The space in the Journal must be utilized for its maximum usefulness. Before starting an article, decide how the article will benefit the readers. The purpose of the Journal is to inform and help the reader in the pursuit of better photography. A review article should be critical, presenting the pros and cons of the subject.
Next, write an outline and organize the article. Feature articles should be limited to 1200 words. There should be a title, an introduction, the body of the article, and a conclusion. The title should grab the reader’s attention and highlight the general topic of the article. The introduction should contain any relevant background information and set the tone of the article. The body should be broken into pieces with subheadings for easy organization. It includes the details of the article. The conclusion should leave a lasting impression on the reader and encourage the reader to take some action or change an opinion.
In order to adhere to the limit on number of words, do not use flowery language or get too wordy. A wordy article wastes Journal space and readers’ time. Good articles are not written but rewritten. Set the draft aside for a few days, read it again and then refine it. This not only saves space but makes the article easier to read.
Obituaries, for members of PSA, published in the PSA Journal are very different from obituaries commonly found in regional or city newspapers. The Journal obituaries deal with members and their activities in PSA and related photographic organizations and areas. The first paragraph normally includes all Society related activities, Honors, and Distinctions. The following paragraphs may include important photographic achievements internationally and locally. Other honors and distinctions from non PSA-related organizations may be cited. Rarely are employment or personal non-photographic achievements reported.
It is normal for members who have been elected to Honors or achieved Distinctions to receive a more extensive obituary, which includes a picture if one is available.
The Editor of the Journal neither writes nor researches obituaries, but usually edits them for length and for non-photo society information. The Managing Editor may occasionally research the dates that Honors and Distinctions are received.
The PSA Journal realizes the importance of notices of passing and obituaries and will do everything possible to facilitate their publication.
Articles and images may be uploaded individually or in a single ZIP file. The filename used for the ZIP file should have the author's last name and the date of submission.