Submission guidelines for DTJ

What is DTJ?

The Defense Transportation Journal is a bi-monthly publication with 8,000+ subscribers in the military, government and private sector engaged in logistics, transportation, distribution and passenger travel. DTJ is designed to advance knowledge in these fields, and foster the relationship between commercial organizations and their government partners.  DTJ provides authoritative, incisive content from proven experts, serving as a forum for current research, opinions and explication of trends.

Who can submit an article for publication?

We welcome all ideas and submissions from our stakeholders. As a bi-monthly periodical we obviously have space constraints, so articles are reviewed for relevance to 1) current events/developments, 2) NDTA’s members and 3) the planned editorial calendar for the issue.

Special consideration is given to NDTA corporate members and government stakeholders.

What types of articles does DTJ publish?

Content for DTJ is educational – not advertorial – and generally* fits into one of several categories:

  • Featured articles explain a technology, process, or trend and their challenges or benefits to the industry
  • Case studies evaluate a real-world event or emergency with lessons learned
  • Opinions provide expert commentary and insight into a current issue or event
  • Profiles highlight a specific person, organization or facility

All content is reviewed by the editorial team and may be edited for length and clarity. We work closely with the original author(s) to ensure the integrity of their work.

*We also welcome other types of pieces, including scholarly/academic papers, white papers, etc. Longer form pieces may require splitting the content among several issues of DTJ.

Are there any specific formatting requirements?

Yes indeed. We ask that all submissions hew – more or less – to the following guidelines:

  • Articles should generally run 1,500 – 3,000 words (we do accept shorter opinions, profiles, etc.)
  • Articles should be submitted as a .docx file created in Microsoft Word
  • Photographs or graphics that accompany the article must be high resolution (300dpi). Adobe vector file formats or .jpg files are preferred
  • All submissions should include the headline and author’s name, title and professional organization
  • Source materials referenced within an article should be cited within the text or as endnotes

Who should I contact to get started?

To pitch an idea or submit an article, please e-mail Managing Editor Sharon Lo. For reprint permissions, please contact Director of Public Relations James Marconi. For information on advertising in DTJ, please contact Bonnie Coggin.

Submission guidelines for The Conduit

What is The Conduit?

The Conduit is NDTA’s digital publication for short-form news, trends and educational information in logistics, transportation and passenger travel. This includes NDTA national and chapter-level activities, where applicable.

Who can submit a post?

Anyone can submit a potential idea or fully-formed post to the director of public relations. Special consideration is given to NDTA individual members, corporate members and government stakeholders.

What should posts in The Conduit accomplish?

  • Be timely – pieces should share new information
  • Be relevant – pieces should address topics that will interest a specific audience
  • Be informative – pieces should educate, not sell
  • Be authoritative – pieces should be written by experts, or expertly researched/reported

What should posts in The Conduit be about?

  • Operations – something your company/organization/command has done (or is about to do)
    • Not an advertorial…the goal is to inform and educate, not sell a product or service
  • People – highlighting the human face(s) behind operations
  • Issues – an explanation of a challenge or change facing the company or industry as a whole
  • Commentary – taking a position on an issue

How should posts in The Conduit look?

  • Short – there’s a lot folks could be looking at instead, and their attention spans are short
    • For written material, 300-750 words max
    • For photo posts, aim for around 5
    • For video, 3 minutes max
  • Visual – if the piece is written & isn’t accompanied by a photo, video or infographic, it’s not complete
    • Visual elements help tell the story
    • More importantly, they are 100% essential for attracting interest on social media
    • Photos should be high resolution, and add information the story wouldn’t have otherwise
  • Sourced – even experts occasionally need to provide sources backing up their facts
    • This is relatively easy – links to other online publications work fine
    • The information doesn’t come from an online source? Just cite where key information came from (a paper, a person, etc.)
    • Sometimes, you’ll be the expert/source (it will just depend on the topic)
  • Informal
    • First person (I, we, me) is acceptable, and encouraged to establish an author’s voice
    • This is NOT a press release. Pieces in The Conduit can answer basic questions (who, what, where, when, etc.) with purpose and personality

What are some examples?

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