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For more than 25 years, TDWI has been raising the intelligence of data leaders and their teams with in-depth, applicable education and research, and an engaged worldwide membership community. Accelerate the success of your data management and analytics projects—and your career—with TDWI.

Information for Prospective Authors

Submission Guidelines

Content is what makes TDWI the unrivaled leader in independent and valuable guidance for the data-driven world. We encourage you to share your great ideas, insights, and lessons with our audience. This page is a starting point for submitting ideas for both our events as well as our variety of publications.

The Business Intelligence Journal is a semiannual journal that focuses on all aspects of unbiased, critical business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing (DW) knowledge. The Journal’s name and content reflect TDWI’s mission to educate business and IT professionals about the array of technologies and disciplines required to deliver valuable insight to business users and to help organizations operate more intelligently.

Upcoming Submission Deadlines
Editorial Acceptance
Formatting Your Submission
Suggested Topics
Writing Tips
Advertising Information

Upcoming Journal Submission Deadlines

Volume 26, Number 1

  • Submission Deadline: February 26, 2021
  • Distribution: June 2021
Volume 26, Number 2
  • Submission Deadline: August 21, 2021
  • Distribution: December 2021  

Email: [email protected]
Attn: James Powell, Editorial Director
Subject: _AuthorLastname_ Submission to the Business Intelligence Journal


Editorial Acceptance

  • All articles are reviewed by the Journal’s editors before being accepted for publication. The editors expect a comprehensive treatment of the article's topic, including actionable insights that can be applied beyond a particular industry or practice area. The standard article length is roughly 3,000–5,000 words.

  • It is our policy to revise content without contacting the author for approval. We edit for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style to meet our editorial standards, and to fit the space allotted. If time permits, we will offer authors the opportunity to review the edited manuscript to ensure that no errors have been introduced or meanings unintentionally changed.

  • Articles must be original and unpublished. This includes prior publication on the Web (in any context) or as part of a white paper or other publication. Submissions involving previously published concepts may be considered as long as the article we receive is an entirely new take on them. We also ask that you inform us if you have submitted the same article to more than one publication.

  • Articles must be written for a general business/data analytics professional audience.  We do not accept academic research.

  • All named authors of an article must provide a signed release form before the article can be published.  Please wait for TDWI to send you a filled-in release form once your article is accepted for publication. Do not submit a release prior to acceptance.

  • The Journal will not publish articles that market, advertise, or promote a particular product, company, or technology.

  • Due to space constraints, specific publication dates for accepted articles cannot be guaranteed.


Formatting Your Submission

The Journal  welcomes submissions from international authors. However, as we publish in American English, we strongly recommend that authors for whom English is not their native language have their work reviewed for proper English grammar, style, and usage before submitting it to the Journal. Submissions that are deficient in these characteristics cannot be considered for publication, regardless of the quality of the ideas included therein.

>>Word document

Your manuscript should be saved in Microsoft Word format only (.doc or docx) and sent as an attachment. Do not use styled templates with special formatting; limit formatting to bold, italics, and bullet lists and use Times New Roman font, 12 point.

Your document should include:

  • An abstract of 150–200 words describing the manuscript's contents, including keywords or phrases that will help quickly identify the subject.
  • A short 20-word author biography that includes only name, affiliation, and email address.
  • If there are references, make sure they are placed at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order by first author. Use the following general format when listing references. If you're not sure, provide all the relevant information (editions, editors, translators, etc.).
    • Articles: Author [year]. "Title," Journal Name, Vol. __, No. __, Month.
    • Books: Author [year]. Book Name, Publisher, Pages cited.
    In the text, refer to the author by name and publication date, such as (Smith, 1994). For up to six multiple authors, include all names, such as (Smith, Jones, and Wilson, 1995); for six or more authors, include the lead author only by name (Smith et al, 1995).
  • Graphics should be sent separately as PowerPoint files. If that is not possible, please submit graphics in their original format (.jpg, .bmp, .tif, .xls, etc.).
  • Indicate the approximate placement in the text by inserting a thumbnail of the image followed by a caption briefly describing the content of the graphic. Tables may be created within Word. Please number figures and tables separately.
  • Do not include any graphics for which you do not have express, written permission to republish in the Business Intelligence Journal.
>>Other items
  • Include a high-resolution (300dpi) digital author photo in TIFF or JPEG format. For best results, your photo should include your head and shoulders and be shot against a plain background.
  • Once your article has been accepted for publication, you will be asked to sign a writer's agreement (digital signatures are permitted, otherwise you can email a scanned (PDF) copy of your signed agreement and return it via email).  You can preview the agreement which grants us permission to publish your article and asks you to attest to authorship and originality, among other terms.


Suggested Topics

Journal authors are encouraged to submit articles or proposals that address the following list of pertinent topics, or other topics of interest to data management and analytics professionals.

  • Trends and best practices in analytics
    • real-time streaming
    • edge analytics
    • predictive analytics
    • prescriptive analytics
    • in-memory analytics
    • cloud-based analytics
    • text analytics and disambiguation
  • Big data
    • security, privacy, governance (especially with IoT)
    • evolution (Apache Kafka, Storm, Spark, Hadoop/MapReduce)
  • IoT (protocols, architecture, security, analytics)
  • Cutting-edge enterprise applications of analytics/data marketing
  • Next-generation architectures/data warehouse modernization
  • Cloud services
    • Software-as-a-service (SaaS)
    • Platforms-as-a-service (PaaS)
  • The changing role of IT and self-service BI
  • Bridging the gap between business and IT
  • Changing data-related roles
    • data scientists
    • chief data officers
    • chief analytics officers
  • Self-service data preparation and visualization
  • Machine learning/AI
  • Interesting uses of data—hive (mind sensors, virtual reality, etc.)
  • Next-generation data management
  • Data storytelling and visualization
  • Mobile business intelligence
  • Cognitive computing
  • Graph databases


Writing Tips

Proofread your work carefully or have a friend or colleague do so. Although the editorial staff is glad to work with authors to craft a successful article, we cannot correct overall style problems or compensate for a lack of basic English language skills. Writing that does not meet our editorial quality standards cannot be considered for publication, regardless of the quality of the ideas it presents. Additional information on the what we look for can be found here and here (links open in a new window).

Focus on practical, in-depth information. Our audience of active data management and analytics practitioners is looking for new techniques and approaches they can put to use. The Business Intelligence Journal occasionally publishes thought pieces that look to the future of BI, but we will not publish articles that cover BI or analytics fundamentals (which are already known to our readers) or that describe current trends and buzzwords without providing actionable information for putting new technologies or ideas to work in readers' own environments. 

Read a copy of the Business Intelligence Journal before submitting. Contact us at [email protected] to request a sample; then read it to ensure your manuscript is consistent with the approach, style, and tone of our other articles. For example, keep bullet lists to a minimum. Your article should be 3,000 to 5,000 words long and contain proper citations for all references.

Don’t promote your own company or its products, services, or technology. If your company sells a solution that addresses the subject matter of your article, ensure that you are representing a balanced view: discuss both the pros and cons of your suggested approach, explain why it works, and do not suggest that our readers buy your solution.

Get feedback in advance. Send a short abstract of your proposed article to [email protected]. We’ll let you know if the subject is of interest and may offer suggestions about what to include or avoid as you write your manuscript. However, such feedback does not guarantee acceptance.

Advertising Information

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