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CTDO Magazine Submission Guidelines

CTDO (Chief Talent Development Officer) is a quarterly digital magazine for talent development executives developing the next generation of talent. This dynamic content written for C-suite leaders provides a high-level look at the top trends in talent development, and offers practical solutions to burning challenges in the field.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.

If you're interested in writing for CTDO, review the information below.

Frequently Asked Questions
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 several recent issues of CTDO to get an idea of the content and tone.

Where do I send my submission?

Submit your article by email as a Word document to Ann Parker, senior 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 does the review process include?

Our editors will read the outline or overview and make suggestions to help you write your article appropriately. That does not guarantee acceptance for publication.

Our review process is based on the following points:

  • Information and analysis. Does the article deliver the promised facts? Are your ideas supported, examined, and brought together into a cohesive body of work?
  • Balance. Does the author present alternative sides of an issue?
  • Originality. Is the topic presented with a fresh, new perspective?
  • Audience appeal. Will the article capture and retain readers' interest? Does it address our audience? Is it current, relevant, and useful? Does it tell readers how to be more successful at work? Does it provide implementation guidance? Does it increase the reader’s business acumen?
  • Veracity. Is the article accurate and truthful?

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.

What should my submission include?

Author details: For each author, provide the person's name, brief biography including current position/title, phone number, and email address.

Author headshots: Provide a high-resolution headshot for use on the ATD website with your article. The image can be a jpg, tiff, or png file.

Graphics: Include tables, charts, or other graphics 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. References for further reading presented in sidebars are acceptable.

What happens if my article is accepted?

Within four to six weeks, we will notify you of our decision to accept or decline your submitted manuscript. We cannot guarantee a publication date, but most articles appear two to three months after acceptance. Once your article is assigned to a particular issue, we will edit it to improve readability and for consistency with the Chicago Manual of Style and our internal style guide.

What are the 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.

Can I see your editorial calendar?

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.

Spring 2018
Outline Deadline: December 12, 2017
Manuscript Deadline: January 12, 2018

Summer 2018
Outline Deadline: March 13, 2018
Manuscript Deadline: April 13, 2018

Fall 2018
Outline Deadline: June 15, 2018
Manuscript Deadline: July 16, 2018

Winter 2018
Outline Deadline: September 17, 2018
Manuscript Deadline: October 16, 2018