West Africa Study Circle

How to Submit an Article to Cameo

Joint Editors Barry Burns & Rob May

Cameo welcomes contributions ranging from short letters to 20 page research papers, and from the fields of philately, postal history, postcards, post offices, personal histories, military, censorship, overland transport, maritime and aviation topics. The more general articles should preferably be illustrated with philatelic material. But, if it interests you, it will probably interest at least a dozen other members!

Cameo welcomes publication of your queries and other members’ answers, but contributors should put queries first to the relevant Study Editor so that we avoid duplicating already-published answers in textbooks and this Journal. It does not matter how short or simple the article is – very often short articles are ideal to fill the bottom of a page.

For short articles, any style or presentation is acceptable (including handwritten which many articles still are), but larger articles and papers should be sent in electronic format, proof-read and checked to your own satisfaction. A peer review can often be useful before the article is submitted. For members whose first language is not English the editors will be able to help to finesse your English-language drafts to read clearly and easily, so no-one need be put off making contributions.

The electronic formats that work best for the editors are

  1. Typed text sent in Word format (not Word Perfect please) by e-mail (changing to the usual format for email addresses) to
    robert.may at cantab.net or barry.burns1 at virgin.net
  2. By post on CD-R to either editor at the addresses shown in each issue of Cameo
  3. With illustrations in colour at 300dpi or higher, in pdf, jpeg or tif formats as e-mail attachments or on CD-R. Both editors have broadband, so the size of e-mails is not a significant problem, though for safe transit through firewalls anything more than about four colour illustrations is probably better sent as a second e-mail.
  4. Fax is not available, but scans of typed text can be sent. This is particularly useful to avoid transcribing large chunks of source material, which can be optically transcribed into Word format or pasted into Cameo as pdf files instead.

The editors have the final say over content in Cameo in the interests of balance and relevance to the readership. Space in each Cameo may be limited as compared with the volume of material submitted by all the authors. The editors retain discretion over punctuation, spelling, grammar, use of colour illustrations and whether to reduce the size of illustrations to fit the space available, but should not change wording, delete text or delete illustrations without full knowledge and permission of the author. If the editors consider amendment or deletion of text or removal of illustrations to be necessary they will discuss it with contributors. If contributors are then unhappy with proposed changes they can withdraw their items.

January 2009