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WRITERS' GUIDELINES FOR ALL ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS TO TMA
(revised June 2014)

For Duplication Purposes:

We prefer that you send us your article via e-mail in the formats discussed below. (In some cases, we will ask that the e-mail submission be followed up with a CD-ROM or a hard copy of the article and printouts of any charts or other graphics.) Submit articles in the following order of format preference: (1) Microsoft Word 98 or newer; (2) RTF (rich text) file. We can translate many word-processing formats, both in Macintosh and PC, but if you're using a PC word-processing program or a Macintosh program other than Microsoft Word, please send an additional file of your article document in a “text only” format.

If you cannot send the article via e-mail or on a CD-ROM, please submit your article double-spaced and clearly and darkly typed, so that it can be electronically scanned. Please do not circle, underline, or otherwise mark up the copy to be used for scanning. Use standard formatting (e.g., do not use all capital letters or all italic-style script). Please do not send barely legible Xerox copies or onionskin paper for scanning purposes.

Make sure your article has a title and page numbers, and provide your address and phone number on the first page; include your e-mail address if applicable. Send a black-and-white photo if you would like your photo to appear with your article. Be sure to include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) if you want us to return your article, photo, artwork, or illustrations. Please indicate how our readers can contact you and whether you want your address and/or phone number printed with the article. Along those lines, please provide a biographical sketch about yourself and your work; your bio should be 100 words maximum, including contact information.

Please do not use glyphs for planets, signs, or aspects in your Word or text document (we may not have the same astrological font that you use). You may spell out the names of planets, signs, etc., or use the standard three-letter abbreviations. Glyphs are acceptable in a table or diagram, as long as this is in an image file, such as a JPEG.

Diagrams, Illustrations, and Charts:

You will need to supply your own diagrams (if any are required to understand the text). We welcome suggestions for artwork or illustrations to enhance your article. Do not send original artwork that you wish to be returned, unless we ask for it. If you are using specific birth charts or event charts in your article, please send us a copy of each chart, although we generally recreate the charts for publication. You must tell us your original source for all birth and event data to be used in your article. Please study the attached information on “How To Source and Cite Your Data for Publication in TMA” before you submit your article.

Once we request and receive your article, we will let you know within approximately 90 days of receipt whether your article is accepted, accepted pending revision, or declined. (For future reference, if your article is time sensitive, you should begin the query process at least 8 months before the publication date of the magazine you’d like it to appear in, although we can sometimes squeeze in a current events article at the last minute.)

Acceptance/rejection is based entirely upon our perception of content, quality, how the article fits into our plans for TMA, and its potential appeal to our readers. Once an article is accepted, we reserve the right to edit, condense, cut, or otherwise alter the text of all material sent for publication without the advance approval of the writer; however, we do consult authors about substantive changes. Upon acceptance of your article, we will ask you to sign a contract outlining our terms, conditions, compensation, etc. This includes permission for us to publish your article in the print magazine and in an electronic version of the same issue of TMA for distribution online. Before the contract is finalized by TMA, authors will be asked to satisfy all requests for information specific to their article.

Important Note: Once you’ve submitted your finished article, do not make any further revisions or additions unless we ask for them. If you feel that such changes are necessary, please contact our Editor, Nan Geary, to discuss the matter. When we review a revised article for final approval, we are dismayed if we discover that we’re reading an entirely new article, instead of the one we originally reviewed and accepted for publication.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us by phone (530) 477-7756; or e-mail: Nan@MountainAstrologer.com or editorial@MountainAstrologer.com

Tem Tarriktar, Nan Geary, and Janette deProsse
Editors of The Mountain Astrologer

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 970
Cedar Ridge CA 95924

UPS/FedEx Address:
436 Colfax Avenue
Grass Valley CA 95945

TMA FORMAT FOR REFERENCES AND NOTES

List all references, sources, and endnotes at the end of the article under the title References and Notes. Include footnote numbers in the text to correspond to this list.

Please do not use embedded footnotes or hyperlinks in the text. These conventions are often part of a “default” style in word-processing software, so we ask you to disable them in the version of your article that you send us via e-mail or on CD.

Format for book: Robert Pelletier, Planets in Houses: Experiencing Your Environment, Whitford Press, 1978, p. 5. (or pp. 5–10).

Format for magazine/periodical: Kelley Hunter, “The Dark Goddess Lilith,” in The Mountain Astrologer, April/May 1999, p. 19.

Format for website: See http://en.wikipedia.org, “Johannes Kepler” (accessed March 14, 2012). OR: Gavin White, “The Exaltation System in Babylonian Astrology,” www.skyscript.co.uk (accessed June 1, 2012).

HOW TO SOURCE AND CITE YOUR DATA FOR PUBLICATION IN TMA
(Please read this carefully before sending us your article or any charts.)

The first international meeting of the Association of Professional Data Collectors occurred on May 30, 1997, in Brussels, Belgium. One of their goals is to advance data standards, and we agree with their position that data presented without a source is unprofessional and unacceptable. If you’re submitting an article that involves birth charts, event charts, or other astrological charts, you must provide the original source of your data (e.g., birth certificate, birth record, mother’s memory, rectification [mention by whom and what source was used for the rectification], etc.).

Don’t make the mistake of writing an entire article only to discover, too late, that your chart data are inaccurate. Speculative data sources result in speculative interpretations and premises, which then contribute to the image of astrology as meaningless speculation. Save yourself time and trouble; check out your data before you begin.

Note: Please refer to the Rodden Rating System below, before you submit charts, and clearly state the status of your data.

AA: Accurate data as recorded by the family or state
A: Accurate data as quoted by the person, kin, friend, or associate
B: Biography or autobiography (give complete publication information)
C: Caution: no source of origin
DD: Dirty Data: two or more conflicting quotes that are unqualified
X: Data with no time of birth
XX: Data without a known or confirmed date

IMPORTANT: If you get your data from a computer program such as astrological software or AstroDatabank (currently accessible at www.astro.com), it is insufficient to cite the program or the website as the source. You need to determine what their source is (as above). Examples: Marilyn Monroe, AA: B.C. (birth certificate); Johnny Depp, A: data from father.

If you get your data from one of the Data Collections, either on computer or in catalogue, please cite the name of the collection, the source of the data the collection gives, and the corresponding Rodden rating. (Example: Blackwell Collection, AA: B.C.)

If you’re using a biography or autobiography as a source, please send a Xerox copy of the page that gives the data. We would then publish the name of the book and the number of the page showing the data. You must provide the complete publication reference in the format defined in our Reference List instructions (author, title, publisher, year).

Rectified charts may be acceptable as long as they are clearly referenced as such.

Please help us to encourage and maintain higher standards of astrological publishing through professional delineation and interpretation of the charts used in your article, based on careful data citations. We would greatly appreciate your attention to these details before you submit your work. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

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