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Publishing opportunity: Geosynthetics experts invited to send case studies

November 2nd, 2020 / By: / Case Study, Geosynthetics

Geosynthetics magazine is encouraging industry experts to submit innovative case studies and other news for publication consideration. Geosynthetics delivers technical information for engineers, specifiers, landscape architects, government agencies, academics and installers. This publishing opportunity is extended to geosynthetics experts who possess solutions and case study content that will help readers drive projects forward. The articles will be published in the print magazine or digital venues.

Case studies on erosion control and hydraulic applications of all kinds are of special interest right now. The deadline to receive case studies on these subjects is November 15. Geosynthetics is a photograph- and illustration-rich magazine, so all case studies require at least some high-quality photographs and illustrations (more on this below).

Other subjects for case studies include:

For April/May 2021: infrastructure, reinforced slopes and walls, liners

For June/July 2021: geotextile tubes, transportation, landfills

For August/September 2021: mining, dams and levees, drainage

For October/November 2021: coal ash, geosynthetic clay liners, high-performance turf reinforcement mats

Please send case studies on any of these subjects by Dec. 15, 2020.

We will also consider innovative case studies on other topics for publication consideration on our website and in e-newsletters. The deadline for these is ongoing.

Case study guidelines

Our editorial philosophy at Geosynthetics magazine is to offer accurate and up-to-date educational and technical information to our readers, without commercial references in the article. Your contributions will help us do that. Your contributions are very much appreciated. This is the process and preferred formats for submitting articles and images to Geosynthetics magazine:

  1. Send all of the content to us in an editable format. MS Word documents are preferred for manuscripts—no Adobe PDFs, please.
  2. As editors, our goal is to preserve the writer’s voice and technical expertise. But we do edit for organization, style, and readability, and as appropriate we will have other experts in the field review proofs for technical and editorial concerns prior to publication. Feature stories and case histories should run 1,500–2,500 words. If you have a longer piece, discuss it with the Senior Editor, as a decision may be made to run the full piece in installments in separate issues.
  3. Manuscripts in .doc or .docx format (MS Word) can be emailed if less than 5 mb.
  4. Do not embed any graphics or photographs into your MS Word document. Charts can be typed into the manuscript in MS Word (but not embedded as an image) or can be submitted as separate Excel files.
  5. High-quality images—photographs and diagrams—are critical in our magazine. Always send photos and diagrams as separate files. High-resolution (300 dpi, at least 9 x 12 original size [never upsized in Photoshop]) jpgs or tifs work best for photographs and editable Adobe Illustrator files (.ai or .eps) work best for diagrams. We can also work with scalable PDFS for illustrations. If you have images in other formats, please discuss with the Senior Editor.
  6. Please don’t send images by email, as they may be blocked by our firewall, and we don’t get notified when something is blocked. Our LeapFILE FTP site is an efficient and safe way to send large files. The Senior Editor can send LeapFILE directions to you upon request.
  7. Please include your contact information as we often follow up to discuss suggested revisions and to provide appropriate credits where needed.
  8. Please include a one- or two-sentence bio that we will attach to the article.
  9. If appropriate, include Project Highlights, a listing of the Project Name, Owner, the specific geosynthetic materials used noting manufacturer, the Construction Company, and the Installation Company.
  10. If appropriate, include References for your article. Geosynthetics uses ASCE-style citations, guidelines for which can be found online. If you are not familiar with ASCE style, include citations in the style you are familiar with, and we will edit for the magazine’s style. The important things are the author (if any), the year published or issued, the name of the publication or document (including an identification number, if appropriate), who published or issued it, where the publisher or issuer is based, the volume and issue number if a journal, the page numbers of the section used as a reference, the full web url if a website, and the date the website was consulted if a website.

Send your case studies to Todd Berger, Senior Editor, Geosynthetics magazine at trberger@ifai.com. All questions and concerns can also be sent to Berger.