Contribute

Do you have an idea for an article? Would you like to write for us? Have you attended a recent GPC event? Then please get in touch. We are looking for articles, short videos or podcasts on dispute resolution.

If you are interested in contributing or if you have ideas for an article please contact blog@gpcseries.org

Content Guidelines:

  1. Content should be relevant to the themes of the GPC and the blog audience and be written in the form of short snappy, trend or news pieces.
  2. All posts must be between 400 and 800 words and may contain relevant images, videos, and outbound links with the permission of the copyright owner.
  3. Posts must be written in plain English, do not use legalese, as these should be accessible to non-lawyers.
  4. Content must be the author’s own work. All contributors are responsible for the originality and accuracy of their submissions.
  5. Posts may be cross-published from e.g. a law firm/institution blog, however this must be explicitly stated/linked back to original site. Posts may not be promotional or advertorial.
  6. Posts must be submitted in a ready-to-publish state consistent with our style guidelines, posts requiring heavy editing may be rejected or take longer to be published.
  7. Publication and editing of posts is at the discretion of the GPC Series. Please allow at least one week for posts to go live.

 

Style Guidelines:

  • Length: Generally between 400 and 800 words.
  • Subject matter: Any subject related to dispute resolution, sticking within the broad theme of the GPC series – this can include interviews, event coverage and related news and trends.
  • Copyright: do not publish material that is copyrighted, images must have the permission of the owner – when using creative commons images make sure the criteria can be met.
  • British English: use UK English unless this will compromise the style of the author. Do a spell check and watch out for common misspellings. Use full words, such as “I will” as opposed to “I’ll”. For extra spelling help, usehttp://www.oxforddictionaries.com.
  • Hyperlinks: insert hyperlinks when making references to websites, articles, events etc. in order to make it easier for the reader to find the information.
  • Footnotes: footnotes may not be used, only information in brackets or embedded hyperlinks.
  • References: references to other publications should be in italics, legislation and case names should also be italicised.
  • Names and job titles: Job titles should have initial capitals, in the body of the text the first mention of a name should be in bold. Commercial entities and arbitration/mediation institutions are also bolded.
  • Quotes: when using direct quotes make sure you have the quotee’s approval before submission. When using a quote from an official press release, state that the quote has been taken from a statement e.g. XXX said in a statement
  • Events: venues, dates, organisers, sponsors, speakers etc. should be referenced, you may include links where appropriate.
  • Definitions: always define a term initially and abbreviate it in brackets e.g. alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
  • Photos: You may include a photo with the permission of the owner, if using a creative commons licence make sure to reference accordingly. Please send such details and photo attached so we can upload the photo.
  • Titles: Use short catchy titles where possible.
  • Dates: should follow the format, writing out the name of the month e.g. January 1, 2015.
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