Article Submission and Manuscript Guidelines

Checklist for manuscript submission to The ITEA Journal

Please check your manuscript for these items to avoid publishing delays and expenditures for the International Test and Evaluation Association. For complete information see The ITEA Journal Manuscript Guidelines below.

  1. Copyright signed (if needed) and ready to include with manuscript
  2. Clearance statement provided
  3. Manuscript submitted in MS Word
  4. Acronyms are spelled out at first use
  5. Graphics are 300 dpi or better and at least 3” in width
  6. Figures are numbered and have descriptive captions
  7. Figures are called out in text in numerical order
  8. Authors’ short bios are included
  9. References and endnotes have all necessary elements
  10. Email and mailing addresses* for all authors provided



Thank you for considering The ITEA Journal for your work.  Please use these guidelines to facilitate publication of your article.

The International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) invites both members and nonmembers to submit manuscripts to the editor for publication in The ITEA Journal. Papers within the full range of subjects of interest to the test and evaluation community are welcome. Submission of a paper will be taken to imply that it represents original work not previously published. All papers are reviewed for originality, depth of treatment, significance, organization, interest, and clarity before acceptance for publication. Papers must be objective and completely free of advertising and commercialism.  Avoid use of company and product names if possible

The author is responsible for submitting original work and for the accuracy of all material provided. It is the author’s responsibility to inform ITEA if an article has been published previously or is being considered by another publication. ITEA reserves the right to copyright all published material. This does not prevent an author from republishing the material, provided proper copyright credit is given to The ITEA Journal. A copyright agreement is sent to each author prior to publication. An exception to this copyright procedure is the case of articles authored by government officials on government time; such articles are not subject to U.S. copyright protection.

Responsibility for government or employer clearance of articles, if required, lies with the author, prior to submission to The International Test and Evaluation Journal. A copy of the clearance statement should be furnished with the article.


  • Length. Typical articles run from four to eight journal pages in length (inclusive of graphics, references, biographies and endnotes); 2,400 to 4,800 words is a guide, with 4,800 words being the limit.
  • Abstract. Text should be preceded by an abstract (usually 50 to 150 words), summarizing the principal points in the paper. Articles for Departments (Historical Perspectives, In the Beltway, etc.) do not require an abstract.
  • Biographical Sketch. A short biographical sketch (one paragraph of 100 words or less) of each author is required. Please include highlights such as education, present employment, experience, recognition received for accomplishments, and professional society membership.
  • Format.  Manuscripts must be supplied in electronic formats. Each figure or chart must be provided as separate files, one file per figure—TEXT-EMBEDDED GRAPHICS AND TABLES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED. Preferred electronic format for text is Microsoft Word
  • Graphics. Authors are encouraged to provide photographs, illustrations, line art, and figures to enhance an article. All figures should be numbered with consecutive Arabic numerals, have descriptive captions at the bottom, and be mentioned in the text in numerical order.  Keep figures separate from the text and provide a separate list of captions. Please submit graphics as JPEG, TIFF or EPS with 300 dpi and a minimum width of 3” for photo images and 600 dpi with a minimum width of 3” for line art. Text-embedded graphics cannot be accepted.
  • Tables. Tables must be submitted in Excel or MS Word. Text-embedded tables cannot be accepted.
  • Equations and Mathematical Formulas.  Equations and mathematical formulas must be submitted in MS Word or Excel.  Articles should contain a complete table of symbols and their definitions.


  • Policy. ITEA reserves the right to edit all articles for consistency, clarity, length, and style. Manuscripts will be edited to conform generally to The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition. The author should avoid the use of first person pronouns, keep paragraphs short, and avoid using sexist language.
  • Capitalization/Acronym Usage. The ITEA Journal adheres to a down style and avoids capitalization wherever possible. If an organization or program must be referred to formally, use a generic reference in second and subsequent references to avoid complicated acronyms, which may not be understood by everyone and detract from readability. When acronyms are used please always spell out at first mention, for example, Department of Defense (DoD) but the acronym can be used alone in subsequent use - DoD.


In-text References. The ITEA Journal uses the author-date system as described in The Chicago Manual of Style. Follow these examples:

Dunar, A. J., and S. P. Waring. 1999. Power to explore: A history of Marshall Space Flight Center,
1960–1990. NASA SP-4313. Washington, D.C.: NASA History Office.

Kamrany, Nake M., and Richard H. Day, eds. 1980. Economic issues of the eighties. Baltimore: Johns
Hopkins University Press.

Article in book:
Wiese, Andrew. 2006. “The house I live in”: Race, class, and African American suburban dreams in the postwar United States. In The new suburban history, ed. Kevin M. Kruse and Thomas J. Sugrue, 99–119. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Journal article:
Boehm, B. D., and W. J. Hansen. 2001. The spiral model as a tool for evolutionary acquisitions. Crosstalk: The Journal of Defense Software Engineering 14 (5): 4–10.

Johnsen, Frederick A. 2008. Testing on the fly: World War I field combat expedients that kept aircraft in combat. The ITEA Journal 29 (2):132–134.

Government publication:
U.S. Congress. House of Representatives. Committee on Public Law 81-415. 1949b. The Unitary Wind Tunnel Plan Act of 1949 and the Air Engineering Development Act of 1949. 81st Cong., First  sess. H. Rep. 1451.

Conference/Symposium Proceedings:
Ahmed, Khalil M., Nagwa M. El-Makky, and Yousry Taha. 1998. Effective data mining: A data warehouse-backboned architecture. In Proceedings CASCON ’98 Conference, November 30–December 3, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ed. A. H. Brush and G. A. Clark, 34–46. Armonk, NY: IBM Press.

Dissertation / Thesis:
Chambers, B. June 2002. The grid roofnet: A rooftop ad hoc wireless network. Master’s thesis, MIT.

In press:
Johnsen, Frederick A. In press. Testing on the fly: World War I field combat expedients that kept aircraft in combat. The ITEA Journal.

DISA Chief Technology Officer (CTO). January 2007. Concept of operations (CONOPS) for a federated development and certification environment to deploy net-centric capabilities to the Global Information Grid. Draft, version 2.0.

Kass, R. A. 2006. The logic of warfighting experiments. Washington, D.C.: Command and Control Research Program (CCRP) of the Assistant Secretary of Defense and Information Integration (ASD/NII). (accessed June 10, 2008).

VITA. 2008. VPX and REDI specifications. Fountain Hills, Arizona: VITA. (accessed June 6, 2008).

Endnotes. The ITEA Journal uses endnotes rather than footnotes. The chief differences between an endnote and a bibliographic entry are that, in an endnote, the author’s name is not reversed as it is in an alphabetically arranged bibliography, and punctuation between author’s name, title of the work, and facts of publication consists of commas and parentheses rather than periods, as in these examples:

1. Richard Gross, “Military Strategies Reassessed,” Aerospace and Defense Science, October 1990, 52–53.
2. Jay W. Schwartz and Kenneth D. Shere, “A Real-Time Sensor System and Simulation Tool,” The ITEA Journal 13, no. 1, (March 1992):42.

Please Note: References containing incomplete endnote or bibliographic information will be edited out of manuscript.

Following publication, two complimentary copies of The ITEA Journal issue that contains the manuscript are sent to the author. Authors are asked to provide an email address and a mailing address with manuscript submission. Manuscripts sent by disk and accepted for publication, including all associated artwork and/or illustrations, will not be returned unless specifically requested by the author. If returned, manuscripts and artwork will be in the condition that has resulted from the work of the editor and printer.

All material submitted for publication should be sent to:

Via E-Mail: Dr. Steve Gordon, Editor, The ITEA Journal, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Via Regular Mail: The ITEA Journal, ATTN: Dr. Steve Gordon, 4400 Fair Lakes Court, Suite 104, Fairfax, Virginia 22033-3899

Via Fax: Dr. Steve Gordon, The ITEA Journal, fax: (703) 631-6221.

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