How to Submit Articles for Publication

Articles may be accepted for publication in the Green Diamond provided the content is consistent with the overall objectives of the society - - preserving our heritage.Decisions on whether this requirement is met is the sole responsibility of the editorial staff. As a preferred procedure for submission of articles, prospective contributors are requested to contact the editorial staff prior to submitting materials at the e-mail address:

or by U.S. Mail at:
ICHS Publications
P.O. Box 288
Paxton, Il 60957

The editorial staff accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or materials.

Acceptable length of articles is determined by content. The editorial staff retains the right to edit materials to meet space and/or content requirements. Articles concerning historical events about the Illinois Central and its predecessor roads, biographical information of outstanding personalities connected with the Illinois Central (including oral history interviews), operations, facilities, equipment, etc., may be 12 to 15 pages in length, including illustrative materials. Personal, autobiographical glimpses of experiences as an employee, or relative of former employee, on the Illinois Central should be limited to not more than two pages. Other relevant brief materials such as a cartoon, poem, photograph or similar item may be considered. If any material is accepted, appropriate by-lines and/or attribution will be given. If the return of pictures or other materials submitted is desired it should be so indicated at the time of submission, otherwise all materials will become the property of the society and placed in archival files for possible future use. If indicated, all materials identified as returnable will be returned following publication of the article. In cases where the article is not accepted all materials will be returned to the contributor.

Submission Techniques

Text materials may be submitted by US Mail in manuscript (hard copy) form (preferably typed double spaced (for better scanning), or as an e-mail attachment, provided the file is in Microsoft Word as a .doc file.

Illustrative materials such as photographs, drawings, diagrams, etc., are preferred in hard copy form. Electronic transmission has not been a satisfactory method for good magazine reproduction within our limitations.  As a back-up for text materials, a diskette mailed along with photographs has also proven to be valuable.