PositionIT: Author’s guide

How to get an article published in PositionIT

PositionIT’s content comprises 1) views articlesand 2) industry/institute newsupfront, followed by 3) technical articlesinterspersed with 4) company/product news, and the magazine concludes with a people’s photo page and an 5) eventspage. Below are more details about each type of article.

We welcome your participation in PositionIT on relevant topics, as outlined on the PositionIT features. Editorial submissions should be addressed toPierre Potgieter – editor of PositionITpierre.potgieter@ee.co.za

The editor reserves the right to decide whether or not to publish an editorial submission, and to shorten or edit any article to suit the style and length requirements of the magazine as detailed below. This is done with due diligence, and, in the case of technical articles, generally in conjunction with the author.

Here’s a digital copy of PositionIT to page through for an idea of PositionIT’s content, style and layout.

Views articles

 Views articles include letters to the editor, views, comment and opinion pieces on relevant topics, and any responses to articles previously published. Views articles should be between approximately 950 words long, and should include a high-res (300 dpi) image of the author(s). Letters should be short and to the point.

Where a submission is controversial, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure that affected persons and organisations are given an opportunity to respond, and that diverse views are solicited and fairly presented.

Industry, institute and training news

Industry, institute and training news should be topical and newsworthy, and between 200 and 450 words long. These articles are non-commercial in nature and relevant to the broader industry.

Technical articles

Technical articles should aim to serve technical needs, provide appropriate technical solutions and/or share technical experiences with the reader. These articles should be between 1750 and 3500 words long, and may include high-res graphics for illustration. Preference is given to technical articles that have not been published in South Africa before, and/or are given exclusively to PositionIT/EE Publishersfor publication.

While it is accepted that proprietary technologies, products and services may be described, technical articles should be generic in nature and should not have an overtly self-serving or commercial content. The use of company names, brand names and trademarks should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Technical articles are published on merit at the sole discretion of the editor, subject to the availability of space, based on the perceived interest and relevance to the reader, and the need to maintain the necessary editorial balance and a viable editorial/advertising ratio.

An easy-to-use technical article template and general style sheet is available to assist authors in the preparation of technical papers in a consistent format and style, for consideration for publishing in PositionIT.

Company news

Company news include any commercial news about a company, be it new product/service releases, mergers and acquisitions, expansions, new appointments, latest developments at the company, and so on.

Every news item or press release received is reviewed and edited to ensure that the news item meets the length and style requirements of PositionIT. Although these news articles may be more overtly commercial or promotional in nature, the use of unexplained acronyms and/or repetitious use of company names, brand names and trademarks should be avoided.

We strongly encourage contributors of overtly commercial, promotional or self-serving company, project, product and technology news to back up their PR efforts with advertising support and/or a colour picture, to grab the attention of the reader. Colour pictures are generally published at a nominal charge to cover the extra costs of full colour repro and printing.

In publishing company news items, it should be understood that we generally receive far more submissions than we can possibly publish, while maintaining the necessary balance and a viable editorial/advertising ratio. We therefore support our affiliated institutions and customers first.

Event listings

List your event for free on our events page to be considered for inclusion on PositionIT’s printed events page (typically only the four most relevant upcoming events make it into the print edition). Events may comprise lectures, symposiums, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, tutorials, training courses, launches, corporate promotions etc. Please include the title, dates and times, venue, target audience, purpose, subject matter covered, organisers and contact details for the event.

Advertorial/paid editorial content

Where an author or company requires a commercial, promotional or self-serving submission to be published in full without editing or shortening, in a specific font, style or layout, and/or with a specified title, pictures, logos and contact details, then this may be classified as paid editorial content, or advertorial, which is charged for at an agreed rate. In these cases the word “Advertorial” will be discreetly included above the article to indicate to readers that this is paid editorial content.

Learn more about advertising opportunities and rates in PositionIT.

Submission format and graphics

Editorial submissions for publication should be made to the editor in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or rich rext format ( .rtf) by email. Submissions should include the necessary figures, diagrams, graphs and pictures. Access to a cloud-based folder can be requested for uploading images that are too large to email. Graphics should be high resolution (300 dpi minimum) and minimum 10 x 10 cm in size. Good quality hard copy documents, diagrams and photographic images in the form of colour positives can be submitted for us to scan. If there is any doubt, please discuss this with us to avoid any potential problems.


Copyright of all material published in PositionIT is vested in the author(s) and EE Publishers. In submitting any article for publication, submitters confirm that they have the permission of the author(s) and/or own the copyright, which is granted to EE Publishers for publishing purposes. No part of PositionIT may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, except as described hereafter. Copying of articles published in PositionIT is not permitted except for personal and internal use, to the extent permitted by South African law. Permission is not required to make abstracts, on condition that a full reference to the source is shown. Requests for permission for other kinds of copying, reproduction or re-publishing should be addressed to EE Publishers.


Articles published PositionIT do not necessarily reflect the views of EE Publishers, the editor(s), or any institute or other affiliated organisation. It is a condition of publishing material in PositionIT that EE Publishers shall not be liable for any consequential damages arising from the publication in good faith of any article, advertisement, picture, comment, view or opinion. This applies to publishing, failing to publish, late publishing or incorrectly publishing any article, advertisement, insert, picture, caption, etc. It is acknowledged that errors in transcript, human and technical errors can and do occur, but reasonable effort will be made to minimise their occurrence, and to acknowledge and correct such errors when they are brought to the attention of EE Publishers.