Contribute

Laboratory Design Newsletter is the information resource for lab design, engineering and construction. Here you will learn how to contribute articles for the publication.

Contributed Feature Articles
In addition to feature articles written by the staff of editors for Laboratory Design Newsletter is always looking for good story ideas and articles, and welcome outside contributions. These contributed articles may be published in print, online, or both.

Contributed articles should emphasize technical design, engineering and construction applications, and can be written from either a designer/engineer/consultant/construction or user’s point of view.

Laboratory Design Newsletter accepts articles from lab designers/planners, architects, engineers, consultants, end users, vendors and those in the construction field.

Articles should be engaging, technically rigorous and professionally useful through concise, crisp writing, and helpful, eye-catching graphics. All articles are reviewed and edited by the editors prior to publication.

Prospective authors should contact the editors prior to writing the article. Send an email outlining:
• A suggested title or topic heading for your article.
• A 100-word synopsis or outline of the story idea, indicating its significance and why it should be published in Laboratory Design Newsletter.

The editors review all submissions within one week and may invite the author to prepare a full-length article. This invitation to write is not agreement to publish. Articles are not accepted for publication until a final draft has been edited and approved by the editors. The style, length, format, and technical content of the final article is determined by the editors.

All submitted articles must be original. Laboratory Design Newsletter will not use previously published articles. Articles must be submitted to Laboratory Design Newsletter on an exclusive basis. Articles must be noncommercial, if coming from a vendor.

Authors must obtain all necessary approvals and releases from their organization and affiliated partners prior to submission. If images or illustrations were published previously, the author must obtain written permission for re-publication prior to submission.

Provide a brief (35 words) biographical sketch for each author, describing their training and expertise in the subject area. Include the correct name, title, affiliation, and location. Contact information: Always include a phone number and email address in correspondence. Provide a secondary contact name if the author will not be available during the editing process.

All published articles are copyrighted by Advantage Business Media and may only be used for other purposes with written approval of Advantage Business Media/Laboratory Design Newsletter or www.labdesignnews.com.

If you have an article inquiry, please contact the Laboratory Design staff, ldn_web@advantagemedia.com.

Editorial Topics
Laboratory covers a broad range of topics related to industrial research. Subject areas include:

  • Lab Design
  • Lab Renovations
  • Codes and Standards
  • Lab Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Resiliency
  • Adaptive Re-use
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility
  • Lab Construction
  • Costs
  • Best-practices
  • BIM
  • HVAC
  • Water Conservation/Efficiency
  • Lighting
  • Daylight
  • Project Management
  • Specialty Labs
  • Lab Planning
  • Lab Programming

And more.


Photos and Illustrations
Good photos and illustrations are crucial to the success of an article to attract readers and supply additional information to enhance the text.

All photos and illustrations should be of high quality, with good contrast and sharpness. Electronic images are required and must be saved as separate files in TIF or EPS format, with 300 dpi or higher resolution and a minimum of four inches wide.

Bar charts, diagrams, sketches, etc., should be drawn accurately and clearly, but need not be suitable for reproduction as submitted. Laboratory Design Newsletter’s staff can prepare them for publication. If a chart has supporting data, supply it in Excel format.

A caption should accompany each graphic and should accurately describe what is represented in the graphic including company name and location, product, application, and researcher names. Provide a credit (name, company) for the submitted graphic.

Important Policies & Procedures
Deadlines: Most material is due two months before the projected date of publication, but anything you can do to get articles, press releases, photos and artwork to us sooner than that would be appreciated. Your supervising editor will give you specific dates when materials are due.

Payment: In general, Laboratory Design Newsletter does not pay contributors for articles, nor does it charge authors to have articles published in the Magazine.

Preprints and reprints: Preprints are not made available to authors, but reprints can be ordered. Price quotations are available on request.

Online articles: Laboratory Design Newsletter reserves the right to post all articles that appear in the magazine online at www.rdmag.com.

Copyright: All articles appearing in Laboratory Design Newsletter are copyrighted by Advantage Business Media. You may be asked to sign a standard copyright transfer agreement, which is designed to protect you and Laboratory. You are encouraged to create a link from your website to the online version of your article, but you may not copy the article onto your site without a copyright transfer agreement.