These author guidelines apply to both "World Water" and "World Water: Stormwater Management" magazines.

All publications include feature and technical articles on industry, market, and policy trends, cutting-edge engineering projects, and practical solutions. Each issue contains 5+ features corresponding to the topics outlined in the editorial calendar.

2020 World Water Editorial Calendar

2020 World Water: Stormwater Management Editorial Calendar

Pamela Wolfe, World Water Editor-in-Chief

(508) 540-1309

[email protected]

Submitting an Article

Prospective authors should contact the editor to discuss article ideas or submit an abstract or finished paper.

  • Written proposals typically are reviewed within a month of their receipt.
  • Articles may be accepted up to 6 months in advance of publication, so authors should submit their proposals as much in advance of the desired publication issue as possible.
  • Articles often are accepted within 2 months of publication as well, depending upon the circumstances.
  • Submissions must include the authors’ names, telephone number(s), e-mail address of the corresponding author.
  • Deadlines and publication date are set by the editor once an article is accepted.
  • Accepted articles should be submitted electronically via email in Microsoft Word format.

Publication Process

Editing ensures that articles are in the best possible shape for publication. Accepted articles are edited for clarity, cohesion, substance, and style.

The editor retains the right to make the final decision on editorial content and style.

WEF has developed its own editorial style that dictates grammatical preferences and how words are treated. All published articles are edited to conform to this style. However, the editors recognize that each writer has a unique writing style, and every effort is made to preserve that style.

Once an article has been edited, it is sent back to the author for final review. Authors also may be asked to revise their articles or provide additional information


Some of the style rules followed by World Water magazines:

  • Feature articles typically contain 900 (1-page layout), 1800 (2-page layout) or 2400 words.
    • Longer articles may be cut or published as multipart series.
  • Because the World Water magazines are not peer-reviewed, ideas, data, and other material should be attributed when necessary within the text rather than in footnotes.
  • Promotional language will be removed and may result in rejection of the article.
  • Articles should be written in third person.
  • Articles should use the metric units of measurement system.
    • Authors submitting articles that contain English units will be asked to provide conversions. For example: The pipe is 102 mm (4 in.) long.
  • WEF uses the term water resource recovery facility instead of wastewater treatment plant. Likewise, facility is preferable to plant.


Authors are encouraged to submit artwork, including figures and photos in separate jpg files to accompany their articles. Figures and tables can be submitted electronically in files separate from the text.

  • Photos should have captions and credit information and be sent in separate JPEG or PNG files of at least 1 MB. Technical spec is 300 dpi at finished size – greater than 1 MB usually suffices.
  • Tables should be text (not images)
  • Charts should be sent as Excel files, when possible.

Author’s Biographical Information

Authors should submit biographical information, including title or professional discipline, company name, office location, and company headquarters.

Professional or educational degrees, titles, and certifications are not included in the biographical information, which appears at the end of the article.

References & Footnotes

Footnotes are not used throughout articles. A list of references can be included at the end of the article, depending on space available. These reference lists should follow these guidelines: