Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is a quarterly magazine, providing a world-class forum for the publication of unique articles on how good architecture can help create great implementations. Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is available as a printed subscription (you can order your own here) and also online here

With Issue #9 almost complete, I'm looking for abstracts and ideas for Issue #10, the theme of which is Composite Applications (applications that aggregate data from multiple sources, mashups, smart client applications, applications that integrate with Office applications, applications built using the CAB/SCSF, etc.).

Writing for the Architecture Journal gives you the opportunity to get your thoughts and ideas in the hands of enterprise, solution and infrastructure architects around the world – that’s a growing number of over 45,000 subscribers! In addition, your article will be localized into multiple languages and distributed at major events and conferences worldwide.

The cut off date for abstracts for the next issue is Sep 18th.  If you are interested in making a submission, here are the details:

How do I make a submission?

To submit an idea for a paper, you are asked to send the following:

-          A 2 – 4 paragraph abstract explaining how your paper fits the theme of the magazine

-          A 1 – 2 paragraph bio

-          A list of previously published articles

Submissions should be made via Email to editors@architecturejournal.net

Each issue of the Architecture Journal follows a theme (for example; integration, workflow, data).  80% of the issue is dedicated to this theme. 20% is reserved for articles that we wish to print, but do not follow the theme. 

We receive many submissions for each issue, so we encourage you to put time and thought into the submission.

When will I know whether my submission is accepted?

After the call for papers has ended, everyone that submits an idea will be notified via Email as to whether their submission was successful or not. 

What happens if my submission is accepted?

If accepted, you’ll have between 4 and 6 weeks to submit two drafts and a final version of your paper.  These dates will be clearly communicated.  Your first draft will be reviewed by an editorial board to ensure it is on message for the magazine.   Your second draft and final version will be subject to both technical and content editing.  You’ll be asked to be available to work with our editors via Email during this process. 

The magazine is generally available in print and online 4 weeks after final drafts are submitted.

What are the guidelines for papers printed in the Architecture Journal?

We recommend that papers are between 3,500 and 4,500 words in length – although we have accepted shorter and longer papers in the past.  The article should be submitted using Microsoft Word.  Diagrams should be submitted in either Microsoft Visio or Microsoft PowerPoint.

Do I still own the work?

Yes.  We ask you to sign a release form that gives Microsoft permission to reprint the article, but ownership of the paper remains with you, the author.

Will I get paid for writing?

We do not currently pay authors for contributing to the Architecture Journal. 

Will I get copies of the magazine as an author?

After printing you’ll be sent 10 copies of the Journal for your own use.  Additional copies can be requested.

Where can I get more information?

Check out this link.