Author Guidelines

We want to offer easy and uncomplicated opportunities for program and project management (P/PM) experts and practitioners to share their experiences and knowledge.  All articles and papers submitted for publication in the PM World Journal (PMWJ) should be original.  If previously or simultaneously published elsewhere, please let us know when submitting the paper.  All articles and papers should be emailed to [email protected].

Authors retain original copyright – see COPYRIGHT POLICY and AUTHOR AGREEMENT.

We can accept articles and papers prepared according to the style guides provided by most publications and journals.  However, here are some guidelines to help make our publication of your work easier, faster and more successful.

Keep it SIMPLE

  • No special formatting, PLEASE – we reformat all papers for publication
  • No headers or footers – they will be replaced
  • Single column – no fancy formatting for newsletters PLEASE!

General Formatting Rules

Language – English (American, Australian, British, Canadian, Indian, South African, Other) – translation into multiple languages will be available on the PMWJ website

File Type – MS Word or equivalent  (original content is needed in MS Word, we will convert final papers to PDF format)

Font Type – Ariel, Verdana or Times New Roman preferred

Font Size – 11 or 12 pt in body, 12 or 14 pt for headings and sub-headings

Title – Top of first page, centered, 14 pt, Ariel Black font

Author Name – 2nd line, just below title on first page

Form – Introduction or Abstract, body of paper, conclusion, references

Headings and Sub-Headings – use as many as you like, numbering is ok but not preferred, can be larger font and bold type

Paragraphs and Sections – paragraphs should contain no more than 250 words (150 words per paragraph preferred); sections should generally include 3-6 paragraphs

Footnotes and references – listed at end of paper (preferred)

Images, Figures & Exhibits – generally up to 5 per paper, unless more are needed in a longer research report or featured paper; none on front page

Acronyms – Spell out the word the first time, with acronym in parentheses; use of the acronym can then be used freely in the text

About the Author – summary paragraph of personal background, including current position, experience, education and areas of interest or expertise; headshot photo (send JPG file separate from paper); contact information if desired (email address and website url)

GUIDE for TYPES OF Articles and Papers

  • Featured Paper – serious, referenced, professional paper or research report; less than 10,000 words, 5-20 pages
  • Advisory Article – advice on how to solve a P/PM problem, based on experience or expertise; 1,500 words or less, 6-12 paragraphs
  • Commentary – personal viewpoint or opinion piece; 1,500 words or less, 6-12 paragraphs
  • Case Study – description of real world application of P/PM; 2,500 words or less, 3-7 pages
  • Report – reviews of local or regional professional activities; 2,000 words or less, 2-5 pages
  • Student Paper – from undergraduate or graduate coursework; length can vary according to extent of research; generally 10-20 pages
  • News Story – article about person or organization associated with a program, project or P/PM profession, or describing future or recently concluded P/PM event or professional activity, research, education, publication or other news related to P/PM; stories about programs and projects are welcome; 1,000 words or less, 1-2 pages
  • Personal Story – discussion of personal experience related to a program, project or P/PM career; up to 2,500 words, 3-10 pages

For exceptions, please discuss with the editor when submitting the paper.

Style Guides

For those who are still learning to write for publication or who would like to study general writing rules in English, good sources of information can be found on the following websites:

Some of the better known style guides are books for purchase, including:


All contents of the PM World Journal will be archived in the PM World Library.  Authors will each have an AUTHOR SHOWCASE webpage in the library where her or his author profile will be posted, along with links to works by the author that are included in the library.

For additional information, contact [email protected]