SUBMIT AN ARTICLE

The following is information on how to write and submit an article. It is a guide, and there is some room for interpretation.

Article length

    • Submit manuscripts by email as a MS Word doc if possible, or as clearly defined text in the body of an email to the editor.
    • Feature articles (1,500 – 3,000 words maximum).
    • Short articles (300 – 1000 words).
    • Please be concise. Readers appreciate an article that is to the point, as it is easier to read.
    • Articles must be accompanied by photographic images. Please see sections on

Photographs
Sending Your Photographs
Video Content
Cover Photograph

Topics - What You Might Write About


In every edition we aim to have as many of these topics as possible. Please check to see what might be a good one for you to write on. If you have another suggestion or any questions, please contact us.

    • Cattleya alliance
    • Cymbidium alliance
    • Oncidium alliance
    • Paphiopedilum alliance
    • Dendrobium alliance
    • Vanda alliance
    • Pleurothallis alliance
    • All other genera
    • Terrestrial orchids
    • Miniature orchids
    • Orchids under lights/Wardian cases
    • Feature on famous/special person in orchids.
    • Nursery/Botanic garden feature
    • Taxonomy/Research/Historical
    • Nursery/Botanic garden feature
    • Propagation techniques
    • Show pictorial and article feature
    • Book review

For example, you may be interested to write about the Cattleya alliance. You may choose to write on a variety of subjects from line breeding Cattleya species; new directions in Cattleya hybridisation; the discovery of a new species; etc. We are open to anything you think would make a good article and that is relevant. Email the editor to discuss your idea, what your article will be about, and the possible length for the article. Contact us.

Constructing An Article


Constructing An Article – this is a general guide to assist new writers.
Your article should consist of

    • The title
    • Subtitle, which expands on the title, and can be made by the author, or the editor of Orchid Journal International will propose one.
    • Please be clear, to the point, and accurate. Start with an introduction, follow with the central body of the article, and then end with a brief conclusion.
    • Use subheadings within lengthy articles. The editor of Orchid Journal International can make suggestions if the author wishes.
    • Acknowledgments are made at the end of the article. Authors may wish to give thanks to anyone who has assisted them in the preparation of their article.
    • Photo captions are requested for photo images supplied, with the plant name, and any brief information you wish to go with it. Contact us

For example, you may be interested to write about the Cattleya alliance. You may choose to write on a variety of subjects from line breeding Cattleya species; new directions in Cattleya hybridisation; the discovery of a new species; etc. We are open to anything you think would make a good article and that is relevant. Email the editor to discuss your idea, what your article will be about, and the possible length for the article. Contact us.

Nomenclature


Nomenclature:
With regard to nomenclature, the editor asks that you are as consistent with the World Check List and RHS hybrid registry as possible. In the situation where the author disagrees with the classification in the World Check List, we as that the author identifies and justifies why at the start of their article.

Cultural Information/suggestions:

    • Cultural information is greatly appreciated by readers. Information such as how to get certain orchids to flower, how to deflask particular genera, growing location and information, pest control and disease prevention, etc. is very useful. Readers like to have their problems talked about and solved with clear answers.
    • Give a season rather than a month e.g., “This species flowers in mid-winter”. This is better than “This species flowers in July/December”. The readership of the magazine is a global one, and readers in either hemisphere may become confused. If you want to refer to a month, use a sentence like this. “This species blooms in January, which is late summer in Australia”.
    • If writing on plant breeding, please also include some cultural information.
    • The editor will edit temperatures mentioned in the article to read in both Fahrenheit and Celsius given our global readership’s needs.

As can use sidebars when editing the page layout. It useful if you provide advice on light, water, temperature, diurnal change, fertiliser etc. when writing about a topic such as the hybridisation of Cattleyas. This is of use to many readers who may not want to hybridise, but would like to grow the plants. If you have any further questions about information for sidebars or other matters, Contact us.

Citation


If you require citation, the Oxford system is a fairly common style and easy to use. This is a suggestion and other academic methods of citation may be accepted. The main thing is that if you quote someone, or use their work to back your own article, your article must have the citation for it.
If you have any questions, please contact us.

For citation within the body of an article

      (Jezek 2003, pp. 51-54) for a single author.
      (Parsons, R. and Gerritsen, M. E. 2013, p. 70) for more than one author.
      (Hills, C. 2012. Orchids Australia. Feb. pp. 12-13) magazines/journal names are italicised

Follow at the end of your article with a complete referencing in the style below.
References
Jezek, Z. A. 2003. The Complete Encyclopaedia Of Orchids. Rebo Publishers.
Parsons, R. and Gerritsen, M. E. 2013. A Compendium Of Miniature Orchid Species. Vol. 1. Redfern Natural History Productions.
Hills, C. 2012. World Orchid Conference. Orchids Australia. Feb. pp. 12-13

Identifying Products In Your Article

Identifying Products In Your Article:

      Brand names vary from one country to another. Please use generic names when referring to products such as fertilisers, pesticides etc. If you need to use a brand name, please check the product label for correct spelling or call the manufacturer and place the generic name in brackets. Please note if the product is trademarked or registered.Contact us.

Other Information


Charts and graphs:
Charts and graphs convey a lot of information in small space. Feel free to use them with your article.
Interactive Content
Orchid Journal International, it is our aim to make sharing information more interactive, and to bring authors and readers into contact are creating a feature on the online magazine where readers will be able to submit questions to the author/s during the first week of the magazine being online.

    • The submitted questions will be vetted by the magazine editor and then presented to the article author by email
    • The author is asked to pick the 10 best questions and provide answers within a 10 days receipt (sent back to the magazine editor by email).
    • These questions and answers will then be uploaded following the article.

We hope authors will gain from this feature as much as the readers, in that you may have questions presented that may not have been thought of before, and creating publicity for you as an author.

Web Seminars
Orchid Journal International will also present web seminars. Limited numbers of subscribers will be invited to book ahead to have access to the web seminar. We are asking for any interested potential speakers to contact the editor to discuss holding a web seminar and what you might talk about.
Other Information
At this time, Orchid Journal International web magazine does not pay for articles or photographs. However, our magazine does seek to promote the author and reward them by drawing attention to them, their endeavours, projects and businesses. We do this by having a link in the title of the authors article which the reader can click. This will produce a pop up giving information provided by you, the author, and containing direction to your website, Facebook page, business links, contacts details etc. We also hope that as contributors you will gain reward from providing knowledge and information to readers that will enrich their orchid growing experience and promote our hobby.
If you have any questions, please Contact us.

Writing In Other Languages Than English

Other languages

    We welcome submission in English, and languages other than English if the author feels more comfortable writing in their own language, and we will have the article professionally translated. You can email us in your own language. We can use an online translator, so please contact us about an article you might write.

Submitting Your Article


Publishing an article involves the following steps:

    • Submitting an idea/s to the editor for approval – email preferred
    • Once approved, write your article and send the draft manuscript and high resolution photos to the editor for proof reading.
    • The publication follows the Oxford English Dictionary. All articles, and other written material will be checked and edited using the Oxford English Dictionary as a guide. The editor will correct any minor errors in spelling or grammar. The article will then be emailed back to you for approval of any corrections, or if we need you to alter something more detailed.
    • On confirmation that we are mutually happy with the result of any editing, the web editing staff will then format your article for publication in a future edition.

Orchid Journal International works on the basis of articles being submitted at least three to four months in advance of the publication they will go into. However, in some cases the article may go in a later edition if it is more appropriate due to topic placement. Articles will be published no later than a year from receipt, though it is more likely they will be published sooner. You will be notified of the edition your article will go in. If you have any questions, Contact us.

Information About The Author For Publication With Your Article

    • Please provide a brief description of yourself, separate to your article. Give us any information you wish to include being; how long you have grown orchids; your favourite genera; positions held in orchid societies; special interests; hobbies, and any details you would like others to know about you.
    • Write your postal and email addresses after the short biography if you wish this to be included for readers to contact you at.
    • If you have a website that you wish us to link to your article, please provide it. You may want to include your Facelook, Flickr or other such web addresses for readers to access.
    • A professional or good quality photo of the author is requested for the publication
    • Business logos can also be used.
    • We only put in the contact and personal details you provide and state you want published. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Orchid Journal International works on the basis of articles being submitted at least three to four months in advance of the publication they will go into. However, in some cases the article may go in a later edition if it is more appropriate due to topic placement. Articles will be published no later than a year from receipt, though it is more likely they will be published sooner. You will be notified of the edition your article will go in. If you have any questions, Contact us.

Other Information

      At this time, Orchid Journal International web magazine does not pay for articles or photographs. However, our magazine does seek to promote the author and reward them by drawing attention to them, their endeavours, projects and businesses. We do this by having a link in the title of the authors article which the reader can click. This will produce a pop up giving information provided by you, the author, and containing direction to your website, Facebook page, business links, contacts details etc. We also hope that as contributors you will gain reward from providing knowledge and information to readers that will enrich their orchid growing experience and promote our hobby. If you have an idea about an article, please contact us.

Copyright and Contracts

      Orchid Journal International accepts new and previously published articles/images. Orchid Journal International requests that all submissions be original and novel works. Plagiarism is not permitted.
      For new articles/and associated images, authors will be given a short contract to sign that states the article is their own work, that they own the article and images pertaining to it, or have permission to use the photos accompanying the article. It will also state that the author gives either non-exclusive or exclusive rights to Orchid Journal International web magazine for the articles use – depending on whether you are giving Orchid Journal International the right to use the article and that you are retaining ownership of your article, or if you are giving Orchid Journal International exclusive rights for use of the article.
      Previously published articles/and associated images. We have a short contract to state that the author retains ownership of the article and images and that they give non-exclusive rights to Orchid Journal International for their use.
      The contract will be emailed to the author for signing on article approval, unless requested earlier.

Check List For Submitting Your Article


Checklist when sending files and photos for your article.
Make sure that you have;

  • Written a short biography of the author/s involved in writing the article.
  • Double-checked to make sure all names of plants and people are spelled correctly.
  • Make certain each image is numbered and labelled, and that there is a list describing each file.
  • Make sure you have provided a paragraph of information (separate to your article) about you, that you want published with your article
  • If there are many files or large files that can’t fit in an email or several, please us a drop box, or email contact us for us to make a drop box for you to upload them too. www.dropbox.com is a good choice to use.
  • If possible, please send the image uncropped as that allows the web editor to format them to the web magazines style format. If you do not wish your images to be cropped, please inform us and we will follow that instruction.
  • Send the draft and any images as attachments.

Emails, Phone Numbers & Other Contact Information

Contact Information

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If you need to speak to the editor and live in a different time zone, please check the time difference first. You can email me or send a message to confirm a time that suits.

Skype: Brett37 (Please arrange a suitable time to call by email or message first)
Mobile phone (Australia GMT 10+): +61 412088138
Mobile phone (Queensland, Eastern Standard Time): 0412088138

Email questions and ideas about submissions, advertisements, and any writing matters to the editor, Brett Moloney at: b.moloney@ojimagazine.com