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Authors' Guidelines

If you've got an idea for an article relating to motorcycles in general (and Yamaha Stars in particular), StarCruiser E-zine would like to hear from you. Please write a brief, informal summary of your article idea and send it via e-mail to the editor. StarCruiser does accept complete, unsolicited manuscripts from ISRA members and other people interested in our membership. However, before writing an article, you should visit the StarCruiser search page to make sure that an article on your subject has not already been published here.

The "Content" section of this guideline will help you to determine whether your idea is in keeping with the goals of StarCruiser. The sections marked "Style" and "Manuscript Preparation" will help with the actual preparation of your article. Please read the "Copyright" section before sending your article to the E-zine.

Content and Editing
StarCruiser publishes articles of interest to members of the International Star Riders Association, which includes riders, vendors, and others involved with Yamaha Stars. It provides practical examples and applications. The purpose of StarCruiser is to inform, share information and ideas, and promote the brotherhood of our organization by describing road trips, inviting members to gatherings, and sharing personal experiences with motorcycling. You should write your article in a clear, informal style, avoiding jargon and acronyms. Assume that the average reader of StarCruiser is not a "wrench" but a layperson who enjoys motorcycle riding. We urge you to send illustrations and photographs with your submitted article.

Once we receive your submitted article, members of the ISRA council will review it, and the editor of the E-zine may edit it for grammar and mechanics. Once your article has been accepted, you will get the chance to review it before it is published.

Article Preparation
Length

StarCruiser publishes articles of all lengths. However, it's best to write just as much as necessary to cover your subject. The editor reserves the right to edit an article--to condense or expand material--as appropriate.

Some writers feel more comfortable writing toward a target length. For StarCruiser, a good target length is 1,000 to 2,000 words.

Formatting Text

Authors should put the title of the article in boldface at the top of the first page. The next line should contain the name of the author(s), and their ISRA membership numbers (if they are members), and email addresses (if email contact is desired). The body of the text should begin on the next line.

Sub-heads within an article should be in boldface. It is not necessary to use multiple fonts or columns when formatting your article. Use a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, a text editor, such as Notepad, or an HTML editor to compose your article. We will accept articles in the following formats: *.doc, *.rtf, *.txt, and *.html.

Formatting Graphics

Graphics should be appropriate for presentation on the Web. Therefore, they should be low-resolution (typically 72 dots per inch). However, we are happy to format graphics for you to make them fit our E-zine template. We will accept graphics in the following formats: *.jpg, *.gif, *.tif, *.png, *.eps, and *.bmp.

Article Submission
The easiest way to submit an article to StarCruiser is via e-mail. If possible, zip your article and any accompanying graphics into a *.zip file and attach it to an e-mail addressed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If this is not technically possible, please contact the editor to discuss alternatives for submitting your article.

Biography
We encourage you to include a brief (50-word) biography about you. Include this information only if you wish it to appear in the E-zine.

Copyrights

The International Star Riders Association holds the copyright on all material first published in StarCruiser. If you wish to republish an article that was first published in StarCruiser, simply request permission from the editor.

 
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