The Survivor:
Submission Guidelines

These guidelines will make it easier for us to produce the Survivor. Please take a moment to read them and ask us if there's anything you don't understand. 




Do Not Format your articles. This means:



Articles should be 1000 words or less and are subject to editing. If substantial edits are required and if time allows, we will give you an opportunity to review and respond to suggested edits.

Text should be submitted via email as an attachment and not inline text (text pasted into the body of an email message). Inline text makes more work for us because the email program will automatically insert paragraph breaks (< or >) after every line, which we then have to manually remove. The paragraph breaks also create lots of little spacing errors which sometimes don't get caught before printing.

Please don't use the return button twice to make a space between paragraphs. Since the page layout program we use automatically makes a space between paragraphs, this is unnecessary and the extra paragraph symbols have to be manually removed. This may look a little funny when you submit it, but the paragraph spacing will be automatically inserted when the article appears in the newsletter.

Please don't do any formatting to your article using the space bar or tab button. For instance, do not format the beginning of paragraphs or indented lists with spaces or the tab button. Again, all formatting is done automatically by the page layout program, so any extra space or tab symbols have to be manually removed. The only exception to this is poems, where we have to see how you want the spacing to appear.



We would like the Survivor to include many more photos and illustrations than it has done in the past, so please send pictures with any articles you write, including trip reports, articles on conservation issues, book reviews and other features. Pictures without articles are welcome, too! Pictures can include photos, maps, line drawings, book covers, even postcards. If you don't have any pictures from that trip or about that place (animal, book, etc.), please tell us who does. Please send as many photos as possible so we can choose which ones to use. All pictures should be accompanied by caption information including what the picture is of and the names of any people in it. Book reviews should include an image of the cover of the book (electronic pictures of book jackets can usually be obtained from the publisher). Pictures taken off the web are not acceptable as they are very low resolution and do not look good in print.



Here are the acceptable photo formats in order of preference:

  1. Digital
  2. Slides
  3. Negatives
  4. Prints

Digital photo images (either taken with a digital camera or regular film processed onto a photo CD) are highly preferred. Slides and negatives work but can only appear in small format. Regular photo prints are least preferable because they don't scan well.


Digital camera images:

If you want a digital image to go on the cover or in larger format in the newsletter, please use the highest resolution setting on your camera - 2048 x 1536 is the minimum resolution for cover photos and full size pictures in the newsletter. Also, for larger pictures, you should use the TIFF compression setting on your camera and not JPEG as there is a significant loss of detail in JPEG images. Here's a general guideline for resolution and picture size:

Resolution Size in Newsletter

2048 x 1536: 9" x 6"
1280 x 960: 6" x 4"
640 x 480; 3 " x 2"


Photo CD images

If you don't have a digital camera, you can have your pictures developed using Kodak's photo CD technology. When you get your film developed, just check the "Photo CD" box and the developer will return your pictures to you in Photo CD format. This is a great format since it easily converts regular photos into digital format. The images on the CD are high resolution and, as such, can appear on the cover or in larger format in the newsletter.


Slides & Negatives

Slides and negatives are more work and lower quality than digital images because they have to be physically dropped off or mailed and then returned, they can only appear as smaller pictures in the newsletter given the limitations of our film scanner, and they often have imperfections from wear and/or scanning which have to be cleaned up in Photoshop. For these reasons, slides and negatives may be bumped in favor of digital images. But they're still better than nothing!


Line Art/Drawings

Line art can either be submitted in digital format, as original artwork or as photocopies. Digital or photocopies are preferred. If you do not have access to a scanner or photocopier, send us the originals and we will scan and return them to you.



Contact our Communications Director, as listed on the contacts page.

Thank you!