Guidelines and Suggestions for Submitting Articles for the Piano Technicians Journal

When the editorial staff receives submissions from Journal contributors, we convert all files to the same format. The closer the files arrive to their final format, the less chance of error during publication. These guidelines and suggestions will make it easier your article to be included in the Journal.

General
Articles may be anywhere from 500-2500 words in length. Complex technical articles are at the long end of that spectrum, while book or CD reviews are at the shorter end. Articles longer than 2500 words will be considered for publication as a series.  We print about 500-600 words per page plus illustrations and seek to include at least three feature articles per issue.

Grammar
We make every effort to maintain an author's voice while making the text conform to well-established rules of English grammar and Journal style. Please don't take offense at whatever editing may occur once you submit your text. Similarly, don't let weak writing skills prevent you from sending in material. We will work hard to share your ideas with the world in a consistent, grammatically correct way while giving you all the credit. In fact, most of the time authors don't even know that editing has taken place. Send us your articles!

Text Standards
Word document format: .doc format
Text Font: Times New Roman
Font size: 12
All margins: 1”
Indent paragraphs with the tab key or use block style paragraphing. Do not change margins to indent paragraphs or blocks of text.
Avoid use of alternate styles, different fonts or larger font sizes for titles and headings as formatting will be done at layout. Any attempts to create layout makes inclusion of your article more difficult.

Illustrations
Illustrations are an important part of the Journal.  Please include supporting photos, drawings, graphs and/or charts when you submit the article. Also, please consider where your illustrations might be placed within the body of the article and mark them as such. (Your actual high-resolution images will be turned in seperatley and you will be guided through that submission process.)

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Note: Be sure to name your illustrations accordingly.

Format for charts, graphs: .pdf
Format for hand drawings: .jpg or .pdf

Remember all Illustrations (charts, graphs, drawings, photos, etc.) must be made with the highest quality settings available to you.

Photographs
Format: .jpeg
Minimum size: Set your camera to its highest quality setting and send the original file.

Picture-Taking Tips
• Keep your hand as steady as possible when taking pictures. If necessary, try bracing against a solid object otherwise your pictures may end up being too blurry to use. (If you have the ability to use a tripod, please do.)
• Don't hold your camera too close to the subject or the picture may blur.
• When taking a photo of a person, put their head in the top half of the frame otherwise you will have a lot of sky or ceiling in the photo. Be careful to include all of a person’s head and hair.
• Don’t cut off a person's foot when taking a full-length picture. Include feet.
• In group photos, don’t line up people like soldiers on review. Faces can be at different levels and people can be looking at each other or at an appropriate focus of attention.
• Look at the background when taking a picture of people. Avoid pictures where you have things like branches "growing" out of peoples' heads.
• Don’t take pictures with other things in the background that are distracting.
• Always have subjects face the light source. The light source should be behind you otherwise their faces often end up being too dark and the background too light.
• A cloudy day or a neutral window shade can be excellent sources of filtered, even light.
• After you take the picture, check to see that it is focused, well lit, and clearly depicts your subject. If you're using smart technology, zoom in on the picture to verify that it meets the print guidelines stated above. Remember, a photo in print is much less forgiving than just looking at it on a screen so the better your photo the better your article will look when published.

Industry News
The Journal Strives to be fair and unbiased in its coverage of new products and materials. Brief items of interest from piano manufacturers, suppliers, and trade schools, including special events, personnel changes, training opportunities, and new products, should be submitted for the “Industry News” section of the magazine and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Non-Technical Submissions
Human interest stories are always welcome for the “Tuner’s Life” column. These stories usually run 500-700 words and are meant for entertainment purposes.

 

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