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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • PREVIOUS PUBLICATION: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • PLAGIARISM: The text is, to the author's best knowledge, not taken in whole or in part, without citation, from another work. Nor does the article contain claims that, to the best of the author's knowledge, are protected by another individual's or organization's intellectual property.
  • REFERENCE LINKS: Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • STYLE: The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The author has only used a single return, rather than a double return with an empty line between paragraphs. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (at the bottom of the Submissions page and reachable via the menu) and is, to the best of the author's knowledge, free of typographic or major grammatical errors.
  • SOFTWARE: The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or an RTF document file format.

Author Guidelines

Accuracy, transparency, simplicity, brevity and focus are the key to a successful Ham Journal article.

  1. Articles should first and foremost solve a problem. They should offer a superior solution to doing 'something' whether that be building, connecting, repairing, combining, debugging, installing, or even purchasing. Authors will tell us: "how can we do 'this' better?"
    • The best way to begin thinking about, and actually writing an article for Ham Journal is with either a question or statement exposing the problem that is being solved, addressed, questioned or investigated, e.g. "Three methods for determining the conductivity of a specific soil," or "Is there proof that the elevation of the transmission point affects the DX reach of a signal?" 
  2. Articles should ideally cover one specific problem, idea, theory or other. Articles should never attempt to make several points simultaneously. If that is the case, authors are encouraged to publish separate articles.
  3. To the greatest degree possible, the article must be based on data, evidence, or a reproductible experiment.
  4. Any and all disclosures regarding any process or input to the article should be made. If, for instance, an author is a staff member of a company whose product may be mentioned in the article, said conflict should be stated. Note that a conflict, if stated, is not a disqualifier for the article's acceptance.
  5. Articles do not need to be complex to be accepted, to the contrary, they must be clear and concise with an emphasis on the point being made.
  6. As with simplicity, articles should only be as long as they need to be to make the point. We do accept long articles, but there should be a good reason for the length.

Note that Ham Journal submissions are reviewed anonymously; the author's identity does not appear to the reviewer. Similarly, the author will not know the identity of the reviewers.

Note that reviewers have four weeks to decide whether they will review the article and are given four more weeks to review it.


Articles are the core of Ham Journal. They are peer-reviewed, well thought out and researched presentations of evidence-based theories, experiments and constructs.


Ham Journal is happy to be a conduit for thoughtful editorials whose vision bring a positive contribution to amateur radio. Unlike Ham Journal articles that require rigorous scientific or technical validity, Ham Journal editorials are meant to be a conduit for thought-provoking discourse. Authors are invited to provide guidance, insight, advice on how to improve or otherwise shift a position or approach. However, much like Ham Journal articles, editorials are subject to peer-review to ensure that they, despite being opinions, contribute to amateur radio in a constructive manner.

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