About the blog and how to contribute

About the blog

The BSG Blog is a hub for news, analysis and debate about public policy. It also provides insight into the activities and outlooks of students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Blavatnik School of Government. Topics are divided into two main strands:

  1. Public policy challenges that government face across the world at the global, national and local levels in order to enhance debate and provide a forum for discussion.
  2. Life at the School including admissions updates, tips and guidance for applications, events and students’ experiences.

How to contribute

We encourage submissions from any members of the BSG community from 750 to 1,250 words that are communicated in an accessible way.

The Communications Team would be happy to advise and help, so you are welcome to contact them to discuss ideas informally.

To submit an article for consideration, please e-mail it to the Communications Team at the following address: comms@bsg.ox.ac.uk

The Communications Team will acknowledge the submission as soon as possible and review the article. Where needed, the article will be edited to enhance readability and maintain a consistent style. Edits may also include shortening of text and change of headline.

Occasionally, an article may not fit the blog’s aim and vision; should that be the case we will advise authors on how best to rewrite articles so that they can be published.

We welcome image submissions to illustrate the blogs, as long as it original material owned by the contributor.

We also accept reproduced articles (with permission of the original publisher secured by the author), however we regret that we cannot accept blog posts from members of the public.

Notes for contributors

All contributions are an individual’s own and are not necessarily representative of the views of the Blavatnik School of Government or any other party. Contributors are solely responsible for the material and for any claims relating to its content.

All original content on this blog is subject to the University of Oxford’s terms and conditions for ownership, liability and use.

Articles that are reproduced from elsewhere may be subject to the terms and conditions of the respective source sites.

Some style tips

We have compiled a list of the main style points to keep in mind:

Audience, length and style

  • To keep articles accessible and engaging, we suggest to stay within 750-1,200 words. We can post longer essays if appropriate, but please discuss with the team first.
  • Write with a wide audience in mind: we want the blog to be engaging for the public, including policy makers and other non-academics.
  • We recommend using a natural style, so avoid jargon and specific terminology that might not be well known outside of your field.
  • Use short paragraphs with four or five sentences.
  • Lead with your best argument and present it with evidence

House style

  • Minimise use of bold, underlining, and italics for emphasis.
  • We use British English spelling – e.g. “organisation” instead of “organization”.
  • Use ‘per cent’ instead of %.

Referencing

  • We prefer to use links rather than citations for references. Links should direct readers to more detailed reports or other pieces of research, news articles or other blog posts.
  • Please insert a hyperlink at the relevant point of your argument that you’d like to reference or simply place the URL in parentheses where you would like it to be placed and we will link it.
  • Please try to avoid using footnotes wherever possible and integrate material directly into the text.

Comments policy

We welcome comments on all blogs and will accept any constructive comment that contributes to debate, including criticism. If you want to post a comment, you will be asked to provide an email address – this will not be shared publicly. Comments need to be approved by a moderator before being published, so there might be a slight delay in posting. Any comments containing inappropriate or offensive language, or considered to be offensive, will be edited or removed.

Contact us

For any further information, please contact us at comms@bsg.ox.ac.uk or visiit the Blavatnik School of Government‘s website.