Writers' Guidelines and Submission Requirements
|Some things to know about submitting articles to PC AI Magazine|
This does not mean that we don't address complex issues. On the contrary -- artificial intelligence is a complex field. The idea is to address the complexities in an easy-to-read manner. Our goal is for people to understand us.
For an excellent guide to writing see Elements of Style "Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr. For a list of useful references, such as Roget's Thesaurus, Webster''s Dictionary, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, etc. see the "Reference Shelf". Another good source for a dictionary and thesaurus is Merriam Webster Online. For a brief set of basic English guidelines, see The English Language in Cyberspace".
Write in the present tense.
Keep your sentences short (strive for 20 words per sentence). Keep your words short (aim for 1.5 syllables per word)
Articles can include program listings, tables, and figures. If your article has listings, send the executable code (along with operating instructions). To make a listing-oriented article readable, write a sidebar that outlines the language features in your listings.
There is an "AI @ Work" feature in every issue. This is a collection of 3-5 successful application stories that relate end users' experiences with software solutions. These stories should be 500-700 words in length and include two screen shots. "AI @ Work" stories generally reflect the theme of the issue (see Editorial Calendar for themes).
Ideally, a main heading or a subheading should appear every three or four paragraphs. (They sometimes appear more frequently. They rarely appear less frequently.)
The first main heading of your article might be Introduction. The last might be Conclusion or Summing Up
Your article should contain figures (i.e., diagrams, table, listing, or screen shots). DO NOT embed figures in a Word document. Kindly send them in a separate graphics-only file (.pcx, .tif, or .bmp formats are acceptable). Within your article, indicate the location of a figure, and refer to the figure within the text. Always provide a 2-3 sentence caption with each figure.
After the end of your article's text, use a main heading entitled References. List your references in alphabetical order of the author's last name. Please follow the style and punctuation of these examples:
Budd, T. (1987) A Little Smalltalk. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
Golin, E. (1991) Theory of Visual Languages. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, 2(4), 309-310.
Gupta, M. and Qi, J. (1992) On Fuzzy Neuron Models. In Zadeh, L. and Kacprzyk, J. (Eds.) Fuzzy Logic for the Management of Uncertainty. New York: Wiley.
Ignizio, J. and Baek, W. (1992) An Alternative Neural Network Architecture and Training Algorithm. Technical Report, University of Virginia.
Cite at most six references. Unlike many academic journals, we're not interested in exhaustive literature searches.
Here are two ways to cite a reference:
(2) End a sentence with the author's last name and date in parentheses. For example: "Three models incorporate fuzzy logic into neural networks (Gupta and Qi, 1992)."
Do not use the author's first name when you cite a reference.
Email your article to firstname.lastname@example.org. PC AI will get back to you within 3 weeks with further submission instructions.