What is the structure of an issue of TD at Work?
Table of contents: You do not need to worry about this; our staff will create it. We do ask that you provide a brief autobiography, approximately 50 words.
Introduction: This part should run approximately 450 words.
Main text: Your running text should run 5,500 words. This word count does not include sidebars, case studies, tables, graphics, and so on (see below). It is helpful to break up your text with headings and subheadings.
Sidebars or case studies: A typical issue contains six to seven sidebars and/or case studies. A single-column sidebar runs approximately 325 words, and a two-column sidebar runs about 600 words. Sidebars longer than that should be avoided as they begin to “eat up” a 16-page publication.
Tables, charts, graphics, or worksheets: You also have the option of including any of these in place of sidebars or case studies. The total of both case studies and graphics should be six or seven. If you’re struggling to narrow down your selection, include them, and we’ll select which ones to include on the basis of editorial layout. Please provide an introduction to the figure that explains its relevance to the main text. Even a single sentence will do.
References and resources: If you have references that you used to prepare your manuscript, please include these citations. If you used no sources in the preparation of your manuscript, please provide a selection of 10-15 additional resources for readers to refer to (books, blogs, websites, and so on.).
Job aid: This is a reproducible element (and not under copyright) to help readers accomplish specific tasks associated with the topic covered in the issue. The job aid is a how-to and should be approached as such when you are putting it together. Please see job aids in previously published issues for examples. Each issue includes at least one job aid and may include as many as three.