About the Best Practice

The Risknowlogy Best Practice publications are the leading destination when it comes to risk, reliability and safety knowledge. It aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help them to become leading risk, reliability and safety practitioners and to turn their organisations into centres of excellence.

Get Involved – Become an Author

Thanks for considering working with us. We believe that if companies and organisations would understand their hazards and risks better, if they would understand how to build reliable solutions to manage those risks, and if they would know how to achieve safety in an effective manner, then everybody – the employees, the bosses, the customers, the people, the environment, the investors – the whole world would be better off. So we try to arm our readers with knowledge and ideas that help them be smarter, more effective, and more thorough in their work. To do that we enlist the foremost experts in risk, reliability and safety theory and practice, collaborating to express their best thoughts in the most influential ways possible.

I want to be an author

What do I need to do?

If you have a new piece of research, a new approach, an unexpected perspective on a current event, or an original way of looking at a perennial risk, reliability or safety problem in any industry, we would love to hear about it.  Here’s what we look for, when we’re considering what to publish at Risknowlogy:

  1. Expertise — You don’t have to have grey hair, or no hair at all for that matter, or to be well known to be a contributor to the Risknowlogy Best Practices, but you must know a lot about the subject you’re writing about.
  2. Evidence — It’s not enough to know your subject deeply; you have to prove it to the reader. You can refer to research or practical work of others. You can also demonstrate your thoughts with practical and relevant examples. Use data, create charts, create graphs, do anything creative to share your ideas. Our audience is keen to see your thoughts in action.
  3. Be Original — Risk, reliability and safety problems are not new. The world always had them and always tried to solve them. There aren’t that many wholly new ideas in risk, reliability and safety, and the problems practitioners face have probably been solved already somehow. So if you’re writing about a well-worn topic, you need to find a fresh and creative approach. The best way to do this is to be very specific and to rely on your own research, observations, and experience. The worst way to do this, generally, is to give the same solution a new jacket or use a fancy, clever new phrase.
  4. Usefulness — Whatever you submit it needs to be useful to our readers. Our readers don’t read our Best Practices just to stay on top of new developments in risk, reliability and safety thinking. Much more they are looking for help changing the way they and their organisations actually approach risk, reliability and safety topics. Try to explain your thinking so that the reader understands how to begin to apply it in a real situation. Making your ideas useful will make it a lot more powerful.
  5. Be Persuasive – Make your publication a pleasure to read. The Risknowlogy Best Practices readers are smart and skeptical and busy like everybody else in the world. If you don’t capture, and keep, their attention, they will not hesitate to move on to something else. Use compelling language, get straight to the point in the first paragraph, avoid jargon, and spend the extra time necessary to make your language sharp and compelling throughout. Use pictures, graphs, use humor, anything is allowed to keep their attention.

 

Some notes about our process:

We are looking for quality, not quantity. We only publish if we feel it contributes in the right way. The best thing to do is to send us a short pitch first so we can give you feedback early enough. Nothing will be published unless we have seen a full draft. Most likely our editors will ask you to revise parts of your publication. We will have it read by more than one editor to make sure we get the most out of your contribution. Send your pitch or full draft to your editor or if you do not have an editor yet send it to bestpractices AT risknowlogy dot com.

Just remember our editorial process is more thorough than many other publishers’. We will work with you to make your contribution the best for our readers. Contributors tell us frequently that they really appreciate the extra care and attention their work receives. We also retain final decision rights over headlines. Our editors have spent years learning what kind of headlines give Risknowlogy Best Practices pieces the best chance of being read, found on the web, and shared both on social media and in offices around the world. We will very likely rewrite the title you suggest; if we do so, it’s because we believe the revised version will help your publication reach the audience it deserves.

We want you to write your publication yourself, in your own voice coming from your heart. Please don’t submit something written by your PR representative or a ghostwriter or something that was published already elsewhere. We don’t publish pieces that have appeared elsewhere or that come across as promotional.

Michel Houtermans
Editor, Risknowlogy Best Practices