ArcNews Article Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in ArcNews. Many ArcNews articles are written by Esri users and partners. We look forward to receiving yours.

Please thoroughly read and follow the publication guidelines before submitting an article for consideration. Articles must follow these guidelines to be considered for publication.

All articles received by the deadline for an issue will be considered for that issue or possibly a later issue. Do not send drafts. Send the final, polished article that has been signed off by all applicable persons or departments.

In addition to following the publication guidelines, you must give Esri permission to use the submitted text and graphics by agreeing to the copyright policy and uploading the text of your article through the website. Articles should be provided in Microsoft Word files, RTF, plain text, or a similar text format. Do not use any fancy formatting, styles, or desktop publishing to produce your article. Do not send articles in PDF format.

Issue Submission Deadline
Spring 2019 January 11, 2019
Summer 2019 April 1, 2019
Fall 2019 July 29, 2019
Winter 2020 October 23, 2019

Article Guidelines

Articles in ArcNews describe how a problem was solved using Esri software. Esri products or services must have a meaningful role in the article, not merely be mentioned. Articles in this publication are not highly technical. They should be understandable to someone who has only some familiarity with GIS.

ArcNews stories are written in the third person (he, she, they, it) and are at least 750 words and no longer than 1,200 words. Articles need to be written from an international perspective. For example, write "United States Library of Congress Center for Geographic Information," not "Center for Geographic Information."

ArcNews is a magazine, not a journal. Do not send papers. Instead, send articles written in a lively and engaging manner. Do not use figure references. Do not use footnotes. If a source should be referenced, do so in the body of the article parenthetically. ArcNews does not publish press releases, product announcements, or advertisements disguised as articles.

ArcNews prints real-life, solution-based stories that describe how real people and specific organizations are doing good work with Esri products and services. The GIS user is the focus of the article. ArcNews does not print articles from users about planned applications and proposed projects.

Discuss Esri software products in relation to their specific use. For example, don't just say, "So and so uses ArcGIS." Say instead, "So and so uses ArcGIS to analyze operational data, allowing users to view the near real-time position of each subject." As appropriate, mention specific data sources, whether government or commercial.

Graphics Guidelines

Articles need artwork. Send at least two graphics with each article. These graphics can include screenshots, maps created using Esri software, photographs, diagrams, and other visuals that can help tell the story. You must either own or have permission (in writing, which you include with the submission) for each graphic submitted.

Send original screenshots and other graphics saved with little or no compression in TIF, BMP, PSD, PNG, or JPEG format. Do not send images that have been embedded in a Microsoft Office product (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). See Formats for Digital Files and Making Screenshots for more details.

Send a caption of each graphic in a Microsoft Word, RTF, or text document correlating the graphic file name with the caption. Send graphics separately but at the same time as the article. E-mail them, send them by snail mail on a CD, or request assistance from the publication staff to upload them using the Esri MFT site.


After reading the guidelines and writing the article, please go through this checklist:

  • Include the name, title, and affiliation of all authors.
  • Use the full name of any organizations and spell out acronyms on first reference.
  • At the end of each article, include the sentence, "For more information, contact ..." and then include contact information (names, titles, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and/or e-mail addresses).
  • Do not quote yourself in the article.
  • Include graphics to illustrate the article and write a caption for each graphic

When your review is complete, please submit the article via the Esri Article Submission and Copyright Policy page. Article submission deadlines are subject to change. Please send articles when they are ready—regardless of deadlines.

Contact Information

Citabria Stevens
ArcNews Editor

380 New York Street
Redlands, CA 92373-8100

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