Flow Control welcomes editorial submissions from anyone involved with engineering, process automation, maintenance, and/or operation of fluid handling technology and/or applications. To pitch an article idea or to submit a completed manuscript, please follow the guidelines listed below. Pitches and full manuscripts may be sent to:
Editor in Chief
Please include your name, title, company name, address, daytime phone number, fax number, email and web address with your pitch or submission.
NEWS RELEASES and NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS can be emailed to Flow Control Managing Editor Amy W. Richardson for consideration on our website and in our print issue.
ABOUT FLOW CONTROL
Flow Control is a magazine and website for technical professionals that focuses exclusively on technologies and strategies for the efficient movement, measurement and containment of industrial fluids. Flow Control readers include engineers, managers, MRO specialists, and other professionals from industries including: aerospace, chemical processing; energy; food & beverage; oil & gas; pharmaceutical, paper, pulp & printing; rubber & plastic, fabricated metal; semiconductor; transportation, water & wastewater; engineering; consulting, and others.
Each issue of Flow Control includes feature articles written by industry experts. Features vary from highly technical articles to general technology overviews. Topics range from OEM design innovations to process applications and best practices to maintenance and repair to case studies and application stories.
ARTICLE PITCH REQUIREMENTS
The best way to pitch an article to Flow Control is to send a 200 to 400 word abstract detailing the focus of your article prior to writing it. Flow Control will review the abstract and respond to let you know if it would or would not be a good fit for the magazine. If it is a good fit, we will provide comments to help you tailor the article for publication.
If you would like to pitch an article that has already been prepared, send the manuscript along with supporting images/figures/tables in an electronic format. Word documents are preferred. All images/figures should be sent as separate attachments in high-res (300 dpi) JPG, TIF, or EPS format. Note: Flow Control only considers original articles that have not been published elsewhere.
The author’s background should be highlighted in a 2-to-3-sentence author bio included with any pitch or draft manuscript submitted to Flow Control.
All authors pitching articles for publication in Flow Control magazine must have a strong technical/engineering background in the topic under consideration. Anyone involved in the design and/or engineering of fluid handling technology and/or applications is welcome to pitch an idea or submit a manuscript for publication.
Article pitches from agencies are accepted as long as they are on the behalf of an author that meets the technical background criteria or are co-authored by someone with technical expertise. The author’s background should be highlighted in a two to three sentence author bio included with any pitch or draft manuscript submitted to Flow Control.
ARTICLE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS:
Flow Control only considers articles that have NOT been previously published. Flow Control requires first publication and exclusivity for three months following publication date. For example, if Flow Control publishes your article in the October issue, we would ask that you not attempt to re-publish the article until after Jan. 1.
Once an article has been approved for publication, Flow Control requires contributors to provide a 300- to 400-word condensed article, that summarizes, previews, or focuses on a particular element detailed in their full-length article. This short article will be used as a blog post on Flow Control’s FlowStream blog and serve as a preview to the full-length article in the magazine.
Articles should be informative and analytical, containing sufficient technical data to support statements and material presented. Articles should not promote any individual, product, service or company.
Case study articles describing the use of fluid handling technologies in specific applications are welcome, in which case it may be appropriate to mention a particular brand or product. All customer/end-user approvals should be acquired prior to submission.
- Avoid unnecessary references to specific products or services, or other promotional material.
- Use the active voice. Write in the third person; do not use “I” or “we.”
- Avoid abbreviations. Acronyms should be spelled out on first reference, followed by the acronym in parenthesis. Use the acronym thereafter.
- Cite sources/references within the article text when possible.
FORMAT AND LENGTH
- Flow Control accepts electronic submissions via email (preferred) or FTP. Word docs are preferred.
- Feature story length is approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words. However, we do consider articles of varying length when appropriate.
PHOTOS & ARTWORK
- Whenever possible, supplement text — especially technical information — with visuals. Photos, diagrams, illustrations, and tables often can communicate effectively in lieu of lengthy, involved explanations. Within text, identify supporting photographs, art or tabular material by number or letter. Attach this identification and a brief caption to each item supplied.
- Images should be high-res (300 dpi) in JPG, TIF or EPS format. Send images as separate attachments. Please do not include them within the body of the article.
Thank you for your interest in contributing to Flow Control magazine.