Contribute

GPPW aims to provide a platform for discussion and commentary on global issues for aspiring policy makers. As such we actively encourage contributions from anyone specialising or interested in political science, international relations and policy making. As recent policy graduates ourselves, we are especially keen to hear from students and recent graduates who studied in these fields.

If you wish to contribute to GPPW in any way, please feel free to get in touch via email to mail@gppw.org. For article submissions, please review the guidelines below and send an email to the same address with the subject line ‘Article Submission’.

Contribution Guidelines

These guidelines are not comprehensive and are subject to change but aim to provide a brief idea of what we are looking for in a submission.

Writing & Style

“…there isn’t any need to go begging maxims from philosophers, counsel from Holy Scripture, fables from poets, clauses from rhetoricians or miracles from saints, but rather to attempt, using expressive, decorous and well-ordered words in a straightforward way, to write sentences that are both harmonious and witty, depicting what is in your mind to the very best of you ability, setting out your ideas without complicating or obscuring them.” — Cervantes (Prologue, Don Quixote)

We prefer short to medium length articles, usually between 750 to 1750 words long. However we will consider longer pieces if we think it is appropriate. All articles must be written in english, be concise, and provide the reader with a well constructed argument. When it comes to good writing we like to apply George Orwell’s five rules for effective writing:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than saying anything outright barbarous.

These are taken from Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language”, published as part of a collection of articles by Penguin called “Why I Write”, which is an excellent read for anyone wishing to improve their writing or interested in the language of politics. We do not have a house style but some general style rules that we would impose are:

  • Use quotation marks, not inverted commas
  • Use only one space after a full stop
  • Dashes & hyphens: there is a difference, please use them correctly
  • Use a semi-colon instead of a full stop if you want to link ideas

Titles

Titles are tricky, but a good one should capture the readers’ attention and the essence of your piece. It should also contain keywords that help your article appear in search results.

Referencing

We like to reference our articles where appropriate and do so using hyperlinks in the text, usually highlighting keywords. We prefer not to publish footnotes, or sources, at the end of the article.

Example:

  • Harvard referencing (not preferred):

“Russian president Vladimir Putin (BBC, 2005) once described the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’”

  • Hyperlink reference (strongly preferred):

“Russian president Vladimir Putin once described the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.’”

Hyperlinks in MS Word can be done simply by highlighting the word you wish to link and hitting ctrl+k. This will bring up a dialogue box where you can paste in a web link to your source.

Submitting

If you would like to contribute an article you can send it to mail@gppw.org with ‘Article Submission’ in the subject line. In addition to your article we also require a short bio (100 words maximum, written in the third-person) in which you can include social media links such as twitter handles or website URLs. We do not accept phone queries or mailed manuscripts. We cannot guarantee an immediate response as we have busy schedules outside of GPPW but aim to reply within 48 hours of any email. Upon receiving your article, if we wish to publish it we will pass it to our editor and send it back to you for review.

Publishing

Assuming a submission is accepted for publication, the time from submission to publishing depends on a few criteria such as how long the article needs to be edited and how many other articles are awaiting publication. Generally speaking it can take up to a month but often it is much quicker than that.

Copyright & Ownership

GPPW is strictly not for profit and all authors retain their ownership of any work submitted for publishing. In submitting your work you are allowing GPPW the right to publish your article on its website globalpublicpolicywatch.org / gppw.org, to share it via social media sites such as, but not limited to, facebook, twitter & medium, and retain your work in the GPPW archive with the agreement that credit will always be given to the original author. We may on some occasions wish to republish articles in which case we would seek the author’s permission to do so. Any images we use are either original or sourced via flickr’s creative commons search and accredited. We ask for the same if your submission includes images that are not your own.