Journal of Insurance Fraud in America

Author guidelines

Thank you for your interest in writing an article for the Journal of Insurance Fraud in America. These guidelines will help ensure your article is on-target and tells a compelling story to your readers.

Audiences. JIFA is the nation’s leading publication of executive-level thinking about insurance fraud. JIFA reaches leaders such as senior insurer executives, policymakers and academics. Articles should reflect the strategic needs of management-level readers, rather than how-to topics for practitioners.

Frequency. JIFA is an online-only trend publication. Articles post approx. every 18 days throughout the year.

Topics. JIFA covers diverse leadership topics. Crime trends, research, public policy and other subject areas are encouraged. If you’d like to propose an article, contact the editor to discuss before writing.

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Objectivity. Articles with central themes, viewpoints and clear conclusions are encouraged. However ... avoid pure editorials. Document your talking points with evidence such as fraud cases and data.

Article profile. Articles should contain these elements:

  • Byline. Include your byline at the beginning, exactly as it should appear.
  • Endnotes. Include endnotes to document your talking points. The Chicago Manual of Style provides guidance on cite style.
  • Commercial promotion. Subtle references to commercial products may be fine, though avoid obvious product pitches.
  • Art. Feel free to include charts, photos or other art we can consider.
  • Brief bio. Include a brief bio after your article, 30 words max. Include your name, title and affiliation, plus honors such as designations and volunteer elected offices.
  • Photo portrait. Please provide a high-resolution, color, digital photo of you that we’ll include with your bio. Best is a quality head-and- shoulders photo.

Writing hints.
Write for a national audience. Think big, and ask what anti-fraud leaders around the U.S. should know. Draw national conclusions wherever possible.

  • Consider listing workable solutions to the challenges your article reviews.
  • Avoid a chatty, colloquial style. Writing with personality is fine, but an informal chat around the kitchen table is best for another publication.
  • Include cases, stats and other examples wherever feasible.

Length. Articles can range from 1,500 to 2,000 words (plus endnotes). Longer articles may be edited to reach the listed range.

Submitting articles. Forward your article to editor James Quiggle. You agree that your article and art aren’t copyright-protected.

Review Process. Articles are reviewed by JIFA’s editor and publisher. We’ll return comments and publication decisions to authors within two weeks of receipt.

Editing. We’ll edit for substance and style. Thus we may rewrite articles or ask authors to rewrite. Articles could be delayed or rejected. You’ll have full signoff authority before your article posts. Be sure your article:

  • Covers an insurance-fraud topic; and
  • Reflects the agreed-upon fraud topic.

Questions? Contact James Quiggle at 202-393-7331.