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Thank you for your interest in writing with us! OpenGlobalRights (OGR) publishes short articles on human rights strategies, data, scholarship and dilemmas. We are a free, multilingual, global resource dedicated to strengthening human rights work by connecting and amplifying a wide range of voices throughout the ecosystem. The discussion we cultivate is international, multicultural, and cross-disciplinary—we consider submissions from any author interested in human rights research, advocacy, or practice. To add your knowledge, experience, or perspective towards this goal, read carefully through the following guidelines and submit a proposal. Please note that due to budget constraints, OGR is unable to offer honorariums or payment for contributions.
1. Submit a Query
To begin, have a look at our previously published articles, and note our accessible, op-ed style of writing. Next, send us a one-paragraph pitch describing your idea, so that we can ensure it fits our mandate. Check if your idea belongs to one of our ongoing series or if would be a better fit with the Readerz.
2. Writing Guidelines
OGR articles are aimed at a general and global audience; we often translate into multiple languages. Please keep these guidelines in mind when drafting your article:
- Keep your submission short: 800-1000 words only.
- Use a minimum of technical, academic or legal jargon; write simply and directly; use short sentences; and consider readers and translators working in other languages.
- Place the most important points at the top.
- Use the active voice. See comparisons between active and passive voice here
- Embed hyperlinks to open sources to support your arguments. We do not publish footnotes or endnotes.
- Whenever possible, link to sources in English or another widely spoken language.
- Provide background information; do not assume readers know about your country or topic.
- Hyperlink to previously published OGR articles when appropriate.
3. The Editing Process
Please submit your query to the editor who initially solicited your article contribution. If your query fits our mandate, we will request a full draft, and begin the editing process. Once your draft is submitted, we will return an edited version with comments, requests, and suggestions. Please return the next draft to us as quickly as possible with changes tracked.
We often send a second version back, as we take the writing and editing process very seriously. Our goal is to make your piece as polished and compelling as possible. Please be patient. The more time we spend editing, the broader your audience will be.
4. Article Dissemination
When your piece is published, we will notify you and ask you to disseminate through your own networks and social media. We will do the same through our multi-lingual Facebook and Twitter channels, and through our weekly newsletter.
5. Cross Publishing
OGR articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Photos, images, and logos are excepted from this license, except where noted. Once your piece appears on our website, you are welcome to publish elsewhere, provided that the other venue provides a hyperlink back to the original publication and notes that “this piece was originally published on [date] on OpenGlobalRights.” Please let us know about the cross publishing, so that we can help promote it through our networks and track for learning and reporting.