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The Chifley Research Centre regularly publishes articles and research to advance progressive thinking and develop the Labor culture of ideas. This page is designed to assist current and future contributors.

Does the Chifley Research Centre publish unsolicited contributions?

Yes. The Chifley Research Centre is always happy to receive proposed articles from unsolicited contributors. Please read the rest of editorial guidelines on this page before submitting your content. We will usually respond to your submission within seven days of receiving your article, to inform you if we will publish your contribution or to encourage you to submit again in future.

How do I submit?

Please send your article to ideas@chifley.org.au

What type of content is the Chifley Research Centre interested in publishing?

The Chifley Research Centre publishes a wide range of content including op-eds, research and think-pieces written from a progressive point of view. Your content should be interesting, well researched, factual and original. Please make sure you have checked any facts presented and ideally you should provide references to support specific claims.

Do you re-post articles?

The Chifley Research Centre does have the capacity to re-post an article. If your article has (or will) be published elsewhere, please note the publishing website, date of publication, and link if it is available, when contacting us. If we decide not to re-post, we may instead choose to promote the article as ‘Progress is Happening‘.

What topics is the Chifley Research Centre interested in publishing?

The Chifley Research Centre publishes on a wide variety of subjects. We are particularly interested in articles that deal with the following topics:

  • new progressive economic ideas
  • new methods for social democratic government
  • international perspectives and comparisons
  • policy commentary in a historical context

What is the editorial process?

The Chifley Research Centre retains full editorial control over the work that we publish, in consultation with contributors. It is not uncommon for us to provide feedback on how we think the piece could be improved for our readers. Depending on the topic and urgency, we may make the amendments ourselves, or we may ask you to provide a revised article based on our feedback. This is designed to be a collaborative process with the author. We will make every effort to inform you of when we expect to publish. Whilst we welcome authors to submit their articles with headlines and teasers, we reserve the right to edit the headline and teaser without consultation. Undertaking a redraft at our request is not a guarantee that the article will be published.

What are the article specifications?

Length – 350 words to 800 words is the preferred length, but longer pieces will be considered.  These may be published in more than one part.

Style – Please avoid jargon and undefined acronyms. Write your article for an informed audience, but who are not necessarily experts on your topic.

Formatting – You are welcome to format your article with subtitles, bullet points, numbering, italics and bold text, but we retain the right to alter all formatting. Please submit your article in the body of an email or as a Word document. Do not submit your article as a PDF.

Tables and graphs – We encourage the use of data visualisation in the form as tables and graphs. Please use an online service so that we can embed the graph in your article and ensure they always look excellent. We recommend datawrapper or infogram. Please provide us with the embed code.

Will I be paid for my article?

We are not able to pay unsolicited contributors to our blog.  We are very grateful to the many authors who donate their content to our blog.

Commissioned research and publication for the Chifley Research Centre is funded by negotiation.

Should I include references?

Yes, we encourage the use of references in all content. Please provide all references as links in square brackets or as an in text hyperlink.

Two appropriate examples:

New York City recently faced a measles outbreak [http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/14/3408461/measles-outbreaks-cities-vaccination/].

New York City recently faced a measles outbreak.

Please do not provide your references as a list at the end of the article.

Should I use footnotes?

No, please reference as per the previous question for our online publication.

Do I have to include images?

No, you don’t have to include an image to accompany your content. However, if there is an image that would suit your piece, please inform the editor. If you are providing an image, please make sure that you have the required permissions and that the image is of reasonable quality.

What else do I need to provide?

Prior to publication of first-time authors, the Chifley Research Centre will need:

1) A headshot or photo that can be cropped to 250 x 250 pixels. Please ensure that the photo is of reasonable quality.

2) A biography no longer than 100 words, or one paragraph.

3) Details of your twitter account, blog or public facebook page (not your facebook profile), if you wish.