Instructions for Contributors
Articles submitted to The Heptagon Post should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for publication by any other entity at the same time.
Previously published works may be considered for re-post by The Heptagon Post, but this must first be negotiated with the Editor-in-Chief before submission of the article.
Once submitted to The Heptagon Post, the staff reserve the right to edit and alter the content to ensure the article adheres to The Heptagon Post style.
The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse any submission based on: lack of coherent structure and content, poor writing style, inappropriate topic, opinions that are not backed by fact or supported by strong arguments, anything that is racist/discriminatory/radical/overtly biased.
Each article should be submitted by email either to Dr Massimiliano Fiore, email@example.com or to one of the regional editors.
Try to break up long sections of text into smaller paragraphs. This makes it more readable and also helps clarify thoughts on each paragraph. Additionally, try to write in third person. It is, however, acceptable and sometimes more appropriate to use first person when capitalising on personal, direct and relevant experiences. There is no standard length for articles but 900 (not to exceed 1,000) words is a useful target.
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- British spelling should be used throughout. Common foreign words such as regime, role, elite are to be unaccented. The –ise and -our ending (in recognise, organise, realise, colour and neighbour) is preferred.
- Direct quotes should be enclosed in double quotation marks and the closing quotation mark should precede the punctuation. eg. “blah blah blah blah”. ← punctuation on the outside of the quotation mark.
- Dates should be given in British format. eg. 28 January 1912; 1914–1918; the 1930s.
- Government office holders should be capitalized. eg. President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton.
- Do not use Footnotes/Endnotes.
- Reference in the text when talking of other resources consulted or referencing specific facts and figures.
- Ex: author Jan McGibbons in her book The Real Deal argues ... ; A 5 June 2011 report in The Telegraph claims that the Embassy never received the information … ; 6,7 million people have died, according to UN data … .
- Book titles, newspaper/magazine names should all be italicised.
- When referencing an individual, put their whole name and position first, then subsequent references should be by last name only. A formal title can accompany the last name reference, if necessary. eg. LSE Lecturer Paul Grignon …. Grignon argues
- For numbers 1-9, spell out. eg. one, two, three ...
- Larger figures should be put in numeric form. eg. 4,000.
- But numbers beyond the thousands, should be written out. eg. 4-billion.
- Currencies should always be specified. eg. US$4 million.
- If using a number to begin a sentence, write the number out. eg. Ninety per cent of people agree that ... .
- Write out per cent - do not use the % symbol.
Other than the most well known abbreviations (US, UK, UN, EU, NATO) entities and organizations should be introduced in the long format, written out first. This should be accompanied by a parenthesis for the acronym to be used for the rest of the article. eg. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
While trying not to be too rigidly academic in style, pieces should maintain some semblance of a recognised structure with regards to presenting an idea or subject to discuss, expanding on that subject through factual background, anecdotes, analysis and opinion, and coming to some sort of conclusive argument or position.
The first and last paragraphs of a piece are generally the most important for establishing themes and arguments, so special attention should be paid to clearly provide context for the article and argument/position in the beginning (letting the reader know the direction of the piece), and ending with a strong and intellectually satisfying end to the arc of the piece.
The Heptagon Post aims to reach an educated and generally well-informed audience of critical thinkers; therefore, pieces should be more than just a factual account of an issue that anyone could read about in a newspaper - give analysis, opinions, arguments or positions (even if those positions are to illuminate issues forgotten by western media) that stimulate discourse and provide diverse points of view.
Articles should link to a TIMELY event, or ongoing issue; The Heptagon Post is not an historical forum. While, of course, historical background is often vital, and though couching an article within a larger historical context is essential for many pieces on protracted conflicts, The Heptagon Post aims to stay fresh and current in its focus and content.
Above all, The Heptagon Post is a lively blog that encompasses a highly diverse range of contributors and contributions in the realm of international affairs. While not all pieces focus on multilateral or transnational issues, all pieces should be of interest to an international audience.
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