Guidelines

Our readers

Our readers are primarily researchers, academicians, library professionals,  practitioners, publishers, policymakers, etc.

Writing style and language

  • Write the article keeping the wide audience in mind, including researchers, students and non-academics too.
  • We seriously aim for smaller articles with word limit of 800 to 1000.
  • Title should be appealing and sounding like a title of a formal research paper. We want you to frame the title in the manner TED Talks.
  • Follow natural style of writing by avoiding jargons, excessive acronyms and academic terms as those may not be properly known outside disciplinary circles.
  • Avoid writing “this article discusses” or “this paper aims to…”, Instead go straight into your discussion of the topic
  • Use short paragraphs of not more than four or five sentences
  • Authors are encouraged to use images, charts, figures, and graphs than table. This does not mean you shouldn’t use tables, but sparingly.
  • The Editor will add a suitable image that suits the blog post.
  • Write the main issue in the initial paragraph and then expand the discussion. Avoid keeping the main issue/argument or analysis at the end of the article.
  • Write your post as a standalone piece.
  • Submit in MS-Word with clear title, your name and affiliation.
  • For cross-posts, you may please suggest a few good articles published on any platforms. We preferably consider those articles to cross-post those that are preferably in open access domain (with CC licenses). To suggest, please write to editor@opencommentaries.in
  • Please note- we read everything you send.

Author’s brief bio-sketch and photo

  • We would love to give due credit to our contributors. So please write a brief biographical note (not exceeding 3-4 lines detailing your academic position, affiliation, and research interests
  • Plus please mail us your small colour photo (headshot) as a .jpg file.

Referencing

  • We do not use formal citations (however, we don’t mind even you put formal citations);
  • We use links rather than citations for references. Links should direct readers to more detailed reports or other pieces of research, news items, or other blog posts;
  • When you link, prefer sharing the/citing the open access sources are preferable compared to those behind paywalls;
  • Please insert a hyperlink at the relevant point of your argument that you would like to reference (using ctrl-k in Word) or simply place the URL in parentheses where you would like it to be placed and we will link it ourselves.
  • Please also read Tips

Editing

  • Once you submit the article, within three days, you will receive the status: ‘suitable for publication’ or ‘not-suitable for publication’.
  • The Editor will review the suitable articles and get back to you within two weeks for final changes, if any.
  • These edits may include: trimming the title, if necessary; shortening of text if the article exceeds 1000 words; for the quick understanding and creating interest in reading the article, we write a short introductory paragraph (of 3-4 lines) outlining the article’s main arguments and findings; placing author’s brief biographic profile at the end of the article; we add additional citations, if required.
  • Please note that the article may be reviewed/edited multiple times before we finally post it. When necessary, we do make further edits even after the article is posted. A small note stating the publication edit will be put at the end of the article.

Creative Commons and article sharing policy

  • We publish all the articles under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0). We assume that author/s submitting the articles to our blogs know about this and hence agree to publish their article with the said license.
  • Authors, other blogs and publication firms are free to use our articles (for republishing) with attribution.

Courtesy: LSE Impact Blog

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