Submit YourArticle to ArcUser Magazine

ArcUser magazine is dedicated to helping people who use GIS technology and Esri software. Many ArcUser articles are written by Esri software users. If you would like to submit an article for possible publication, please read and follow these guidelines.

To be considered for publication, the text of your article must be submitted through the Esri Article Submission and Copyright Policy website. Don't upload the graphics submitted with the article through this site. Send them separately (See the section "Graphic Guidelines" below for additional information.)

All articles received by the deadline date for a specific issue will be reviewed and considered for that issue or possibly a later issue. Although early submissions are encouraged, no decisions regarding possible inclusion in the magazine are made before the article submission deadline.

Article Submission Deadlines

Issue Deadline
Issue Article Deadline
Spring 2019 2/8/2019
Summer 2019 5/10/2019
Fall 2019 8/16/2019
Winter 2020 11/1/2019

ArcUser and ArcNews

Esri has two distinctly different GIS publications. ArcNews provides news of Esri, its products, services, users, and business partners. ArcUser articles target existing users of Esri software who are GIS professionals, GIS managers, or GIS developers. Articles written for ArcNews will not work in ArcUser and vice versa. Simultaneous submissions are strongly discouraged and pointless since an article will not run in both publications.

Article Formats

ArcUser is a magazine, not a journal. Do not submit research papers. Send magazine articles written in a lively and accessible style. Articles are written in English, in the third person with an international audience in mind, and are 500 to 2,000 words in length. Articles substantially longer than 2,000 words will be returned.

Send article text in the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows or Mac
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)

Do not send articles in Adobe PDF format or as scanned images. No matter which word processing program you use, do not use any fancy formatting or styles.

The magazine is designed to be visually appealing. Please send illustrations such as screen captures, maps, photographs, diagrams, charts, or tables that help tell the story. Specific information on specific types of graphics is found in the Graphics Guidelines section.

ArcUser magazine focuses on users. ArcUser seeks three types of articles—feature articles, tutorials, and articles describing the integration of GIS with other technologies. Do not submit product announcements or advertisements or press releases disguised as articles.


Feature stories describe how real people and organizations have used Esri products and services and/or those of Esri business partners to solve problems, improve processes, realize cost savings, or perform tasks that would not be possible in the absence of GIS.

When writing a feature article, please mention specific data sources, whether government or commercial, and—as appropriate—answer some of the following questions:

  • Why was the project or application undertaken? What problem or issue did it address?
  • What aspects of the project or application were the most successful or unique?
  • How long did it take to complete?
  • What savings in time or money were realized?
  • Did it enable the organization to do things it could not do previously?
  • How was GIS integrated with other technologies in the organization?
  • How long has it been in use?
  • What is the future of the project or application?
  • Tutorials

    Tutorials describe how to accomplish a GIS-related task using Esri software or provide tips that make readers more productive when doing common tasks. For articles that describe a process or involve a script or program you have written, please specify what the reader will need to perform the process or use the script or program—what software, software version, and hardware configuration including the amount of drive space needed for data files.

    With scripts and programs, please comment your code so readers can follow the logic more easily. All scripts and programs are tested before publication. Thoroughly test your code before submitting it. Identify the type of dataset your program or script should be used with. Supply a sample dataset that you own or that is in the public domain. If your tutorial uses data owned by a third party, ArcUser must receive written permission for usage by Esri from the owner of the data before your article can be considered for publication.

    Technology Integration

    Some articles explain how emerging technologies related to GIS or show how existing technologies can be integrated with GIS in new ways. Identify the audience for the piece in terms of interest and expertise. Tell readers if your article assumes that they have knowledge of specific subjects such as a particular programming language. Direct them to sources of additional information on topics that may be new or unfamiliar to many readers. These resources can be books, articles, or websites, but they should be readily available.

    Graphic Guidelines

    Articles need artwork. Make sure that any digital photographs submitted were captured at a large size (i.e., lots of pixels) and saved with little or no compression asTIF, JPEG, or PNG files. You must own the copyright for any photographs you submit or supply written permission for their use by Esri.

    Send original digital screen shots or images. Send screen shots in that have been saved in TIF, BMP, or JPG (at low compression with highest quality). High quality screen captures from ArcGIS for Desktop can be simply made by exporting maps as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 ppi.

    Do not send GIF images. Do not send images that have been saved from Microsoft applications such as PowerPoint, Word, or Excel. These images contain formatting that makes them unsuitable for use in the magazine.

    Send clearly drawn and labeled diagrams or charts and Esri's graphics department will create illustrations that complement the magazine's design.

    Please provide a caption for each graphic that clearly describes how it relates to the article. List captions at the end of the article or send caption information in an e-mail or include it in a separate document. Use the file name for a digital image to relate its caption to the graphic.

    After submitting article text through the ArcUser Online website, send the accompanying graphics to the editor by e-mail, mail, or contact the Publication team staff for assistance using the Esri Managed File Transfer (MFT) site.

    Checklist for All Articles

    • Include the full name and title and/or affiliation for all authors as they should appear in the byline.
    • Authors should not quote themselves in the article.
    • Provide brief biographies for all authors that list education and/or GIS-related work and interests.
    • At the end of the article, please include the sentence, "For more information, contact" followed by the names, titles, affiliations, and contact information for one or more of the authors. Please see a copy of ArcUser for examples.
    • Send a list of the graphics that will accompany the article and include a brief caption for each graphic.

    Send correspondence and graphics to:
    Monica Pratt, ArcUser Editor
    380 New York Street
    Redlands, CA 92373-8100
    Tel.: 909-793-2853, ext. 1-1712

    Thank you for your interest in ArcUser magazine. We look forward to reading your article.