefer this not to be the case.

MANAGER-AS-COACH
This column is around 600 words and offers practical tools to help managers coach. Contributors outline a model/tool which managers can easily and practically incorporate into their management style.

BOOK REVIEWS
We welcome suggestions of books to review, and experienced practitioner volunteers to write reviews of 200-250 words.

FEATURES (1000/1200/1700/2400 words)

If you have a suggestion for a feature, please send in a synopsis of up to three paragraphs describing your ideas and how you would go about presenting them. If you have egs. of previously published material, please send these.

HOW TO (1,000 words)
This is a highly-practical piece looking at coaching or mentoring in particular circumstances. We welcome suggestions for topics. They are highly practical articles designed to convey best practice principles and be of use to coaches/mentors in their everyday work. They will be written in a logical, step-by-step fashion, with practical hints and tips for successful application, dos and don’ts, bullet-pointed summaries and sources of further information.

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Editorial material should be emailed to The Editor, Liz Hall. Email: liz@coaching-at-work.com

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