About Us

TJ gives learning and development the focus it needs. Our philosophy is to deliver informative, timely and practical content of the highest quality to assist anyone involved in workplace L&D. If your job is to nurture and grow skills and knowledge and to change attitudes to learning within your organisation, you should be a member.

TJ is committed to supporting your continuing professional development through in-depth features that analyse L&D principles in detail.

First published in 1965 as Training Officer, the magazine was acquired by Dods Group PLC in 2003 and was re-branded as TJ: the publication for learning and development in November 2005.

Editorial calendar

JANUARY 2017 the future of learning (deadline 30th November 2016)
FEBRUARY 2017 coaching and mentoring (deadline 23rd December 2016)
MARCH 2017 talent (deadline 28th January 2017)
APRIL 2017 the skills agenda (deadline 28th February 2017)
MAY 2017 neuroscience and learning (deadline 30th March 2017)
JUNE 2017 organisational development (deadline 30th April 2017)
JULY 2017 team working (deadline 30th May 2017)
AUGUST 2017 technology (deadline 30th June 2017)
SEPTEMBER 2017 understanding your business (deadline 30th July 2017)
OCTOBER 2017 engagement (deadline 30th August 2017)
NOVEMBER 2017 sales and customer service (deadline 30th September 2017)
DECEMBER 2017 communication (deadline 30th October 2017)

Writing for TJ

TJ’s focus is learning and development and aims to provide the L&D practitioner with the knowledge, tools and inspiration they need to produce bottom line results for their organisations’ and engagement, motivation and success for their people.

Topics are explored through online blogs and short features and through longer more in-depth features that are published in the magazine each month.

Subjects, as detailed on the editorial calendar, are explored by contributors in the monthly magazine through case studies of good practice, research findings and practical features exploring the topic and offering tools, tips and techniques.

Those considering submitting an article should run their ideas past editorial staff by submitting short outlines of their proposed contributions.

Authors may not write directly about their own work, beyond the use of anecdotes and case studies that illustrate a broader point. We are keen to share with readers our contributors’ expertise and experience in relevant fields, but this rule – aimed mainly at PR firms – helps minimise the submissions in which private businesses write in uncritical and self-serving terms about their own products and services.

Author credits are included at the end of articles in the format: name/job title/organisation. We can also publish a web name and/or link to a website, but no logos. 

All articles must be written in clear English without excessive use of technical jargon.

We retain the right to edit submitted material as we choose – though any substantial changes will be run by the author before publication. Authors must be willing to answer queries put by our editors.

All submissions will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Is it exclusive? (Has it been published elsewhere?) 
  • Is it targeted at our audience’s needs and interests? 
  • Does it provide market information, analysis or explanations that will interest and inform our readers, helping them in their working lives? 
  • Might reasonable readers suspect that we have been paid to publish the article?

If you have a suggestion for an article on a subject or area not shown here please contact the editor Debbie Carter at debbie.carter@trainingjournal.com with a short synopsis outline.

Writing for the TJ website

We are always looking for topical opinions and features to supplement our news and regular bloggers on the TJ website. These are short focused pieces ranging from around 550 – 600 words for a blog or opinion and 800 – 1000 words for a feature.

We are also interested in videos and interviews for the site – to explore how to contribute to this aspect please contact the deputy editor Jo Cook at jo.cook@trainingjournal.com

Writing for TJ magazine

Articles for the magazine are generally about 1500 or 2000 words (three or four pages of the magazine respectively) the editorial team will give you a specific word count and deadline once it is scheduled. They should be written in clear English without excessive use of technical jargon.

Diagrams and illustrations are welcomed but it is important that they are supplied separately as JPEG or TIFF files of print quality resolution (not less than 300 dpi).

Some text that can be pulled out in boxed format when the article is laid out would be useful and this could include the following:

  • Top tips
  • Key learning points
  • Further reading

All references must be included and marked accurately, and where necessary permissions to use copyright material should be obtained before submitting the article.

Articles should be submitted to the commissioning member of the editorial team as a plain Word file without formatting – large files like images should be compressed and sent by zip file or downloaded onto a sharing platform like Dropbox or You Send it.

Once the article is published in the magazine it is considered premium content and is accessible to paid members of the TJ community only. Non-subscribers will be able to view the content once the material is three months old.

We can arrange to send you a copy of the magazine once the article is published – please supply a postal address when submitting your article so we can arrange this. If a separate PDF of an article from the magazine is wanted, this can be supplied. However we ask that any such PDF is not hosted on an open website until the article is readily available to all who visit the TJ website – that is three months after publication.

TJ webinars

TJ has a regular, monthly webinar hosted by our deputy editor Jo Cook. These free webinars focus on a topic each month which is determined by the editorial focus for that issue of the magazine.

The TJ webinars aim to bring in many points of view to the discussion, so as well as our main expert speakers we encourage interaction with the online audience. If you want to know more about being involved in a webinar contact Jo at jo.cook@trainingjournal.com or if you’d like to sponsor a specific topic for discussion your point of contact is Malika Elouafi email malika.elouafi@dods.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 207 593 5606 T: +44 (0) 207 593 5606​ M: +44 (0) ​7823 527962

If you have any questions about writing for TJ please email the editor Debbie Carter at debbie.carter@trainingjournal.com or telephone +44 (0)1353 699090. 

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