Web•Tech•Law’s focus is the intersection of the Web, technology and the law. On the one hand, stories on this blog should deal with elements of the Web and/or technology. On the other, it explores what happens when those elements meet the law and challenging policy considerations? Purely legal or Web/technology articles don’t usually fit this blog so when you write for Web•Tech•Law, focus on those intersections and the interesting stories that emerge there.
People become contributors by invitation. You receive an invitation by getting in touch with me and discussing the kinds of articles you’d like to publish. If we agree that your work would be a good fit for the blog, I’ll invite you to submit articles.
Guidelines for submissions
I prefer regular contributions. It’s ok if you want to write an article a week, every two weeks or even monthly but try keep your contributions regular. Rather submit less frequently if it means your articles will be better quality and more considered.
As a general guide, articles should be around 500 to 700 words long. Longer pieces are good too but remember these guidelines in general:
- Longer articles should use headings to give the article more structure and help readers quickly ascertain why the article has value for them?
- Write like a human, not a lawyer. Many lawyers don’t understand other lawyers, non-lawyers really don’t understand legal jargon. Write clearly and simply enough to convey your points.
- Choose a title carefully. It shouldn’t be longer than 6 words and it should contain a keyword that best encapsulates your article’s theme. Use that keyword in the first few words of your first paragraph, if you can, and use it in a subheading if appropriate. Also make sure you use it a couple times in the body of your article (not too much).
- Attribute any materials you quote from or use in your article. If you plagiarize, I’ll remove your work from the site. Make sure that any materials you use is licensed for use in your article or there is a legitimate copyright exception to cover it.
- Link to sources. We work in a link economy and linking is how we make our contribution to keeping that link economy alive.
- I enjoy using embedded content where relevant. I believe it makes the content more dynamic and engaging so feel free to include links to tweets, YouTube videos and even Facebook lists to be embedded in your articles. Obviously, use those embedded links when they are appropriate and add value to the submission.
I want the content on this blog to be accessible and I’ve decided to license materials on this blog under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 license. If you submit to this blog, you agree to license your content under this license, at the very least.
How to submit articles
Once I’ve invited you to become a contributor, there are two ways to submit articles for publication:
- Upload your articles directly to the site using the usual WordPress post editor. When you save it, it will be held in draft form for me to edit and publish. I’ll refer it back to you if there is anything you need to review before publication.
- Share your draft article with me in a Google Docs document. Share it with Paul at webtechlaw dotcom. I’ll review it there and mark up any edits or comments for you to review.
Please include any images or links you want to use inline in the draft article. Images within articles should be at least 1,000px wide (unless you want to wrap text around the image) and featured images must be at least 1,500px wide. A great source of freely available stock images is http://librestock.com.