We are always keen to hear from readers of Supply Management and receive feedback about the magazine, our website and the wider procurement profession. If you would like to get more involved with contributing to SM, here are some of the ways you can...
To suggest a news story, or to put yourself forward as a source of comment, contact Adam Leach.
Features are planned, commissioned and subsequently edited and designed well ahead of the publication date. So, if you are interested in putting forward individuals or companies for comment, and/or writing something for one of our upcoming articles, it is advisable to contact us around two to three months ahead of the publication date.
If you are interested in writing for us, Supply Management feature articles are usually 600, 1,100, 1,500 or 2,200 words in length. They need to be of interest and/or practical use to our readers, and must be clear and concise without sales content.
In addition to procurement-specific features, we are interested in covering continuous professional development, skills development, career development or the latest thinking from procurement and supply chain academia.
Supply Management reserves the right to edit submitted work and to determine how it is best presented.
If you have a proposal for a feature, please send a short summary to Rebecca Ellinor
You can also look at our list of upcoming features here.
Would you like to share your views on procurement issues? Join the SM100 and have your say. SM is looking for purchasing and supply chain professionals to take part in fortnightly polls which will be featured in the magazine. People from all levels are welcome, from junior buyers to chief procurement officers, and from both the private and public sectors.
Those interested will become part of the SM100 and be asked a simple "yes/no" question by e-mail every two weeks on a topical issue. SM will maintain anonymity for those not wishing to be identified. For those wishing to be named, there will be the opportunity to be quoted on some issues. This is a chance to have your views reflected in Supply Management - and it will take only 30 seconds.
If you are interested in joining the SM100 panel, please email Adam Leach with 'SM100' in the subject field.
Supply Management now has a stakeholder page in the magazine in which we run a comment piece from an internal customer of one of our readers. The idea is that they give their perspective to help readers improve the relationships and interaction they have with their stakeholders.
Past columnists have imparted advice about how they like the relationship with procurement to work and their experience of it including individuals in marketing at Monarch airlines and infrastructure at GE.
Do you have any internal customers you have a particularly strong relationship with who you think would be able to impart around 600 words of advice?
Contact Rebecca Ellinor
If you are interested in doing a one-off or series of guest blogs on the SM website, please email Paul Snell saying what you would like to write about and why you think it will interest our audience of procurement and supply chain professionals.
Blogs are around 200-400 words in length and should include relevant links to points of interest, reference or further discussion. If you would like to be a regular blogger you would need to commit to doing at least one a month and supply a head and shoulders photograph (see image spec details at the bottom of this page).
Blogs must not contain any advertising content for your organisation.
Current regular guest bloggers are president of consultancy Purchasing Practice Dave Henshall, Action Sustainability's Shaun McCarthy and Chris Atkins who is writing a 'diary of an MBA'.
If you have a proposal for our opinion slot 'soapbox', please contact editor Rebecca Ellinor. Soapbox's are 400 words in length and require a colour photograph of the author to accompany them.
Letters and feedback
To submit a letter for publication in the magazine email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supply Management runs monthly webinars on a range of subjects - past presentations have included a look at procurement outsourcing, working with marketing, procure-to-pay and risk. Speakers just need access to a phone and computer to participate and will be asked to prepare a short biography and a handful of PowerPoint slides in advance to accompany a 10-minute presentation.
If you have expertise on a given subject ad would like to be considered for one of these slots, contact Rebecca Ellinor.
Are you a CPO or a senior procurement professional? Got some pearls of wisdom to share with up-and-coming buyers? If so, we like your tips and advice for our careers page. Put yourself forward, nominate a colleague, or find out more by emailing Adam Leach.
Perhaps you're changing jobs - tell us about your new role for our 'on the move' section by emailing Adam Leach.
Do you need some advice on a procurement and supply chain or work-related matter? Why not email us to get some free advice from your peers. If you have a question for our advisers please email Lorna Blackwood.
Are you a procurement specialist or a category expert? And are you keen to share that knowledge with other Supply Management readers? We are looking for professionals to join our adviser panel, to answer a range of questions submitted by readers.
E-mail Lorna Blackwood, listing your areas of expertise to get involved. Click here to see the latest adviser Q&A.
To suggest a book or other product for review, or if you are interested in joining our panel of reviewers, contact Paul Snell.
If you have a proposal for a law article, or would just like to see a specific issue addressed, contact Paul Snell.
Articles on the students page contains views from those studying, advice on exams and more. If you would like to propose an article for this page, please contact Paul Snell.
To make a suggestion for the institutes own news pages email Lorna Blackwood.
To make a suggestion for our humorous diary page, please email Kathryn Manning.
'HOW TO' GUIDES
Supply Management produces a number of supplementary guides for readers. These have so far included a Guide to Collaborative Working, a Guide to Strategic Sourcing, Guide to Contract Management and a Guide to Supplier Appraisal.
If you missed these manuals and would like a copy (which cost £5) contact: email@example.com
If you have an idea for a future guide and would like to support editorial content or commercial backing, contact Anna Scott.
If you are planning to submit a photograph of yourself to accompany something for publication, you may find the following hints useful ...
If you have a digital camera, press the settings button and check the following options:
* Image size - ensure that the image size is set the maximum.
* DPI ('dots per inch') - this should be at 300dpi rather than 72dpi. This will produce the best quality for print usage.
* The subject's shoulders should both be fully in shot.