Contribute to EUIdeas
Send your 800-1000 word blog post to [email protected]
EUIdeas aims to publish short articles (800-1000 words) or brief multi-media content by EUI members which shed light on topical issues, or bring to the forefront subjects which the authors convincingly argue deserve more notice. It is aimed at a general, informed audience broadly interested in social, political, legal, and economic issues.
Contributors should provide short evidence-driven analysis of their chosen argument, with the clear scope of shaping public or policymakers’ perceptions of the issue. Articles which simply present research results will not be considered for publication, nor will traditional opinion pieces advocating for a particular political platform or ideology.
EUIdeas supports multi-media content: in addition to blog posts, contributions may be in the form of short videos or podcasts.
While we expect most contributions to be in the form of single, stand-alone posts, authors may also propose multi-author ‘symposia’ of 3-5 pieces which comprehensively treat a selected topic.
The EUI reserves the right to edit any post for clarity or brevity. The contributing author will be invited to review the changes.
- Submitted articles will be reviewed by the Blog editor(s), who will edit the piece to enhance its readability for the general public. You will receive the final version of the post, and will have an opportunity to react.
- All articles should be evidence-based. Editors may double-check the factual accuracy of certain points, or ask you for links to supporting information
Style guidelines for contributors
- Length and format
In order to increase readability and accessibility, EUIdeas entries should be between 800 and 1,000 words, written in British English. Entries can be submitted in Word format, with the author’s name at the top.
- Audience, writing style and language
EUIdeas’ main aim is to increase the public understanding of the social sciences. Accordingly, your blog post should be written with a wide audience in mind, including policy-makers, academics from across the disciplines and other non-academics.
Avoid jargon, lead with the main idea, and present your arguments clearly and succinctly.
EUIdeas uses 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. Avoid pay-walled sources or keep them to an absolute minimum. Whenever possible refer to open-access articles to give your readers access to further information. Ideally link your article to items in the EUI repository Cadmus.
Use a short, narrative title, i.e. a single sentence or phrase that sums up your main point.
- Graphs and Charts
EUIdeas encourages the use of charts, figures and other infographics. All of these are easier to read than tables.
- Biography and contributor photo
EUIdeas provides full attribution to the contributors. Please send the editors a very short bio, with your academic position, research interests, and if relevant one or two recent publications. In some cases we will request a photo as well.
- While comments are not foreseen, evidence-based rebuttals and counter-arguments will be considered for publication as related blog entries.
Creative Commons and article sharing policy
Unless otherwise specified, EUIdeas posts will be published under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC 4.0) whereby others are free to use them for non-commercial purposes, with attribution. You are also free to publish your contribution on other blogs.
The European University Institute supports the principle of academic freedom. The views expressed by published authors do not necessarily represent those of the European University Institute or other contributors to the blog.
To propose an article or request more information, write to [email protected]