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Submission Guidelines

Our Purpose
Conditions of Acceptance
Submission How-Tos
CTDO Features and Columns
Preparing Your Manuscript Format

Our Purpose

CTDO’s mission is to empower talent development executives to create a world that works better. The publication’s audience comprises senior leaders and executives in the talent development profession.

Conditions of Acceptance

All published material is copyrighted and becomes the property of ATD. Authors will be expected to sign a standard copyright release form. Failure to sign the release will result in the rejection of the article. We edit all manuscripts for style, format, space, and readability. Time constraints do not allow us to send galleys or other edited forms of manuscripts to authors. Manuscript submission implies that authors agree with our policies.

Like most magazines, we have a policy against double submissions. Please do not submit a manuscript that is under consideration by another publication or that has been accepted or published elsewhere. We also do not accept submissions that have appeared on websites.

We do not publish speeches, theory, dissertations, or internal reports. We also do not accept submissions that promote a specific product or service, or disguised press releases.

How do I submit a manuscript to CTDO?

CTDO does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. We ask that all potential contributors send a query in advance. Please include a one-page outline or 100-word (maximum) overview of your proposed submission.

To improve your chances of being published, please read CTDO to get an idea of the content and tone.

Where do I send my submission? 

Submissions must be sent via email to: Ann Parker, Manager, Senior Leaders & Executives Community of Practice.

CTDO accepts submissions for the following articles.

Hot Topic Feature Article: A high-level examination of macro-level, global issues that are affecting the world of work. Features should be no more than 1,800 words (not including sidebars, which are welcome). Sidebars should be no more than 250 words each.

The Angst Index: A look at top CTDO challenges such as measuring impact and effectiveness, leadership development, business and strategic alignment, adapting to globalization, employee engagement, resource allocation, leadership support, budget, time, and succession planning. 1,500 words

Debate: A pair of articles, authored separately, that present diverging viewpoints on a popular practice or theory. 600 words per article

Prove It: A practical analysis of how talent development executives can effectively measure the impact of talent development efforts. 1,200 words

Confessions From the C-Suite: A different perspective from the typical “happily ever after,” this case study article focuses on a big problem that a company is facing and lessons learned from implementing a training initiative. 1,200 words. The article explores the following questions:

  • What was the program/initiative or issue you were trying to solve?
  • What did you do?
  • Why didn’t it work?
  • What lessons did you learn, and what would you do differently?

Giving Back: Highlights talent development professionals’ efforts at the individual and organizational level to give back to the community and society at large. 1,000 words.

What should my submission include?

Page 1: List the article title, authors' names, and brief biographies of all authors including current positions and email addresses.

Style and tone: CTDO's style is journalistic rather than academic. It is a professional business magazine, not a scholarly journal. That means authors should favor the active voice over the passive. Avoid jargon and technical terms; if you must use them, define them. Spell out abbreviations on the first use. Writing should be crisp, clear, and plain-speaking.

Tables and figures: Include only if they will help readers understand the article. We do not guarantee their use. All data in charts must be supplied in a text format. Do not incorporate PowerPoint or similar tables, charts, and figures into the body of the document. Send graphics in a separate file, preferably in Word format.

Citations/Documentation: CTDO is not a scientific journal. Do not assume readers have prior knowledge of accepted theories or seminal works. Do not use last name author references to previous works, theories, studies, or papers.

References: Use references only when exact words have been lifted from a source or when an idea originated with the source named and isn't widely known. No references are needed for paraphrased ideas or widely known information such as the fact that the number of women in management is increasing. We do not publish footnotes or bibliographies.

Author headshots: Submit headshots of all authors as separate .jpg or .png files.

Signed copyright release form: A CTDO editor will provide the release form that all authors must sign and submit.

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