- We are not a magazine or a journal. Each blogger is an independent writer who is responsible for his or her own content and who produces it free of charge for the benefit of those who feel like reading it. There is no full-time paid editor. We do not censor or modify the substance of posts. So if you want to provide specific feedback on a blogger or on a post, it is most appropriate to email that blogger directly or leave a comment in the thread.
- Building on that, you should read every post as if it comes with a disclaimer that “the views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of any other blogger at the Duck of Minerva.” In fact we often disagree with one another, sometimes openly. However we also recognize one another’s right to write freely. We hope that the tone and tenor of comments in the future will reflect this basic notion of academic freedom and express concerns or make corrections of fact without needless ad hominem attacks against individual contributors or the community.
- We expect some basic level of civility from members of our community. We will, at a minimum, edit comments we deem particularly noxious or engaged in unproductive trolling. We reserve the right to disemvowel or delete comments; we will exercise this right at our discretion. Comments that hope for the death of others, for example, will likely be deleted.
Our policies on guest posts and guest blogging, and suggestions for content are as follows:
Guest Posts: These are one-off contributions from others, vetted by and posted by the permanent contributors. They should make a clear contribution to some debate over current events from a social science perspective. We generally do not publish blog version posts of your latest article – rather give us a research-informed op-ed about some foreign policy problem! We are biased toward academics, academics in training, and cognate types. If you’d like to submit a guest post, just send one of the permanent contributors a nice email and we’ll see if we can make something happen.
- Posts should be in the 1000-1500 words range (but could be a bit longer).
- Make sure you use hyperlinks for all sources.
- Write a one or two sentence bio with a hyperlink to your professional webpage at the top.
- Ideas for cover image welcome if your piece is accepted.
- Shorter paragraphs work better on the web.
- Section headings draw attention to the eye.
- Pure advertising for your latest bit of scholarship isn’t quite the right fit. Tie your work to something happening that is topical.
Guest Bloggers: Guest Bloggers get posting privileges for a period and a temporary place on the masthead. We invite IR specialists with a PhD, some active policy or area studies interests, and a penchant for online writing to apply for regular guest blogging stints at the Duck. Guest bloggers should be prepared to post at least 200-500 words, at least once a week, in their area of expertise. Stints generally rotate after a semester or so, but are renewable if we like your work! If you are past graduate school and would like to join us for awhile, send any of the permanent contributors a letter of interest and we’ll get back to you shortly.