TD Magazine Submission Guidelines

TD is an official publication of the Association for Talent Development (ATD). It is a monthly magazine available to ATD members as part of their dues, and by subscription as well as single-copy sales. Our readers are highly educated talent development professionals and line managers working in all aspects of learning and development. They range from new practitioners to seasoned executives in business, government, academia, consulting, and sales. Our goals are to:

  • provide useful, how-to information on current best practices through case studies
  • share new technologies and their applications
  • report emerging trends
  • discuss relevant and pivotal issues to the field.

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

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit a manuscript to TD?
TD does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. We ask that all potential contributors query the appropriate editor in advance (see editors’ contact info below). 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 TD to get an idea of the content and tone.
Where do I send my submission?
Submit your article by email as a Word document. See email address designations below. General submissions can be sent to [email protected].

Feature Articles
TD publishes six feature articles a month. Features are case studies, articles on current trends and best practices, or articles discussing relevant issues in the industry. Features should be about 2,000 words (not including sidebars, which are welcome). Sidebars should be no more than 250 words each. See our editorial calendar below.

In addition to feature articles, TD also accepts submissions for the following departments:

Mailbox: Readers' reactions to items in TD and their opinions on issues relevant to the field of talent development. Any length, may be subject to editing. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Success With Less: Presents budget-friendly methods and strategies for training departments with limited budgets and/or staff. 1,200 words. Email: [email protected]

Fundamentals: The practical nuts and bolts of talent development for new training professionals. Articles focus on presentation skills, meeting management, creativity training, group-process techniques, training delivery methods, performance appraisals, and more. 1,650 words. Email: [email protected]

Career GPS: Addresses topics related to talent development professionals' career development. 1,600 words. Email: [email protected]

Learning Blueprint: Timely tips, guidelines, and resources related to the design and creation of learning programs and initiatives, in a brief, practical format. 1,000 words. Please contact editor for format guidelines. Email: [email protected]

Case in Point: Case studies of talent development initiatives implemented in an organization. Article should include data that proves program effectiveness. 1,650 words. Email: [email protected]

Research: News on the latest research on workplace and business topics of interest from ATD, universities, workplace-related think tanks, and research organizations. 350-400 words. Email: [email protected]

Books: Book reviews are assigned. Please contact the editor for more information. Includes one main and three smaller reviews of new books on human resource development, business, and training and development. Email: [email protected]

Quick Tips: Presents 3-6 short tips on a variety of topics related to helping TD professionals do their jobs. Email: [email protected]
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?

TD'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. For example, "an article was sent" is passive; "the writer sent an article" is active.

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.

We do not publish speeches, theory, opinion, dissertations, or internal reports. We also do not accept submissions that promote a specific product or service, or disguised press releases.
What should my submission include?
Author details: For each author, provide the person's name, brief biography including current position/title, complete mailing address, 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: TD 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.

After your article is published, we'll send you a PDF of the article, as well as a print copy of the magazine in which the article appears.
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.
Can I see your editorial calendar?
TD does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. We ask that all potential contributors query the appropriate person in advance (see contact info below). Please include a one-page outline or 100-word (maximum) overview of your proposed submission.

January 2024
Learning Technologies
Outline Deadline: September 1, 2023
Contact: [email protected]

February 2024
Training Delivery and Facilitation
Outline Deadline: October 1, 2023
Contact: [email protected]

March 2024
Leadership Development
Outline Deadline: November 1, 2023
Contact: [email protected]

April 2024
Organization Development and Culture
Outline Deadline: December 1, 2023
Contact: [email protected]

May 2024
Instructional Design
Outline Deadline: January 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

June 2024
Learning Technologies
Outline Deadline: February 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

July 2024
Talent Strategy and Management
Outline Deadline: March 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

August 2024
Learning Sciences
Outline Deadline: April 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

September 2024
Training Delivery and Facilitation
Outline Deadline: May 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

October 2024
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Outline Deadline: June 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

November 2024
Career Development
Outline Deadline: July 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]

December 2024
Training Design and Delivery
Outline Deadline: August 1, 2024
Contact: [email protected]