Once you've reviewed these guidelines, contact us to become a contributor. You have the choice to submit articles on a regular cadence or you can submit whenever you feel inspired. Contributors are encouraged to subscribe to Future of Sourcing's email newsletter, which is delivered to readers twice a month.
Who reads Future of Sourcing?
Future of Sourcing readers are professionals in sourcing, procurement, risk, supply chain, outsourcing and related industries from Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies. As a B2B resource for this community, our content is aimed toward professionals seeking insights into how to maximize their efforts in the business world, rather than consumers. Our core audience trends toward mid- to high-level managers or decision-makers who are looking for new ways to positively impact the business with ideas and strategies that go above and beyond what their peers might already be doing.
Our readers generally possess more than a basic understanding of sourcing and procurement. They want innovative ideas, strategic thinking, and tested approaches (both the good and the bad) with demonstrated success metrics, when possible.
If your article has been submitted to or has run on other sites or publications, please let us know — we will not repost content.
Content must be non-promotional and vendor neutral in nature.
The ideal article length is between 700 and 1,200 words.
Minimize the use of questions and only include bulleted lists in the context of a composed article. Pieces formatted in the style of a list, such as “10 Reasons Why …” or “5 Things to Know About…” are acceptable, but each item must be detailed in sentence form.
Avoid the use of footnotes - all links must be embedded in the text.
All submissions must include a high-resolution image of the author’s headshot as well as a short bio that is 100 words or less.
Future of Sourcing uses the AP Style Guide for the most part. If you have any questions about style, please feel free to ask.
Your post should have a succinct, clearly worded title that does not include various forms of punctuation.
Use headers to break up large chunks of text and be mindful of using more than four to five sentences in a paragraph.
Links and Attribution
Posts may not link to an outbound lead generating webpage unless there is a paid sponsored content agreement in effect. If you’d like the Future of Sourcing community to access your company’s research, we can add it to our SIG Resource Center or you can provide an un-gated link.
External links are required when citing research, but the research must not be gated or promotional content. If it is gated, then it must be cited with the year the research was published (e.g., Deloitte CPO Survey, 2018). Linking to external content is allowed when contextually appropriate (e.g., linking to a news article).
Graphics or charts must contribute to the content of the article to faciliate better understanding - we will not incorporate stock images within an article that do not enhance the content.
Images must be royalty free and all images must be properly sourced.
Future of Sourcing reserves the right to final approval of any images.
Charts and graphs that include blurred text or images will not be accepted.
How to Contribute
Before submitting, take a look at our content, which highlights some of the topics we are currently most interested in. If you have an idea that does not appear on our site, feel free to reach out to our team to discuss it. Reviewing our articles will help you to get a sense of our tone and structure, and to see what issues we have recently covered.
We work well in advance of any given publication date, so a general rule of thumb is you should query us about a story three to four weeks prior to the date you wish it to appear.