Submission Guidelines

SOA Publications Opportunities

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) offers members a wide range of publications in which to communicate material. The SOA encourages members to submit material for publication whenever they believe such material will benefit the profession.

The objectives and standards of the SOA's publications, information about the process and a list of publications and their purposes follow. We hope this explanation will facilitate the publication of material by SOA members.

The primary objective of the SOA's publications is to disseminate relevant and timely information that serves the need of the actuarial community and to inform the community of the activities of the SOA. The timeliness of each publication is consistent with its nature and purpose.

Various editorial committees oversee the development and production of material by the SOA. The director of communications oversees the processes and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on policy matters affecting all publications. Other committees and editorial boards oversee each individual publication. Coordination and dialogue are maintained with SOA leadership, other committees and special interest sections to enhance consistency in publications and to respond to membership needs.

Publication production, which includes frequent writing, editing, design, printing and distribution, is the responsibility of the SOA's professional editorial staff. Questions should be directed to Cheré LaRose, Director of Member and Candidate Communications.

The following SOA publications accept contributions and provide a forum for member–to–member communications.

  1. The North American Actuarial Journal. This quarterly journal has replaced the Transactions as the SOA's flagship publication. The journal began publication in January 1997 and contains scholarly material such as research, survey, synthesis, practice and educational papers. The NAAJ is refereed; all papers are reviewed by subject matter experts. Members and nonmembers may submit papers for publication. Papers can be submitted via our online submission system. For complete instructions on submitting a paper or discussion to the NAAJ, please see our North American Actuarial Journal (NAAJ) Instructions for Authors.
  2. The Actuary Magazine. This is the primary membership magazine for the more than 24,000 members of the SOA. The magazine offers readers articles on practical subjects, employment/career trends, new fields of practice, management and personal development, BOG strategic issues and other topics that affect the profession. The Actuary complements the SOA's effort to shift the image of the actuary and conform to the strategic plan. Submissions should be sent to Jacque Kirkwood, staff editor, at the SOA office.
  3. SOA News Weekly. This weekly newsletter is delivered via e–mail and provides members with information about the SOA, other actuarial organizations and business news related to the actuarial profession. It enhances and expands communication between the SOA and the membership by providing information that is timely, helpful and relevant and that supports the current priorities and initiatives of the SOA. SOA News Weekly complements other SOA publications in the overall quest to provide members with news they can use to advance their careers, be more aware of activity in other actuarial organizations and news that will keep them linked to happenings of a general business nature.
  4. ARCH. The Actuarial Research Clearing House publishes research articles. Many of the articles published in ARCH are highly technical, though this is not a prerequisite for publication. Minimal editing is performed on articles published in ARCH. Because ARCH is basically a vehicle for the dissemination of ideas, one issue each year is devoted to papers presented at the annual Actuarial Research Conference.
  5. Section Newsletters. The SOA's Sections publish newsletters that consist of short– to medium–length articles of interest to members of that section. The content is designed to provide practical information for the working actuary, articles on trends that impact sections and news about section activities. Please see the Volunteer Editor’s Resource for Newsletter Excellence for article guidelines.
  6. The Future Actuary. The Casualty Actuarial Society/Society of Actuaries candidates' newsletter, The Future Actuary, reaches thousands of actuarial candidates a year taking the first four jointly administered CAS/SOA exams. Readers get full coverage on topics like career development, nontraditional careers, grading systems, study tips, professional conduct and ethics, and the structure of actuarial organizations. The Future Actuary is published four times a year in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

The second group of SOA publications is used to document various forms of information to members. These publications are as follows:

  1. Transactions Reports of Mortality, Morbidity and Other Experience. The Reports is the vehicle of publication of the various experience studies carried out by SOA committees. Material in the Reports is not limited to reports submitted by the SOA's experience committees; experience studies from other actuarial and insurance industry organizations are encouraged.
  2. Yearbook. The Yearbook publishes useful information about the SOA primarily for member usage. It has been available in electronic format on the SOA Web site since 2000. Items included in the Yearbook are: current officers; lists of members of various committees and Special Interest Section Councils; the bylaws; Code of Professional Conduct; and various other items of interest to members.
  3. Professional Actuarial Specialty Guides. Published on an ad hoc basis, the Specialty Guides focus on a particular specialty, such as U.S. Social Security–Cash Benefits, Life Insurance Company Investments and U.S. GAAP Financial Reporting, providing a framework in which to understand the specialty and a guide to the essential readings in the specialty. Each guide comprises introductory material and a "road map" that organizes the specialty into topics, followed by brief descriptions of carefully selected papers, articles and books. The guides are intended to help experienced actuaries craft their personal continuing education plans and to provide "road maps" to actuarial specialties for those actuaries wishing to become proficient in a new specialty.