CHIPS Article Submission Guidelines
CHIPS welcomes articles from our readers. Please submit articles via e-mail as Microsoft Word or text file attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. To discuss your article with a CHIPS editor, phone (757) 443-0227 or DSN 646.
Relate the subject matter of your article to information technology (IT) and how IT is helping to accomplish your command mission, improve services, perform a task or automate or enhance a process. Provide lessons learned from your experience. Our motto states: "CHIPS: Dedicated to Sharing Information, Technology, Experience." The theme of your article should meet the intent of our motto.
An article is more interesting when you can convey a personal experience; it is also easier to read. When writing use active rather than passive voice. Avoid technical terms that only a few readers would understand. Write out the full name or title before using an acronym the first time; thereafter, use only the acronym. Avoid alphabet soup—do not use numerous acronyms since they can be confusing to the reader.
Articles may contain illustrations. Do not embed photos or images in your MS Word document, please send them as separate file attachments. Make sure photos and illustrations add value to your article and are mentioned in the text. Please do not use Web-based or MS PowerPoint graphics because they do not have a high enough resolution to reproduce clear, quality illustrations in print publication. Please save graphics files with a resolution of 300 dpi.
Please submit your article to your public affairs officer and chain of command for public release authority before you submit your article to CHIPS.
While we do not require a standard length for articles, we prefer articles one to two pages in length. Typically, one magazine page equals two and a half pages of typed text using a standard 12-point font or approximately 700-1,000 words.
We reserve the right to edit articles which is a necessary step in the production process. Our goal is to enhance your style - not change it. We use the Associated Press Stylebook, the U.S. Navy Style Guide and guidance from the Chief of Navy Information (CHINFO) for editorial management.
Subject matter experts review each article for technical accuracy and to ensure conformance to CHINFO guidelines. We may make changes to your article to conform to magazine production guidelines and the CHIPS style manual and format. If an article requires extensive changes, we will contact you.
CHIPS is published quarterly. Our deadline dates are: Feb. 1, April 1, Aug.1 and Oct. 1.
Thank you for your interest in CHIPS magazine.