APWA Reporter Editorial Guidelines

The APWA Reporter serves as the primary communication tool uniting the community of public works professionals who make up APWA. The magazine is distributed monthly to all members of APWA. Most editorial content includes articles by public works practitioners on such subjects as solid waste management, water resources, municipal engineering, transportation, equipment services, buildings and grounds, snow removal, and other public works-related topics.

All articles submitted for the APWA Reporter should pertain to the field of public works.

Articles should be submitted via email to kclark@apwa.net.

Writing style should be newspaper style (Associated Press style) written in third person.

Photographs, illustrations, graphs, etc. are welcome. Please include captions with each. Please submit as a jpg or pdf file. Should be at least 300 dpi. Photo credits are allowed.

All articles must have a byline and should end with the author’s phone number and e-mail for readers to contact for more information.

Articles published in the APWA Reporter are the exclusive property of the American Public Works Association. To request permission to photocopy or reprint any APWA article, contact the editor at kclark@apwa.net.

We prefer to publish original material and generally avoid running articles printed in other publications.

Articles must be submitted at least six weeks prior to first of the month of publication. For example, July 25 is the deadline for an article to appear in September issue. Special permission may be granted for late submittal with prior arrangement.

Articles should be between 800 and 1200 words. Longer articles are sometimes accepted if the subject matter warrants it.

The criteria for article selection will vary from issue to issue. For example, the February issue is the annual Water Resources Management issue and the July issue is the annual Transportation issue. See the media kit for the magazine’s editorial calendar.

Acceptance or assignment of articles does not guarantee publication, immediate or otherwise. The APWA Reporter editorial team has the final say regarding publication of any article.

APWA reserves the right to edit the articles in keeping with accepted standards of style, form, and content. We will not accept or publish content that is derogatory to others on the basis of race, ethnicity, country of origin, sex, gender identity, gender presentation, disability, relation, or for any other reason we decide.

Published pieces are not necessarily the opinion of APWA. We are open to publishing opinions from many corners of the public works community.

No payment is made for articles, photography, or other illustrations. Obtaining permission to use photographs is the responsibility of the submitting party.

All articles submitted to the APWA Reporter—whether by APWA members, nonmembers, or on behalf of APWA’s Technical Committees and Standing Committees—must pertain directly to the field of public works.

The recommended practice regarding articles from APWA’s Technical Committees or Standing Committees is that the contributing author should submit the article to APWA’s staff liaison for review. After review and approval by the staff liaison, the liaison then forwards the article to the APWA Reporter editor. If there are any concerns regarding content by the APWA Reporter editor, the editor will contact the staff liaison for discussion. The article may be sent back to the contributing author for possible revision and modification at that time. This review process is to help ensure that the best product possible will be included in the magazine for our members.

The APWA Reporter editorial team reserves the right to refuse publication for any reason.