The Body of Knowledge (BoK) is a compendium of curated articles intended to form the basis of a robust learning and certification program for identity and access management practitioners.  This page is designed to help you ensure your submission is ready for and fits the scope of the BoK.   

Are you interested, but are not sure where to start writing? The draft outline for the BoK is available in our GitHub repository. See the BoK ToC.

Given the goal of learning and certification, articles should be treated as scholarly material, though some light humor to make the content more approachable will be appreciated by the reader. Informal, essay-style articles are not suited for the BoK; please considering offering that type of material up for the IDPro Newsletter. Articles should be vendor-neutral at all times, and technology agnostic where possible.

A Microsoft Word template is available; all articles will be modified to match that template prior to publication. The Style Guide for the IDPro BoK is also available. This will be used to guide the copyediting process for all articles, and includes information on capitalization, figures, tables, and more. Please note that every article must have a Terminology section. The contents of this section will be added to the Terminology in the IDPro Body of Knowledge document. Please review the terms and definitions already listed before redefining an existing word or phrase.


The abstract should offer a concise summary of the material within the article. Readers should be able to derive enough information from the abstract to determine the article’s key points. This section is generally written at the end of the writing process.


Body of Text

The body of the text should be written as separable from the Abstract; duplication of material is acceptable and expected.



Broader than the abstract, this section sets the context for the article



This section should offer clear definitions of the key terms or concepts in the article. These terms should be italicized on first use within the body of the text.

General Content

As many sections as the author feels necessary to describe the topic.


Summarize the highlights from the article, emphasizing what the author wants the reader to take away from this article.


This is an optional section that authors may use to publicly thank individuals or organizations that contributed in some way to the development of this article.


Author Bio

To include name, affiliation. Note that a more complete bio will be added to a consolidated bio section at the beginning of the BoK.



Will act as a reference section per article; the editor can help you with formating these.


The Body of Knowledge (BoK) is a growing compilation of IAM knowledge created and reviewed by the IAM community, curated through IDPro, the professional organization for IAM practitioners.  While the content in the BoK goes through both a peer and a public review process, IDPro cannot provide any guarantee that the material is correct or applicable in all situations, or that it is freely available to the public.

New and refreshed articles are published 3-4 times a year; you can view them directly through the Article link, the Issues link, or the landing page on the IDPro website.

The Body of Knowledge is Vendor-Neutral

  • The development and maintenance process ensures that no one vendor can control the definition, revision or distribution of the BoK.
  • The articles are vendor-neutral to encourage the reader to frame the problem space in general terms. When seeking products, this allows for choice of vendors without suffering a loss of functionality. 
  • The IDPro BoK seeks to be comprehensive, consistent, and publicly available.

IDPro is a multilateral association that is representative of a broad cross-section of the identity industry, open to new members, publishes the rules of membership and operates according to open principles.

Focus and Scope

The goal of IDPro’s Body of Knowledge program, designed to last through the lifetime of IDPro, is to create and maintain a sustainable learning resource for identity professionals.

Submission Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has either not been previously published, or, if previously published, complies with the IDPro IPR policy.
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or Markdown document file format. Please do not submit PDF.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Any images or figures are included in separate files in JPG format.

Copyright Notice

Copyright License. If a Contribution is included (in whole or in part) in any work of authorship created in connection with IDPro activities, the Contributor grants IDPro a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully-sublicensable copyright license to reproduce, create derivative works, distribute, display and perform the Contributions. Subject to the Contributor’s continued copyright ownership in their Contributions, IDPro will own the copyright in any collective works, compilations, joint works or derivative works created in connection with IDPro activities, and will own the copyright in any works created by IDPro employees or agents. IDPro will exercise its rights and license its own copyrights in a manner consistent with its non-profit mission.

(For the complete IDPro IPR Policy, please see our website: IDPro IPR Policy)

By clicking this box, you affirm that accept these IPR terms and and that this act constitutes your legal signature.

Peer Review

This journal operates a open peer review policy. New and refreshed articles are published 3-4 times a year.


IDPro Body of Knowledge allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

There are no publication fees associated with BoK articles.

Publication Cycle

The IDPro Body of Knowledge will have articles published continuously all year round, as well as a full collection of all materials published annually.


Section or article type

Public Submissions

Peer Reviewed



From the Editor

Access Control

Digital Identity

Standards, Regulations, and Laws

Workforce IAM

Consumer / Citizen IAM

Non-Human Entity

IAM Architecture and Solutions

Operational Considerations

Project Management

IAM Knowledge Sharing

Miscellaneous Article