OGR publishes short articles on human rights strategies, data, scholarship, and dilemmas. It cultivates an international, multicultural and cross-disciplinary discussion that welcomes viewpoints from any orientation. We consider submissions from any author interested in human rights research, advocacy, and strategy.
1. Submit a Query
To begin, have a look at our previously published articles, and note our accessible, op-ed style of writing. Next, send us a one-paragraph pitch describing your idea, so that we can ensure it fits our mandate. Check if your idea belongs to one of our ongoing series or would be a better fit with the OpenPage.
Queries should include:
An intriguing title for your article - note, however, that we reserve the right to decide on titles to maximize appeal.
A short biography, in 2-3 sentences. Please include only your most important titles and affiliations and country of residence. Hyperlink to your organization, personal website, or recent published works.
A brief outline of your main argument; explain which of our debates you are addressing, if applicable; and describe the evidence for your argument (data, anecdotes, personal experience, etc.).
Note: OGR launched as a section of openDemocracy in June 2013. This current site hosts half our articles, but the full archive remains available on openDemocracy.
Our main operating language is English, but we accept submissions in any language. If you submit in a language we can’t read, we will find someone to describe the piece to us, so that we can see if it fits our mission. If it does, we’ll either edit an English-translated version and then back-translate, or work directly in your submission language.
2. Writing Guidelines
OGR articles are aimed at a general and global audience; we often translate into multiple languages. Please keep these guidelines in mind when drafting your article:
Keep your submission short: 800-1000 words only.
Use a minimum of technical, academic or legal jargon; write simply and directly; use short sentences; and consider readers and translators working in other languages.
Place the most important points at the top.
Use the active voice. See comparisons between active and passive voice here.
Embed hyperlinks to open sources to support your arguments. We do not publish footnotes or endnotes. Whenever possible, link to sources in English or another widely spoken language.
Provide background information; do not assume readers know about your country or topic.
Hyperlink to previously published OGR articles when appropriate
Questions to consider when drafting your piece:
What is the topic you are writing about? Are you responding to a particular article previously published on OpenGlobalRights? If yes, which one(s)?
Why and how does your topic or issue connect with human rights? Why should general readers outside your region, or thematic area, care?
What is the main idea or argument that you would like readers to consider, in one sentence?
What are the three main points supporting your main idea?
Consult our general article drafting template, for further guidance on how you can structure your ideas and text.
3. The Editing Process
Please submit your query to the editor who initially solicited your article contribution or to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your query fits our mandate, we will request a full draft, and begin the editing process. Once your draft is submitted, we will return an edited version with comments, requests, and suggestions within a 1 to 3 weeks, depending on how timely the piece is.
Please return the next draft to us as quickly as possible with changes tracked. We often send a second version back, as we take the writing and editing process very seriously. Our goal is to make your piece as polished and compelling as possible. Please be patient. The more time we spend editing, the broader your audience will be.
4. Article Dissemination
When your piece is published, we will notify you and ask you to disseminate through your own networks and social media. We will do the same through our multi-lingual Facebook and Twitter channels, and through our weekly newsletter.
5. Cross Publishing
OGR articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Photos, images, and logos are excepted from this license, except where noted. Once your piece appears on our website, you are welcome to publish elsewhere, provided that the other venue provides a hyperlink back to the original publication and notes that “this piece was originally published on [date] on OpenGlobalRights.” Please let us know about the cross publishing, so that we can help promote it through our networks and track for learning and reporting.