Journal - American Water Works Association

Journal AWWA Nonpeer-review Submissions

(Updated Aug. 20, 2015)

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General-interest features are not peer-reviewed and are designed to address issues of interest and concern to water utilities. Such articles must be educational and informative in nature. They are submitted to and reviewed by the Journal AWWA editor-in-chief, but a subject expert may be consulted if warranted. 

Articles are expected to be reflective of the Journal AWWA’s long-term commitment to providing high-quality information to water professionals. An abstract or short outline describing the content of the proposed submission should be emailed to the attention of the Journal AWWA editor-in-chief.


Articles should be submitted approximately 3.5 months ahead of the issue date. For example, to have an article published in the June issue, final copy must be submitted by February 15, by March 15 for July, by April 15 for August, and so on.

Product or Service Names

Although Journal AWWA accepts paid advertising, promotional material/content is not accepted for publication as editorial content in the Journal AWWA. Articles should be educational in nature and should provide information and data of benefit to Journal AWWA readers. Articles should be written from the user’s point of view and should not contain customer testimonials supplied by a manufacturer; unless they appear in a paid advertisement, product testimonials are not acceptable for publication in Journal AWWA.

A product or service name can be used one time in nonpeer-reviewed articles and columns or departments; it may not be repeated numerous times throughout the text. After the first appearance of the product name or service or company name, a generic term should be used (for example, Lamella separator is the brand name; the generic term would be “inclined plate separator”; the Excellent Consultants LLC would be “the consultant”).

Word Count

The word count for nonpeer-reviewed articles ranges from 1,500 to 7,000 words. This wide range is allowed in order to accommodate a multitude of topics; some can be adequately explained in two to three published pages, but others may need up to 10 pages in order to provide the appropriate detail to facilitate reader understanding.


Articles should be prepared in Word using 12-point type. Follow the same guidelines for “Text” and “References” provided in the “Peer-Reviewed Manuscript Formatting Guidelines” section.

Tables and Figures

  • Tables and figures may be embedded in the Word document that is submitted.
  • Tables and figures are not required but may be included to illustrate the points being described in the article.
  • It is preferable to have visually interesting, quick-read figures such as simple pie or bar charts rather than complicated, data-heavy line graphs.
  • The article may not contain more than a combined total of 8 figures and tables.
  • Figures and tables should stand alone; i.e., the reader should be able to interpret the figure or table without referring to the text.
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out in footnotes below the figure or table.
  • When an article is accepted for publication, Journal AWWA requires submission of the original source files used to create the graphics. Source files offer optimal translation into press-ready file formats. Examples of common graphics source files are .xls, .ppt, .eps, .ai, .psd, and .svg.

Photos or Other Images

Photos or other images (e.g., computer screenshots, PDF of an educational poster) to accompany the text should be included. Photos should be

  • color
  • saved as a jpg or tif file
  • high resolution (the equivalent of 300 ppi [pixels per in.] at a 4-in. × 5-in. size or larger)
  • in separate files (not embedded in the text)

Include detailed information for each photo that can be used to write an informative and interesting photo caption, or provide a detailed, completed caption when the photo is submitted.


All endnotes should be numbered sequentially and be placed after the references section. Do not use the “footnote” and/or “endnote” function in Word to link footnote references to the text.

Author Information

Biography. A short biography will be requested from the author prior to publication.

Author photograph. A photo of the first author will be requested prior to publication. (The “first author” is the one whose name is listed first if there are multiple authors.) The photo should be in color and should be long enough to include the chest and wide enough to include the shoulders. Photo should be:

  • saved as a jpg or tif file
  • high resolution (the equivalent of 300 ppi [pixels per in.] at a 1½ × 2 in. size or larger)
  • in separate files (not embedded in the text)
  • Affiliations and addresses. Authors will be asked to fill out a separate form to provide all authors’ affiliations and addresses.
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