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Contribute to IFMA’s FMJ magazine

Facility management and related industry professionals at all levels of their careers are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise with the worldwide FM community by writing an article for IFMA’s FMJ.

IFMA’s official magazine is distributed electronically to IFMA members every other month and print copies are mailed to member and nonmember subscribers.

HOW TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE TO FMJ

  1. Review planned topics for upcoming issues on the editorial calendar.
  2. Email an abstract or brief summary of the proposed article to Bobby Vasquez.
  3. Once your article proposal has been accepted, draft the text following IFMA’s FMJ’s article submission guidelines.
  4. Submit the following materials by the deadline indicated:

Required:

  • Final bylined article (1,500-2,000 words)
  • High resolution author headshot(s) (minimum of 300 dpi)
  • Brief author bio(s) (two to six sentences)
  • Completed article submission release form

Required:

  • Any high-resolution images you would like to suggest to accompany the piece, along with image captions/credits if applicable
  • Suggestions for extra resources (videos, blog posts, podcasts, infographics, white papers, etc.) to accompany the article in the digital magazine (please provide links)

Best practices

  • IFMA’s FMJ is written for busy facility management and workplace professionals and is not a peer-reviewed academic journal — use clear, straightforward language. If applicable, references should be cited as end notes and not within the article text.
  • FMJ is read around the world, so articles should focus on general concepts and globally applicable best practices.
  • Advertorials (articles promoting specific products or services by name) are not accepted.
  • Avoid talking directly to the reader. Avoid writing in first or second person and do not quote yourself or a co-author.

Editorial Calendar

All facility management professionals are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise with the worldwide FM community by writing an article for IFMA’s FMJ magazine. Article submissions are accepted year-round — simply choose a topic from the editorial calendar and follow our article submission guidelines.

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Sustainability
• Building and budgeting a long-term sustainability plan
• What FM can learn from implementing sustainability mandates
• Energy efficiency and fiscal responsibility
• Crafting your O&M plan to meet sustainability goals
• Waste solutions for green goals
• Creating sustainability buy-in from the C-Suite to the ground floor
• Why go green?
• What’s next in green tech?
• Weather or not — weather proofing and preparing for your climate
• The Paris Agreement — what comes next/how to comply/working within its parameters
• Biomimicry

FM & People
• Growing the FM industry
• Benchmarking your career
• What’s next in FM credentialing/education?
• Diversity in the industry: How FM can set the example for others to follow
• Harnessing facility information from your most experienced staff members
• What can NextGen FM expect in their career?
• Developing public awareness of FM
• Communication matters
• Can FM build on the momentum it gained during the pandemic?
• FM’s influence on CSR
• The changing face of FM
• Hybrid workplaces — the next reinvention
• The job board
• Trends that are changing the FM profession

FM Finance & Strategy
• Strategic planning for the phase of a facility’s life
• Influencing the C-Suite for long-term success and planning
• Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity
• Building the budget
• Cost control: balancing efficiency and effectiveness
• Developing public awareness of FM
• Risk management for everyday operations
• Right-sizing your FM staff
• Executing the big FM project
• Proactive asset management
• Change management/industry trends

FM 101
• Managing visitor safety in flexible space
• Everyday O&M
• Why are you here?
• Keeping your great outdoors great
• FM Budgeting
• Benchmarking data — what’s relevant and why?
• Better Together —  Why HR, FM and IT need each other
• Moving up in the FM world
• Managing everyday contractors and vendors
• Strengthening the links on the supply chain

Sustainability
• The future of sustainability
• Being a good steward in your community
• FM’s leadership role in the global green movement
• Benchmarking your facility’s green journey
• Picking the green credential that’s right for your facility
• Choosing the right ways to reuse, recycle and upcycle
• Cleaning Green
• Selling sustainability to the post pandemic C-Suite
• Doing more with less
• Sustainability & the hybrid workspace

Risk Management + Health & Safety
• What is FM’s next big risk?
• Security in the hybrid workplace
• Ongoing IAQ
• Identifying your worst-case scenario
• What is a healthy workplace?
• Disaster recovery and business continuity
• Renovating with risks in mind
• Risk management across the portfolio
• FM’s relationship with local government
• Finding weak points before the bad guys find them
• Implementing a workplace safety plan
• Health & safety in arts and sports venues
• Visitor management
• Using a safer outside to make a safer inside

Technology
• Cyberthreats and FM
• Raising your AI IQ
• Security in the hybrid workplace
• Intelligent design through AR
• Robotics and the FM team
• Maximizing your IoT
• FM & IT — what does each side need from the other?
• Choosing the right time to upgrade
• Building employee/visitor trust in tracking systems
• Evolving PropTech
• Using technology to connect a multigenerational team
• Technology’s role in FM capital planning
• Protecting the data center
• What to do with leftovers after pivoting to the hybrid workspace
• The new age of the meeting room

We Are FM
• The many hats of the successful FM
• Why FM matters
• Growing the next generation of FM
• DE&I Staffing
• FM’s direct influence on workplace culture
• FM’s role in ESG reporting
• FM has a seat at the table — Now what?
• Managing the FM team
• FM & HR — we’re not so different
• Recognizing blue collar FM
• The next step in your FM career
• Succession planning — getting ahead of the loss of knowledge

Real Estate & Property Management + Occupancy
• What’s next in workplace design?
• Noise mitigation
• What your facility says about your organization
• Managing operational space
• Optimizing the portfolio
• Designing the emotionally healthy and intelligent workplace

The article submission guidelines explain in detail the process of writing for IFMA's FMJ from the article proposal through publication. If your article is accepted, you will need to complete and return the article submission release form.

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