Notes to Contributors

The LSE International History Blog welcomes contributions that aim to combine historical research and perspective with current affairs.

Please email your submission and a short bio of yourself to both Blog Editors, Katherine Arnold and Rishika Yadav, at k.e.arnold@lse.ac.uk and r.yadav3@lse.ac.uk. We aim to respond to your submissions as soon as possible.

Length and format

  • We aim for our articles between 500 and 1,200 words.
  • Please send us your draft article in Word format.

Audience, writing style and language

  • Your article should be written with a wide audience in mind, including policy-makers and other non-academics.
  • Crisp prose and short paragraphs are preferred.
  • Both US and UK spellings are accepted, provided one is used consistently throughout the piece.

Referencing

  • Please use links rather than citations for references. Links should direct readers to more detailed reports or other pieces of research, news items or other blog posts. Open access sources are preferred to those behind paywalls.
  • Please insert a hyperlink at the relevant point of your argument that you’d like to reference or simply place the URL in parentheses where you would like it to be placed and we will link it ourselves.
  • Please try to avoid using footnotes wherever possible and integrate material directly into the text.

Biography and contributor photo

  • We’re proud of our contributors, so we like to give them full attribution. Please send us a three to four line biographical note with your submission.

Our editing process

  • In most cases submitted articles will be reviewed speedily by the blog editor, who will edit the piece to enhance readability to the blog’s wider audience. Once these edits are complete, we will send you the final version of the article, and give you an opportunity to make final edits.
  • All articles should be evidence-based. With this in mind, the editor may double-check the factual accuracy of certain points, or ask you for links to supporting information.

Comments Policy

We welcome comments on all blogs and will accept any reasonable or constructive comment that contributes to debate, including strong criticisms. We operate a propriety filter, so comments are routed to the blog editor and not posted for public view until they have been checked, so there will be a brief delay in posting. Please note that we operate our comments system under the following guidelines:

  • Email Privacy: Email addresses are required for commenting, and they are not published on the blog, nor shared. They may be used by the blog editor to privately contact the commenter.
  • Language and Manners: This blog is for a wide audience, and comments which include offensive or inappropriate language, or considered by the blog editor to be rude and offensive, will be edited or deleted.
  • No Personal Attack Comments Permitted: No personal attacks are permitted in this blog’s comments. You may question or argue the content, but not attack the blogger, nor any other commenters.
  • A Comment is Conversation: A comment which does not add to the conversation, runs off on an inappropriate tangent, or kills the conversation may be edited, or deleted.
  • Limit Links: This blog is setup to automatically hold any blog comment with more than two links in moderation, which may delay your comment from appearing on this blog. Any blog comment with more than four links could be marked as comment spam.