Microsoft Architecture Journal Issue 16 - Call For Papers

Integration Interchange The next issue of the Architecture Journal will be focused on Identity Architectures. As more organizations embrace a services based infrastructure, the need to manage the identities of users in an organization becomes more and more important. Issues that have been easy to manage in traditional environments need now to be considered from the perspective of services moving to the “cloud”.

This can include fundamental issues that you may even be facing now, such as internal authorization strategies; not only for employees, but how do you include partners and customers?  More complex issues may include tiered access; what data is relevant to each user or user group?  How do you secure that data?  Is all identity data relevant in any circumstance or does it depend on the role of the user at any given time? How do directories compare to claims based authentication? What happens with multipart, distributed transactions? What about auditing in various contexts?

If you have opinions that you would like to share with the architect community on identity management, here is your chance! Follow the instructions below to send an abstract before the cut-off date and you could see your thoughts and ideas shared with over 60,000 readers, translated in 5 languages, and distributed at multiple conferences around the world!

The cut-off date for abstracts for the next issue is April 21st 2008.  If you are interested in making a submission, here are the details:

How do I make a submission?

To submit an idea for a paper, please send the following:

  • A 2 – 4 paragraph abstract explaining how your paper fits the "Identity Architectures" theme of the magazine
  • A 1 – 2 paragraph bio
  • A list of previously published articles

Submissions should be made via Email to

We receive many submissions for each issue, so we encourage you to put time and thought into the submission.

When will I know whether my submission is accepted?

After the call for papers has ended, you will be notified via Email as to whether your submission was successful or not.

What happens if my submission is accepted?

If accepted, you’ll have between 6 weeks to submit two drafts and a final version of your paper. These dates will be clearly communicated. Your first draft will be reviewed by an editorial board to ensure it is on message for the magazine. Your second draft and final version will be subject to both technical and copy editing.

The magazine is generally available in print and online 4 weeks after final drafts are submitted.

What are the guidelines for papers printed in the Architecture Journal?

We recommend that papers are between 3,500 and 4,500 words in length – although we have accepted shorter and longer papers in the past. The article should be submitted using Microsoft Word. Diagrams should be submitted in either Microsoft Visio or Microsoft PowerPoint, and will be reformatted for the magazine.

Do I still own the work?

Yes. We ask you to sign a release form that gives Microsoft permission to reprint the article, but ownership of the paper remains with you, the author.

Will I get paid for writing?

We do not currently reimburse authors for contributing to the Architecture Journal.

Will I get copies of the magazine as an author?

After printing you’ll be sent 10 copies of the Journal for your own use.  Additional copies can be requested.

Where can I get more information?

Check out this link.