Rights! welcomes unsolicited pieces to be published in our Quick Read or Deeper Read sections. For these, we have 5 core guiding stylistic categories for authors: Agora, Beginnings, Speakers’ Corner, Notebook, and The TLA Zone. In addition, we have Special Feature Series that include their own guidelines and we are also happy to consider video and audio contributions for our Watch/Listen section.
Specific calls for papers will be advertised here when available. If you would like to contribute, please choose a guiding category from the list below and prepare your piece in accordance with the blog’s language and style guidelines.
A summary of the guidelines, including examples, is available here.
Guidelines for Submission
Every submission is reviewed by members of the editorial board, who may ask for amendments/edits before the piece is passed on to the Editor-in-Chief for final approval and publication.
- While in the long term we hope to operate in multiple languages, for the time being we can only accept submissions in English.
- Regardless of the English variant which you use, your grammar must be at a publishable level and carefully edited to remove structural errors or typos. If you wish to submit a piece, we encourage you to have it proof-read before submitting it.
- Please indicate if your submission has been published or submitted for consideration elsewhere.
- Referencing must be via in-text citations in any variant of the Harvard System. Please do not use footnotes.
- Please embed hyperlinks to your sources in addition to, or in the place of, academic referencing.
- Place all quotations in standard quotation marks and indent longer quotes. Do not write quotations in Italics.
- If images are used, they must be accompanied by full copyright attribution.
Special Feature Series
We occasionally run series of specific articles on a set theme.
Currently, we are iniviting new submissions for our new thematic series: Taking to the Streets. Rights! is now welcoming articles, photographic essays, short documentaries, and other forms of visual art from scholars, practitioners and activists for this series. Please read our call for papers for more information. The word count for written articles is 800-1200 words. Please contact us with any questions regarding multimedia, poetry or other formats. Approved content will be published in the ‘Quick Read’ or ‘Watch/Listen’ sections of our website.
We are also still publishing an ongoing series of short-think pieces under the topic: Human Rights in the Age of COVID-19. This series broadly follows the ‘Speakers Corner’ guidelines below, but with a shorter word count of between 600 and 1000 words. Submission guidelines for other thematic series will be added here as they are current and active.
We are also inviting submissions from human rights publishers and authors for our New Publication series. We are interested in hearing from human rights authors about their latest books. Authors are asked to complete a short Q&A with a word limit of between 800 and 1600 words, covering the broad questions / talking points below.
- What is the central question of the book?
- Why is it needed and in particular, what contribution does it make to human rights?
- Key findings
- Conclusions and recommendations
A member of Rights! editorial board may follow up with specific questions / clarifications as needed.
This area is reserved for those authors who possess academic/professional expertise or unique insight into the topic at hand. We welcome various methodological and disciplinary approaches ranging from academic articles to op-eds, from desk-based research to field work, from Law to Humanities, from Politics to Social Sciences. Pieces in this section are academic in style and analytical in substance. Supporting materials should be referenced according to academic standards. Word count: 1000-2500. Depending on the length and complexity of the article, a piece written to these guidelines may be published in either the Quick Read or Deeper Read sections.
Submissions for this section consist of quality excerpts from theses and essays written by students and recent graduates of MA and PhD programmes. Word count: 1000-2000 words for essays and 1500-2500 words for theses. Depending on the length and complexity of the article, a piece written to these guidelines may be published in either the Quick Read or Deeper Read sections.
This section is for short blog posts by students, graduates, academics, experts, diplomats and practitioners. Written in an informal but informed style, these posts engage the readers in prompt reactions and discussion. Word count: 800-1500. Pieces written to these guidelines will be published in the Quick Read section.
This section comprises interviews with leading actors in the field of human rights and democratisation, reviews of recent books and articles, case studies, reports/outcomes of events or conferences. References should be according to academic standards and the author should engage in critical analysis rather than description. Word count: 800-1500. Pieces written to these guidelines will be published in the Quick Read section.
The TLA Zone
This area of the blog is reserved to those willing to share experiences, testimonies and projects in teaching, learning and applying human rights and democratisation. Submissions consist of written pieces, videos, presentations, pod/webcasts, photo essays, advocacy tools or other creative and action-oriented piece of work. Word count: 1000-1500. Pieces written to these guidelines will be published in the Quick Read section.
Please contact us by email to submit articles and ask any questions regarding possible submissions: RightsBlog@protonmail.com