Authors’ Guidelines for IDEA’s Publications
Has anyone ever told you “You should write an article about that?” Are you overflowing with ideas on how to improve and streamline your fitness career? Are you an expert in a niche area of fitness and have you always wanted to publish your research? We want to hear from you! The editorial team is always looking for articles that serve the needs of fitness, wellness and health professionals.
IDEA is known for publishing articles that meet the needs of the fitness professional on multiple levels. We are particularly adept at balancing theory with practical application. No one offers the same depth of information in a manner that enables and empowers readers to act immediately. If you believe you have the skills, talents and content that will meet our editorial needs, please send us a query (details below).
Our readership includes personal trainers, fitness facility staff, fitness instructors, program directors, business owners and managers, and other health and wellness professionals. These readers have a broad range of educational backgrounds, including many with advanced degrees in health- and fitness-related fields.
Note: Each year, we receive hundreds of queries. We produce a limited number of issues, and we have a limited number of articles that we can assign. Current trends, previous or planned articles on related subjects, and numerous other factors also determine our ability to accept submitted ideas. Whether or not we are able to accept your query, we appreciate your interest in IDEA and your initiative in submitting your idea to us.
Getting StartedAn article must be an original piece of work that has not been published elsewhere. In order to determine if your idea is appropriate for IDEA’s publications, ask yourself:
- Would this article directly address the needs of fitness and health professionals (not just fitness and health consumers)?
- Am I qualified to write this article? Why?
- Would this article include practical, how-to application?
- Would the general topic area and length of this article be appropriate for the IDEA newsletters, or would it work as a feature or column for IDEA Fitness Journal?
Submission ProcedureAfter you have determined that your idea is suited for IDEA’s readership, send us a query letter outlining the proposed topic and the questions you will try to answer, and tell us:
- why this idea is important to fitness and health professionals
- why you are the person to write the article (a resume or biography listing your credentials is helpful)
- the general topics or points you will cover with this article (list a few, or include a rough outline)
- how you will include practical how-to information in your article
Keep in Mind...
- The editorial committee will consider your idea on the basis of timeliness, relevance and your credentials or experience. Written queries are preferred. Unsolicited material must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish it returned.
- All these written ideas, as well as those generated by the editors, circulate through an editorial board of instructors, exercise physiologists and business experts who determine the query’s relevance and timeliness.
- The review process takes 6 to 8 weeks. After this time, you will receive notification as to whether or not your article may be used.
- When an idea is tentatively approved but cannot be immediately slated for a specific issue, it may be held for a period of time for additional consideration. If an idea is approved, it is placed on the "go" list for inclusion in an upcoming issue. When the article is definitely placed in an issue, it is formally assigned to the author.
Preparing the ManuscriptIf your idea is accepted for publication, the assigning editor will establish manuscript length and payment. We pay within 60 days of final acceptance and purchase all rights. Remember that your article must target the professional, not the consumer. Write with a voice that is clear, concise and easy-to-understand. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all data and must be able to document their information with firsthand experience, interviews with experts and/or references to published sources. You will be required to include this backup documentation with your manuscript. IDEA has high fact-checking standards, and we are proud to have very few errors of fact in our publications.
Publications: Content DetailsIDEA Fitness Journal
Mission: To inspire and educate fitness and health professionals with up-to-date industry information and comprehensive research on exercise physiology, weight management, nutrition, health promotion, wellness, sports conditioning, industry and programming trends, personal and professional growth, and more.
Columns: The magazine also includes the following rotating columns, which are approximately 1,200-1,400 words in length:
Mission: To help personal trainers stay up to date with the robust growth and entrepreneurialism in personal training. IDEA Trainer Success is intended for personal trainers who already own and operate businesses, those thinking of starting businesses and those who manage personal training departments in fitness facilities.
Mission: To provide the management information that program and fitness directors and facility owners need to effectively plan program choices, supervise staff and attract and retain clients.
Mission:IDEA Pilates Today is produced and written from an unbiased point of view and serves as a platform for professional discussion from multiple viewpoints.