Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Rensselaer magazine. If you are interested in submitting content or photography to the magazine, it must adhere to the following guidelines.

Photo Submission Guidelines

We welcome your photo submissions. All images should be a minimum 300 dpi. Submit only high-resolution, original photos as JPEGs or TIFFs. (Please note: Increasing the resolution of a previously saved file will not increase the image quality).

Please include any required photographer credit. Identify everyone in the photo by name and class year and include the date, place, and any other pertinent details about the photo.

We will not accept photos that have been altered in any way including with Instagram filters or images that have been altered in Photoshop.

By submitting your photo to us, you understand that we may use it in the printed magazine, online, and/or on the Rensselaer social media pages.

Editorial Submission Guidelines

We welcome feature article ideas and essays for our One Last Thing column. Read the magazine to make sure we cover the topic you have in mind and to see our story format. You may also research back issues online to make sure we haven’t recently covered the topic you have in mind. All stories must have a Rensselaer connection. We reserve the right to accept or reject a specific query based upon quality, appropriateness, and editorial needs.

Feature Articles:

We typically assign feature articles to writers on staff, writers within the campus community, or freelancers. For feature articles, write a brief pitch telling us why the idea is different, newsworthy, and interesting for our readers. Submit your idea in a query letter no more than 1 page. If you have published writing samples, please mention your most relevant writing credits and include 2 or 3 samples of your work.

General Content Ideas:

If you would like to suggest a topic or idea for any part of the magazine including feature articles, please send it to alum_mag@rpi.edu. 

One Last Thing:

If you would like to submit content for One Last Thing, please send an essay of 700 to 750 words. This column is published twice a year and features new perspectives from students, faculty, and researchers on a broad range of topics from pedagogy and campus life to research and global challenges.

There are many factors that go into our decision to publish or not. Relevance and timeliness are important, as well as the quality of writing and the depth of thinking.

We welcome submissions of opinion articles for One Last Thing. Submissions must be exclusive to us and are unlikely to be accepted if they are longer than 750 words. Please do not submit articles that have been published elsewhere in print or online.

General Editorial Guidance:

We adhere to AP style guidelines. Writing should be in a narrative tone, intelligent but conversational.

Quote and Sources:

If your submission includes quotes, they must be accurately sourced and the subject of the quote should add to the content and not feel out of place for the submission or the magazine.

If you are citing statistics, facts from third parties, etc., please include a list of your sources along with your submission.

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