This month, a word from our editors on contributing to Inside Higher Ed.
Inside Higher Ed runs opinion pieces (called Views) every day -- on policy issues, culture, academic careers, and more. We welcome reader contributions and encourage you to propose ideas. There is no one tone or subject matter we look for. But on policy issues, we are very interested in timeliness, so pieces that can be turned around quickly will have the best chance of being accepted. Generally, think of our pieces as newspaper op-eds, not journal essays. That means no footnotes (although links are fine, and strongly encouraged).
Our website is open to all views, so if you see a piece on one side of an issue, don't hesitate to propose something that takes the opposite stand -- in fact, the timing may be perfect for such a piece. And don't hold back on your views -- whatever they are. We love strongly argued pieces (and much prefer them to mushy "on the one hand, on the other hand" articles). Length can vary from 500 to 2,000 words, depending on the topic, with most pieces running between 800 and 1,200 words. Your best bet is to send a quick summary of your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org before you write up a piece, so you can get feedback from the editors, but you are welcome to send in completed pieces as well.
If you are proposing a piece linked to an upcoming event, please reach out well in advance of that event or a particular date to discuss the idea and scheduling. When people wait until the last minute, we frequently have something else already scheduled.
Don't be afraid to submit even if you aren't a "big name" in academe. We're proud to publish many such big names, but we're equally proud to publish the opinions of people who may not be famous -- and we regularly get great submissions from grad students, adjuncts, entry-level administrators and others who aren't remotely famous -- but have great ideas.
Many pieces are based in part on ideas that come out of authors' experiences at individual colleges. And those experiences can be quite compelling. But we tend not to run pieces along the lines of "this is why my college is wonderful."
Write for a broad higher education audience. We want pieces about college finance to be sophisticated to those who work in finance, but understandable to professors, and pieces about research or curricular issues to be understandable to the CIO or CFO and cutting edge to faculty members.
We always welcome your questions and suggestions.
Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman
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