The OxPol blog team are taking a break over summer. Watch this space for new topical political content, research and analysis from OxPol in the autumn.
Please note, during this period we are not accepting submissions, nor are we able to monitor the OxPol inbox. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please check our website again in October 2020, when we plan to update our submission guidelines and information on how to pitch an article to us.
To help anyone interested in publishing with us, we have developed some contribution guidelines. These are intended to be brief, to encourage a wide variety of contributors and topics to the blog. We want to be a platform where contributors can express their ideas, in their own style and with whatever degree of informality the author chooses.
- Draft pieces should be between 500 and 1000 words – ideally, we want approximately 750 words.
- Articles should be based on academically rigorous research and evidence.
- Pieces should be written in plain British English and understandable to a non-specialist audience.
- References should include easy to find citations, ideally hyperlinked.
- By contributing to the blog, contributors agree to our legal notice, policies, and to publish their work under a Creative Commons licence.
Contributors to our blog are welcome to discuss unrefined ideas, early thoughts and as yet unformed research projects or works-in-progress with our editors.
Contributions can be ‘political’—we would encourage it!—but should be written in a responsible, respectable fashion and not be purposefully inflammatory. We advise against including personal information in your blog, as this may have unintended consequences.
The blog makes content available as Open educational Resources (OER); content that is available for reuse and redistribution by third parties globally, provided that it is attributed to its creator. Creative Commons provides the legal and technical infrastructure for the success of OER.
The editorial team will aim to maintain an equitable share of contributions between politics and international relations.
You can submit your draft post, or discuss your idea with one of our Editorial Team, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there may be a delay in responding to your submission or query. If you are waiting on a response, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
We publish work from DPIR academics, scholars, and alumni.
We also accept submissions from Oxford academics and postgraduates, as well as external submissions from global experts working in policy and NGOs, academics and PhD researchers.
OxPol will no longer accept posts from external undergraduate or Masters students
Here are some examples of best practice from other blogs:
- ‘Here’s why Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is still in power’, Monkey Cage, published by The Washington Post
- ‘Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party attracts more men voters than women – here’s why that’s a problem’, The Conversation
- ‘What Europe thinks about three central Brexit issues’, The UK in a Changing Europe