Blog Guidelines

SLGR Blog: Guidelines for Contributing Authors

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the State and Local Government Review Blog.  We look forward to sharing your work with our readers.  These basic guidelines are suggestions to help in completing your blog entry.  If you have any questions about your blog contribution, please email the Social Media Coordinator, Tracy Johns, at tjohns@ufl.edu.

Length & Formatting

  • Typically, your blog article should be between 800 and 1200 words, but we are happy to post longer pieces as appropriate. (If your article is considerably longer than 1200 words, please discuss your needs for more space with the Social Media Coordinator.)
  • Please send your draft to the Social Media Coordinator in Word format.
  • Please include a title that summarizes your piece, preferably 20 words or less.
  • Tables, charts/graphs, figures, and/or images should either be embedded as part of the document or included as an accompanying Excel file or image files. Bear in mind that charts, figures, and images work well in this type of medium, while detailed tables may be difficult for readers to fully interpret.  Tables, charts, figures, and images should be clearly labeled and sourced.
  • Links directing readers to more detailed reports, papers, other research, news items, blog posts, and other open-access materials are generally preferred to traditional academic citations (parenthetical notation or footnotes) whenever possible, as many academic sources are behind paywalls. We will do our best to make open links available to referenced SLGR articles.  Please insert a hyperlink at the correct point in your article for a reference, or provide the appropriate URL address in parentheses where you would like a link added and we will do so for you.  If you do include traditional academic references, please be sure to include appropriate bibliographic information for these sources.

Audience & Writing Style

  • Since SLGR reaches both academics and practitioners, your blog article should be written with a relatively wide audience in mind.
  • Try to avoid using academic terms or detailed jargon that may not be well known or understood outside of either academic or field-specific circles.
  • A more “natural” voice, using short paragraphs made up of four or five sentences, is best in this context.
  • Write your blog article as a standalone piece, even if it summarizes a longer paper, journal article, or working project. While we’re glad to link to further readings/materials on your topic (and encourage you to add these types of links in your article), it’s best for readers to get a full understanding of your work from the blog post.

Biography

  • To insure full attribution, please include a brief biographical note with your blog article and, if you’d like, a small/thumbnail photo.