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How to Submit Materials

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The Editorial Board of ORB welcomes article proposals from writers with academic credentials. If you think you may be interested in submitting a proposal, please review the ORB Proposal Form. If you find the conditions satisfactory, retrieve the form and fill it out. After you have done so, email it to theeditor@the-orb.net. Shortly after it is received, it will be presented to two members of the Editorial Board who will referee your proposal. If the editors disagree on whether or not your proposal should be accepted, it will be sent to a third. After the review process, the General Editor will inform you of the referees' decision.

If your proposal is accepted, the process of getting your article fully integrated into the encyclopedia begins. The procedure involves five steps.

  • Authors will complete their proposed article(s). (Please see Some Guidelines for Articles for information on length, format, etc.) While you are busy writing your article, a place will be reserved in the Title Index for your title. Though your title will appear in the index, it will not be linked. Its place there is to inform other prospective authors that your particular topic is already taken. For first-time authors, the author's biography will be added to the Contributors' Index at this time.
  • When you have finished your article, you will mail it totheeditor@the-orb.net where it will be proofread (for grammar, spelling,and style) and corrected, if necessary. In addition, your article will be converted into HTML format according to ORB's style and layout, and initial links will be added.
  • The HTML version of the article will then be mailed to the person who will be maintaining the article. We prefer that this person be the author, but this is not necessary. (The Editorial Board will find someone to maintain your article in the event that you do not wish to maintain it yourself.)
  • Once the file is in place and has been tested by the person maintaining the article, he/she will send the URL (the Uniform Resource Locator, or, more simply, the internet address) to theeditor@the-orb.net. If everything is working well, the Title Index will be updated to reflect the new link. The author's biography in the Contributors' Index will be updated with the new link as well.
  • Finally, an announcement of the new article along with its address will be added to the What's New page. Those who maintain files for ORB will update existing articles to reflect the new links.

ORB authors agree to the following:

  • That the article will be formatted according to the standard layout of ORB;
  • That the article will be updated on a regular (monthly) basis to reflect new links;
  • That the author will retain the copyright under the following rubric: Copyright (C) 1995, Author Name. This file may be copied on the condition that the entire contents, including the header and this copyright notice, remain intact.
If you have any questions or concerns that have not been addressed in this file, please email them to theeditor@the-orb.net.

Copyright (C) 1995, Carolyn P. Schriber. This file may be copied on the condition that the entire contents,including the header and this copyright notice, remain intact.

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