The Online Journal of the American Lunar Society

Writer’s Guidelines

We consider all genres of writing that have lunar studies as their focus. Poetry and fiction are acceptable although fiction must be anchored in solid fact about the moon. Solid science and personal experience narratives are the most frequently published genres. Science articles are subject to peer revue.

Length: maximum 12800 words. Shorter articles have a stronger chance of being accepted since they are easier to fit within an issue. Still, each issue has at least one longer article.

Format: Any generally accepted style (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.) is acceptable. We attempt to keep the article in the style chosen by the author. Most of our authors use the APA style—although, in my opinion, APA manuals are such a jumble of random inclusions that they are almost unusable [personal rant].

Font: Times New Roman. 12pt.

Spacing: Single-spacing is preferred on electronic submissions. All others should be double-spaced. Single-space between sentences and after colons.

References: Use endnotes. References to electronic media must include the URL and the last date the URL was accessed.

Tables and figures: These should not be included in the body of the text. For example, in the text double-space then type “Table 1” then double-space and continue with the text. Tables and figures should be included at the end of the manuscript if it is hardcopy and as separate attachments if the submission is electronic. Any type should be a minimum of 12pt and any lines must be easily visible. All tables and figures must be grayscale or black and white. Labels should be provided for each table or figure (as a separate attachment in electronic submissions).

Supported software: We can open PC files in Adobe CS2, Adobe Illustrator, Quark Express, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, and images in psd, jpg, tiff, bmp, gif. We can work with Mac although (unfortunately because Macs are better machines and generally better software than PC’s and Microsoft) it is a headache to transfer the material to PC format (which our printer requires)—so, if possible, please do this for us. All other file types should be included in the body of the email and not as an attachment. If you have questions, email me at:

Referring to the moon: “moon” is not capitalized unless it begins a sentence. Luna is the name of the moon.

A very short author’s bio and photograph would be appreciated.

How to submit an article for consideration:


hard copy: (include a SASE if you want the manuscript returned)

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