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APICS Publications Author Guidelines

APICS magazine encourages readers to submit articles. Please ensure your story conforms to the following author guidelines, feature article specifications and editorial procedures.

Author guidelines

Frequency of publication: Quarterly

Publishing lead time: At least three months prior to publication date

Submission procedure: Send an email containing a manuscript or outline to

Editorial procedures

Review and acceptance process: Editorial staff members review manuscripts and notify authors within two weeks of receipt. Generally, articles are published within six to 12 months of acceptance. Please notify us in writing of changes to your article or biographical information.

Originality: APICS accepts only previously unpublished, exclusive manuscripts.

Product endorsements: APICS rejects articles that are advertising a specific product or solution (with the exception of submissions to the “Case Study” department). Authors may identify specific products or services but must mention them sparingly within an article about broader content.

Payment: APICS considers articles contributions to the advancement of the profession, and authors receive full bylined credit and complimentary copies of the issues in which their articles appear. In addition, authors earn four certification maintenance points for each feature article published in APICS magazine. 

Copyright: All published material is copyrighted by APICS, and authors are required to sign a copyright release form.

Author Review: APICS does not provide galleys or any other edited form of manuscripts unless major revisions are made. We reserve the right to alter any manuscript for clarity and adherence to APICS editorial style. Manuscript submission implies author agreement with this policy.

Feature article specifications

Length: Manuscripts should be about 2,000 words (range: 1,750-2,250). Articles with fewer than 1,750 words will be considered for publishing online in Thinking Supply Chain Blog.

Form: Submit articles to

Cover page: Include your name, address, phone number, email address, title, company and a brief biography with contact information.

Content strategies: Avoid purely theoretical articles and instead focus on real-world cases, proven strategies and implementable techniques. Include how-to tips, pointers and lists of resources to assist readers in using a similar tool or creating a similar system in their organizations. (Information about your personal situation also will be well received).

Tone: Write in a personal, professional and direct tone, and include practical examples. Ensure that your story is globally focused and easily understandable and relatable for international readers of diverse backgrounds.

Artwork: Inclusion of relevant artwork is encouraged. Please provide a short caption for the artwork as well. 

File type: Please submit your article in a .doc or .docx format.

Case Studies

The APICS magazine “Case Study” department is a free editorial opportunity to promote a product or service via a description of a relationship between an organization and a named client.

Case Study submissions must

  • be approximately 750 words in length
  • contain at least three direct quotes from a named source (including full name, title and company)
  • be organized in a The Challenge, The Solutions, The Results format (see examples on the “Case Studies” page)
  • include a detailed explanation of the issues being faced, why the solution was selected and quantitative results after at least a year of service
  • be previously unpublished and exclusive to APICS magazine.

Along with your “Case Study” submission, please include a high-resolution, color photograph in .jpg format that showcases employees working in a client’s facility or interacting with the product or service. (Please do not submit any logos, images of buildings or images of the product by itself.)

Email submissions to

Lessons Learned

If your story features a personal supply chain anecdote, consider submitting it to the “Lessons Learned” department. Articles should be approximately 750 words and feature a specific supply chain lesson learned. Real-world examples are highly encouraged. Email your submissions to

Thinking Supply Chain Blog specifications

Length: Thinking Supply Chain Blog posts should be about 500 words or more.

Form: Submit posts to

Cover page: Include your name, address, phone number, email address, title, company and a brief biography with contact information.

File type: Please submit your article in a .doc or .docx format.

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Tom Lasch
LaRich & Associates
Telephone: 440-247-1060
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