Any article submitted will address a statement of belief. (e.g., "I believe in <fill in blank>.") As an author, you will have the opportunity to submit an article on a topic you are truly passionate about; something you truly believe and would like to share with others.
The articles that will be published on the TIBP website will be "peer reviewed" by the TIBP editorial staff. Though less formal than a professional journal, the articles are nevertheless intended to be in-depth—as much as the guidelines permit—and yet clearly written and will need to be researched and referenced appropriately.
Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. So think about what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible. Remember that, though you are interested in your article and topic, others may not be as motivated. We want to encourage and make it easier for everyone to read your article, so keep it simple. We expect our readers to come from all walks of life and with various backgrounds and areas of expertise.
Here are some recommended guidelines:
- At this point, TIBP is asking for "standalone" articles, not responses or debates with other articles already published in TIBP. Your topic may coincidentally disagree (or agree) with another article, but you should own your own topic.
- Keep it simple! Each article submitted should be readily understandable, written in plain, everyday language. The goal is to support your thesis with sound argumentation and rational discourse, while also keeping it readily understandable.
- Never use a long word where a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out. Edit your own work before submission and look for excessive wordiness.
- Never use a foreign phrase, a strictly scientific or philosophical term, or jargon word if you can think of a plain English or non-technical equivalent. If you must use technical language, use a footnote to explain the word or phrase usage.
- Be respectful of other writers who are referenced in your document, even ones you disagree with.
- It is not necessary to have references cited and/or footnotes to support your thesis. However, these should be added if you quote or reference a source and/or to explain possibly confusing words, terms, or concepts. Place any "References Cited" and/or "Footnotes" at the end of the article. (We will format links to go back and forth between the footnotes and the text narrative.)
- Article length should be between 1,500 and 4,000 words, not including footnotes and references.
- Submit documents in Microsoft Word, or plain text format.
- Please include an "about the author" statement. This should be 3-4 sentences on your background.
- When in doubt, check other articles on this web site for proper formatting.
- You will be asked to submit a signed permission statement prior to publication of your article. This will give us limited rights to publish your article. We don't expect exclusive publications, but we also don't want to be the 10th republishing of the same article. (It probably won't present a problem because we have our own submission guidelines.)
- There are no payments or stipends for articles that are submitted and published.
Before you submit your article:
- Have you clearly stated the thesis or purpose of your essay?
- Does the essay, in fact, achieve its purpose (comprehensively cover its theme)?
- Was the essay length and depth appropriate to the topic and within the submission guidelines?
- Was the essay’s style and vocabulary appropriate to the intended audience?
- Are technical words or terms sufficiently defined? Should there be footnotes included in the essay?
- Have you included references, where appropriate?
Topics for Submission
The topics for submission fall under the general rubric: "Things I Believe." There are a wide range of possibilities, but you will need to limit your discussion so you can adequately discuss the topic within the guidelines above. There will be some topics that may be more complex than others, which is fine, just be sure to follow the recommended guidelines.
General Topic Categories (the list below should generate hundreds of article topics)
Where should I send the submission?
Submissions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org