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The PMI-GLC  publishes blog (http://pmiglc.wordpress.com) and monthly electronically distributed newsletter (Baseline News) relevant to professionals from the project, program and portfolio management field.

We look for work that is related to project management and project leadership to address a broad audience. Blog or/and Baseline News publish qualitative articles as well as general tips that can help project management community in general. Our aim is to integrate the various strands of project, program and portfolio management and project leadership.

Disclaimer
PMI-GLC neither approves nor disapproves, nor does it guarantee the validity or accuracy of any data, claim, opinion or conclusion presented in either blog or newsletter content, articles, comments posted to the blog or advertisements.

Earn PDUs
Writing articles for blog and/or Baseline News is a great opportunity to earn points toward certification, or for maintaining certification. Articles published in the Baseline News can be submitted for re-certification under Category 2.  For more information on the earning PDUs by writing articles, please refer to the www.pmi.org.

Note: PMI-GLC publishing policy can be obtained from vp.communication by sending an email request.  A draft policy is under board review at this time.

General Guidelines

Authors must submit material in electronic format, as Microsoft Word documents. At the present time, all material must have English as its primary language. If presented in a language other than English, an exact English translation of all material must accompany the document.
If appropriate, sources of information should be listed as references. Please include a paragraph or two of biographical information about the author(s).

Submitted articles must meet a maximum length of 1,000 words, but it can vary based on the media and type of article being submitted such as a small list of tips could be 200 words and a story about successful project could be 1000 words.

Review of Submitted Articles
To decide which submitted articles will be accepted for posting on the PMI-GLC or Baseline News, a group of volunteers assists PMI-GLC Communications committee in evaluating all submitted articles. Articles are rated on:
  • Usefulness (how much it helps the community manage projects or programs)
  • Whether it advances the practice of project management and promotes project leadership
  • How current the material is
  • Whether the material is original
  • Its appeal to audiences selected on author submission form
  • Whether the writing is interesting, efficient and not repetitive, and follows the author style guidelines
  • Whether the material is covered in adequate depth.

Writing Dos and Don'ts
All submissions are reviewed first and foremost based on content and relevance to the project management profession—but content providers are still expected to make the information compelling and easy to digest. You may not be a professional writer, but following these simple dos and don’ts will help you get your material posted on the PMI-GLC blog or published in Baseline News:

        Do:

  • Think about who your target audience is. The submission form allows you to select audience by experience level, industry, type of organization, geography and topic. Audiences within the designated demographics will be selecting your submission, so please write appropriately for that audience. For example, an article for Project Manager Level III should not dwell on basic information.
  • Include information that is current and timely. In order to achieve the vision of the Knowledge Shelf, please present the latest trends and discuss why the information presented is important to the intended audience.
  • Be considerate of your audience’s time constraints. Be efficient and concise while providing the details that are important to your audience. Emphasize the practical and illustrate it with specifics. Avoid repetition.
  • Follow the Style Notes explained at the end of these guidelines: Use of a common style sheet throughout the article will enhance audience experience.

Don’t:

  • Repackage press releases, "advertorial," or promotional copy.  The aim of the material should be to educate and inform the audience, rather than to promote an organization, the author, a product or a service.
  • The correct attribution must appear in the submitted material.
  • Just scratch the surface. Cover your material in-depth, but don’t try to cover every aspect of a very broad topic. It’s much more interesting and useful to detail a smaller topic from as many angles and as deeply as possible.
Clearances
  • The author is responsible for clearance from his/her organization as well as permission to reproduce any material previously published by others. Tool licenses or restrictions should be clearly specified.
  • Accepted manuscripts can become the property of PMI-GLC or be licensed to PMI-GLC. Authors will be required to sign appropriate agreements.

Style Notes

  • Text for Knowledge Shelf submissions should be presented in U.S. English.
  • Non-global organizations should be identified by headquarters location and people should be identified by organizational affiliation and title.

Numbers 

  • In general use, spell out one through nine…10…100…1 million.
    If a precise measurement, use numerals; note the following examples/exceptions:

  • $10 - 20 percent
  • one-half - 30-minute
  • Exhibit 5 - Level 3

Dates/Times: 16 March 2008; 15-17 May; 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (GMT -4)

Phone Numbers: +1 610 356 4600; +64 9 277 7756

Currency: Identify any currency discussed. Consider converting uncommon currencies to more common ones, such as U.S. dollars, euros or U.K. pounds.

Measurements: Be sure to put metric or “English” equivalents in parentheses when citing measures of length, weight, speed, volume and temperature.

Capitalization: Use very sparingly. Anything that could be used generically, including organizational business units, should be in all lower-case. Do not capitalize position titles unless they appear before the name.

Subsequent mention of names: Contrary to usage in U.S. and select other world newspapers, PMI-GLC prefers the more respectful use of the title Mr., Ms., Mrs., Miss or Dr. before the surname on subsequent mentions of names.

Abbreviations/acronyms: Spell out on first use and put the acronym in parentheses. Do not use the abbreviation or acronym if it is used only once in the text. These rules are especially important in any technical or specialized presentation where a wider audience might not be familiar with those abbreviations or acronyms.

URLs (i.e., web addresses): It is not necessary to use “http://” if a URL begins with www, but it is necessary if the URL does not begin with “www.” PMI-GLC’s website is referred to as PMIGLC.org.

PMI Registration Marks/Trademarks
It is important to protect PMI intellectual property by using these marks properly. It is acceptable to use register marks only on the “marked” item’s first appearance, with the exceptions of PMBOK® Guide, which always gets a register mark because it is part of the name.

Note - These guidelines are adapted from PM Network® Author's Guidelines/Style Sheet available at pmi.org/PDF/Knowledge_Shelf_Editorial_Guidelines.pdf

Last updated - 10/21/2009