“Skills” is the broad theme for the July 2013 Issue. Content is not entirely restricted to these themes, so other topics are accepted too. Deadline for submissions is May 31st 2013.
Do we want articles?
Many people have asked whether we provide mentoring or guidance to those wanting to write. Yes we do. We can allocate someone to work on an article with you or simply provide a sounding board for ideas and concepts. We have a broad range of topics we can cover with the magazine so do get in touch and we can chat through your article.
Do you want anything other than articles?
Sure. Anything goes (well almost) with The Testing Planet. As you can see from our previous editions we have an eclectic sense of taste. If you have something cool and fresh you want a creative outlet for, then get in touch. We are always open to suggestions.
But what kind of things could I write about?
Here’s some food for thought on what type of topics we are after:
- Guides, Tutorials, Tips, Commentary…
- Testing communities
- Testing conferences
- Collaboration tools
- Engaging with the end user
- Requirements gathering
- Social Media
- Technology (past and future)
- Future of testing
- Exploratory testing
- Education and testing
We encourage you to write articles that are fresh, funny, diverse but most of all, personal.
How many words do I have to write?
Unlike many editorials we don’t place an emphasis on the number of words. We would rather have short articles with no fluff than a drawn out epic that loses it’s point. If your story is 1500 words. Cool. If it’s 300 words. That’s cool too.
Just aim for somewhere between 300 and 3000 words and you’ll be OK.
How do I submit article or get in touch?
Fill in the form at the end of this page.
- Articles must not be simple descriptions of tools or principles or techniques or services(i.e this is performance testing, this is functional testing, this is tool X)
- Articles must be real testing stories from real people; we want honest real world testing stories of challenges, successes, failures.
- Articles must not be blatant promotions of tools; we do not want the magazine to become a vehicle for tool promotion and tool sales. We do however, encourage tool vendors to talk about the techniques, problems and ideas their tools attempt to solve/mitigate.
- We want opinions, ideas and concepts from a personal point of view.
- Articles must provide practical implementation ideas or actionable activities that can be taken from the article; if you promote an idea or concept then tell people how they too can apply it.
- Articles must not be a personal or frontal attack on a subject, person or association; we are not going to become the medium for people to rant, rave and shout political messages that are derogatory, spiteful or vindictive. Articles with passion and feeling on a general topic though will be accepted. Just no name calling please.
- Articles must not be over theoretical or require advanced knowledge of mathematics/science/programming to understand; we will not consider articles that are overly technical or require substantial prior knowledge of a technical/academic subject. Examples of how to use tools and coding languages however are encouraged.
- Articles must not be a reproduction of another article (unless explicitly defined as such); we do not want to republish old material that has previously been published. If you do re-cover an article, explain the reasons why and explain why this article is now different/relevant.
- We do not accept plagiarised articles.