Article submission guidelines
Share ideas and engage in intelligent debate on topical issues relevant to the RSA’s aims.
We welcome your contributions and comments and we encourage you to debate freely with others on the site.
We just have a few simple guidelines that we ask you to abide by:
- We encourage comment on a range of topics and from diverse contributors, but we will only include items relevant to the aims of the RSA (see About the RSA).
- We are keen to encourage pieces that share new ideas for potential projects: using RSA Comment to assess broader interest and as a potential staircase to further development.
- For the benefit of all users, we aim to keep comment as lively and accessible as possible. So, please keep articles as short (typically pieces range from 800 to 1000 words). The best are those that have a central argument, written in accessible and jargon-free language as possible. We do not use footnotes but do like to ground claims in evidence so please embed links where relevant.
- We welcome intelligent and challenging debate, but avoid any pieces that involve personal attacks, are libellous, or offensive. Please respect other people’s views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.
- Any content you submit to us must be your own original work and must not infringe the copyright (or other relevant rights) of others. We do not carry pieces that are already published elsewhere but are happy to agree to republication after on a case-by-case basis.
- This is a platform for people to interact with each other, to share ideas and to make links across RSA’s content platforms. We welcome pieces that refer to recent RSA Journal, events, podcasts or programme content; it is not for marketing or narrow self-promotion. We will reject posts that we believe constitute advertising or spam.
All articles are edited. This will include basic housestyle and while, we aim to keep editing as light touch as possible, sometimes we will include suggestions about making wider RSA links and/or structure. We will edit for sense, grammar and, where necessary, length. Our editors will also write (and may rewrite) headlines.
Moderation – Article submissions
Articles will be sent to our editors for moderation before being posted to the site. Any articles that are deemed inappropriate (for the reasons set out above) will not be posted to the site, with authors informed of the reasons why.
You will receive an email notification when your article goes live and then the RSA will share across its social media platforms. Please include your twitter handle if you have one and want this included.
We encourage discussion among authors and visitors to this platform, so we would ask authors to share their posts with their networks, keep an eye on their posts, engage with readers and, where possible, respond to the comments and conversations prompted by their articles.
Please feel free to share the articles and video on this site via the ‘share/save’ icons.
Submit your article
Please email your Word document to RSA Comment
To make an enquiry related to submissions/moderation, or to give feedback/make suggestions for ways we can improve RSA Comment, email RSA Comment
If you are working on something that you’d like to announce to the Fellowship, but do not feel that the above options are quite right, then you have the option to submit a short 'news bulletin' for the RSA website.
Keep it short and sweet, ideally under 300 words. You can always hyperlink to more information. It should be written in the third person and directly reference you and your relationship to the project/event you're promoting.
Please send your news piece to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a clear subject line: RSA News Item Submission.
Please note that our team is working with reduced capacity during this time which may affect turnaround time from submission to publication.