Benefits of writing for
ECOTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design
Worldwide Exposure and Recognition
Obviously the Web reaches a worldwide audience, and Ecotecture: The Online Journal of Ecological Design, will remain at or near the top of many search engines' lists of ecological design and related sites. What may be less obvious, however, is that because Ecotecture publishes selected articles only (see below), being an Ecotecture author automatically qualifies you as an expert in your field for both our professional and lay audiences. Like any other "scholarly" journal , we set standards of accuracy, originality, quality and relevance for our publications, and being accepted as an Ecotecture author means that our audience knows your work has met those standards.
The benefits of such recognition can range from invitations to speak, attend conferences or be part of a design think tank to commercial design commissions from individuals, businesses or governments. Even if potential employers don't find you directly through Ecotecture's web site, your articles or images can serve as an online portfolio to which you can direct interested parties.
Ecotecture's editor and publisher Philip S. Wenz is the author of a nationally available book and a teacher in the ecological design field. As the Founder and former Director of the Ecological Design Program at the San Francisco Institute of Architecture and the creator and teacher of the Principles of Ecological Design survey course offered there, he is uniquely qualified to edit the broad based, multi-topic magazine Ecotecture.
Mr. Wenz sees his primary role as "developmental editing," deciding what goes into the magazine and determining its long-range policy and goals. Additionally, he is the current copy editor, reading each submission and helping its author create the best possible presentation. As a contributor, then, you will have the benefit of working with Mr. Wenz to create a truly professional article.
Certain articles are highly specialized or technical in nature. As a generalist, Mr. Wenz recognizes that he cannot be familiar with all aspects of ecological design. When technical articles of interest to Ecotecture's readers are submitted, they are sent to outside experts for evaluation. (Note: A negative evaluation of the opinions expressed in your article by an outside expert does not mean that it will not be published. We accept a wide variety of opinions. Your article may, however, be published with an accompanying "critique," an editorial disclaimer or both.)
Increased Ecotecture Publications Proceeds
If you create a instructional work for Ecotecture Publications, your royalty percentage automatically will be increased if you also contribute articles or images to the Journal. This policy encourages authors to share some of their information with the design community at no charge through the Journal. It also doubly benefits the authors. Not only do they receive higher royalties, publication in the Journal will increase the author's exposure to our readers and, therefore, enhance the sale of their for-profit publications.
Free Download Key
Journal authors will be given free download keys to all of Ecotecture Publication's instructional materials, including on-line courses. Over time, these materials will become a very valuable addition to any designer or researcher's library.
Possible Future Payments
Most journal articles will remain as free resources in Ecotecture's Library indefinitely. Certain articles, however, may, after a period of several months, be removed from the free archive and offered as a for-profit download through Ecotecture Publications. Such "converted" articles will be selected on the basis of their outstanding instructional value or other important benefits to our readers.
Converted articles may be sold individually or in collections of related articles, as adjuncts to other instructional materials and so on. When a previously free journal article is offered for profit, it will be treated like any other Ecotecture Publication, with pre-agreed royalties paid to the author by the publisher as they are accrued.