JCR Writers Guidelines

General guidelines

The JCR is always looking for well-researched, well-reasoned articles on topics touching on the various aspects of the profession. Articles may be based on the personal experience of the author or may involve research into a topic. Articles that offer a personal opinion or a certain perspective on a topic may be submitted for the “Viewpoint” or “Food for Thought” sections of the magazine.

Articles may be submitted by mail or by e-mail. Soft copy is preferred.

The JCR welcomes articles from many perspectives. The opinions expressed in articles are those of the author unless they are specifically identified as NCRA policy. The JCR Editor may edit submissions for space, clarity, appropriateness, and style in accordance with generally accepted editing principles. The JCR reserves the right to reject material that is inappropriate or to avoid duplication with other submissions.

If the JCR agrees to publish an article, the author will need to release some rights to the publisher.

For additional information on JCR Style Guidelines, visit JCR Manuscript Guidelines.


Letters to the Editor

The "Letters to the Editor" section of the magazine is meant to facilitate free and civil debate among the readers of the magazine. If you have comments you would like to make about topics in these pages or issues you feel are important to the community of members, please send your Letter to the Editor to JCR Editor Jacqueline Schmidt, NCRA, 12030 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 400, Reston, Virginia 20191 or by e-mail to jschmidt@ncrahq.org.

We will strive to publish as many letters as possible in the pages of the JCR itself. Should we receive more letters than there is space to publish within the pages of the magazine, a representative sample of comments received will appear in print and a fuller presentation will be published online. (Space available in the printed version of the JCR for letters is limited not only by the number of letters received but also by the volume of other materials in the remainder of the magazine.)

There may be occasions when we are unable to publish a letter to the editor or must insist that the author edit its content, but this is never a matter that we take lightly. We encourage vigorous debate and the presentation of a diversity of points of view but cannot permit the publication of materials that create exposure to potential legal liability for the author, NCRA and/or the JCR. Items that may trigger increased scrutiny include (but are not limited to) discussion of rates, calling for boycotts, making libelous statements, and other  maters prohibited under antitrust, libel, or other governing laws. In these cases, there may be a need to restructure a letter, and the editor would be happy to give guidance on how to do so.

Statements of fact and opinion contained in letters to the editor (in print or online) and within the editorial content of the magazine are and will remain solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily express the opinion or endorsement of NCRA or anyone connected with NCRA.


Earning CEUs for articles

In some cases, you may earn continuing education units for writing an article that is published in the JCR. To earn CEUs, there are two requirements:

  1. The article must be primarily based on the author's research rather than his or her opinions or personal experiences.
  2. You must submit a thorough outline detailing the article you plan to write.

If you do not complete these two steps, you will not be eligible to receive CEUs.

(You can also receive CEUs if you write a test to go along with your article or based on another article.)

Opinion pieces, such as for “Viewpoint” or “Food for Thought” and letters to the editor may not be submitted for CEUs.