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Blog post submission guide

The Development Policy Blog provides a platform for the best in aid and development analysis, research and policy comment, with global coverage and a strong focus on Australia and its immediate region. Established in 2010, the blog is run by the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, and is edited by Stephen Howes and Camilla Burkot.

Our primary target audience is the foreign aid and development community in Australia and across the Pacific. Like our contributors, our readers are analysts, policymakers, activists, public servants, consultants and students. While their fields of interests converge, their knowledge, experience and perspectives vary. Our three areas of focus are Australian aid, the Pacific and Papua New Guinea, and global development policy.

Unsolicited blog posts are welcome, though publication is not guaranteed, and revisions may be requested. Acceptance of articles is based on quality alone. All points of view are welcome.

General guidelines for posts are that they should be:

  • no longer than 1000 words (exceptions can be made)
  • attributed to individuals (not an organisation or anonymous author) and
  • must have sources provided as hyperlinks (not footnotes).

Authors are encouraged to include a photo to accompany their submission, where possible (72–96 dpi resolution; you must hold the rights to any photos you submit). All articles and photos accepted for publication will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Submissions should be sent to the blog editors.

Detailed guidelines for posts are laid out in this guide [pdf]. Please follow them, but don’t be intimidated. We run a flexible and informal blog. We do try hard to avoid spelling and grammar mistakes. When in doubt, be consistent!

We may edit your post. We will send you a revised post if the changes are major. If they are small, you will have to trust us. We will make as few changes as possible.

We of course also welcome comments. Comments may be edited (without consultation) for grammar and punctuation as well. We will not publish personal attacks. We may remove part of your comment if we think that part constitutes a personal attack. Criticism of organisations as against individuals is welcome if it serves a good purpose. It should not be gratuitous, but well-founded, based either on experience or argument. We welcome robust debate, but avoid sweeping, unfounded attacks. While we like to publish as many comments as possible, and do not subject them to the same level of quality control as blog posts, we may hold back comments which contain harsh criticism with no attempt at all to give that criticism a justified base. Commenters who have affiliations that readers should be aware of, or conflicts of interest, must declare them. Commenters should identify themselves by their full names unless there are good reasons for not doing so. Accusations of illegal conduct are unlikely to be published.

The blog guide [pdf] also applies for Development Policy Centre discussion papers and policy briefs, except where noted. The Crawford School of Public Policy style of referencing [pdf] should be used where references are necessary.