Submit an Article

The International Foundation Publications Department is looking for authors to write articles on the newest and most relevant employee benefits topics. We are looking for U.S. and Canadian articles on health care, pensions, retirement and general benefits topics. If you would like to write an article, please see the following guidelines and suggested topics.

General Information

The guidelines are intended to make the writing process easier and more enjoyable for you. Please do not hesitate to call the Foundation editorial staff at any time. We’re looking forward to working with you.

Articles covering new or developing topics are particularly appropriate. We welcome queries or outlines of proposed articles. The editors will respond promptly.

We assume all material submitted is the original work of the listed authors and has not been accepted for publication elsewhere. In the event of any potential conflict, it is the author’s responsibility to notify the editor prior to publication. We will ask you to sign a copyright transfer agreement.

Article Length and Content

The recommended length for a printed article is 1,600 to 2,400 words.

In addition, we are accepting longer, in-depth articles to post on our website in a special online showcase called Web Exclusives. The full text of new Web Exclusive articles, plus a permanent online archive of past articles, is available to all on the Foundation website at www.ifebp.org/exclusive. Follow the article submission guidelines below.

Articles should be educational. Pieces promoting a specific product, service or company will not be accepted.

You will be notified whether your article has been accepted within approximately two weeks.

1. Writing the Article

Organize your article carefully. Avoid jargon.

2. How To Submit

Send your article via e-mail to editor@ifebp.org

3. Content

Send us your complete manuscript in its final version, including any tables, graphs/charts, etc., as separate TIFF or EPS files.

4. References

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain any necessary permission for the use of lengthy quotations or other material (charts, surveys, etc.) originally prepared by others. 

5. Headings

Provide headings and subheadings that are succinct and that include words useful for information retrieval.

6. Graphs and Tables

If you use tables or graphs, construct them so they are completely understandable on their own. Tables and figures should be referenced correctly in the text.

7. If You Are Using

Simple text tables: Tabular material can simply be part of your text document.
Pie charts/bar charts: Please DO NOT EMBED them into your Word documents. You may reference the placement, i.e., “Place Table 3 here,” but please do not embed any kind of image in Word. Please send charts and graphs as a separate file.
Best option: Separate high-resolution TIFF, EPS or JPG files (600 dpi for line art or 300 ppi for grayscale or color), e.g., created in Adobe® Illustrator® or Adobe® Photoshop®.
Next best: Original Excel or PowerPoint documents. Do not make any conversions or embed them in Word; please send the original .xls or .ppt files.
Almost never useable: Charts taken from the web, anything at 72 dpi or 96 dpi, Word charts.

8. Legal Case Citations

Check legal citations for accuracy. They will be included in the text as they are submitted.

9. Copyrighted Material and Acknowledgements

If you use copyrighted material from another publication, secure permission for reprint. Submit this with your manuscript.

10. Author Note and Photo

Write a brief biographical note, including present position title, responsibilities, job location, degrees earned and where, and an e-mail address if you would like it included. Include a photo of the author(s) if possible. (Whether scanned from hard copy or shot with a digital camera, please send photos with a resolution of 300 dpi or 600 dpi. If using a digital camera to shoot a new photo, choose a plain, flat, light or dark background that contrasts with facial tone and clothing. Avoid harsh lighting, which causes dark shadows. Avoid floral patterns or outdoor settings for backgrounds.)

11. Author Copies and Reprints

Authors will receive ten copies of the issue containing their material. Reprints are available for a nominal charge.

12. Contact Information

E-mail manuscripts to:
Editor
Publications Department
editor@ifebp.org
(262) 373-7631

13. Mailing Address

Editor
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
18700 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield , WI 53045