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Guest Post Submission Guidelines for ADHFMR Blog

Guest Post Submission Guidelines for ADHFMR Blog

We welcome guest post contributions to our ADHFMR Working Group website blog.  The following Submission Guidelines will provide an overall idea on how to submit a posting to the Blog. If you need further information, we would be happy to discuss further with you.  We can be contacted with any enquiries at:  [rowshonrumana@gmail.com or p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk].

  1. Thematic focus

contribute-to-theblogWe welcome both textual and audio-visual contributions from activists, academics, practitioners, students and scholars. Contributions will broadly cover one or more of the following themes:

  • Refugee and forced-migration history;
  • Reflections on current news issues within refugee and forced migration studies;
  • Articles and report highlighting local projects and libraries/archives/community groups working on history of forced-migration and refugees;
  • Personal accounts and testimonies on Mediterranean Migration Crisis;
  • Policy discussions on any aspect of the refugee, migration and displacement experience;
  • Research ethics and methodological issues in archiving and documenting the history of forced migration and refugees;
  • Oral history methodologies for the preservation of the refugee and migration narratives/testimonies;
  • The role of archives in documenting the migration and refugee history;
  • Book, article and report reviews on history of refugees and migration.



  1. How to submit your contribution to us

All submissions to the ADHFMR Working Group blog should be made electronically, in Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or in compatible format and should be e-mailed as an attachment to Paul Dudman [p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk]. Please make sure your email is clearly marked with the words “ADHFMR Working Group Blog Guest Post” in the subject line.

Please send an accompanying image with your text, if possible. Images are not to be inserted into the text, but are to be sent as a separate attachment. If the image is from the internet then please send a link as well. For important copyright information, please refer to the Images section below for further information. A brief author’s biography of no more than three sentences is also required. If you would like to consult about topic selection or to propose a specific topic, you can forward your questions or suggestions to the blog editor, Rumana Hashem [rowshonrumana@gmail.com].

All articles will be edited by the ADHFMR Working Group’s blog editorial team and we will refer back to you with any feedback or suggestions that we might have. If your article is selected for inclusion in the ADHFMR Working Group, please ensure you send us a final version of the article with any suggested edits or changes made to the final document (and with no tracked changes remaining).

  1. Ethical Considerations


Contributors shall be responsible for the factual accuracy of their work and for the overall truthfulness of the content submitted.


We respectively ask all contributors to ensure that any contributions are genuinely their own work and that any call-for-ppersquotations or other attributed content are duly referenced within the work.  Unattributed use of other people’s work is not permitted.  Responsibility for any plagiarism issues will rest with the author.

Blog Comments

Whilst all comments and replies to blog postings on the ADHFMR Working Group website are moderated, if you would prefer your posting not to receive comments do please let us know in advance. Please also report any offensive or unwarranted behaviour.

Creative Commons license

All content published on the ADHFMR Working Group website will be under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International, whereby work can be quoted or reproduced elsewhere as long as it is properly attributed and linked back to the ADHFMR Working Group, provided this is for educational and/or not-for-profit use and not for commercial use.


  1. Conventions


Blog posts should be between 800 and 2000 words in length.
Book reviews for the blog should normally be between 600-1000 words in length.

Information to be submitted with your text

  • Title of the paper, set in bold.
  • Your name directly below the title.
  • A link to your academic and/or Twitter profiles.
  • Two or three keywords.
  • A caption for your image.
  • The source of your image and any copyright information in brackets.


Contributors are strongly encouraged to provide an illustration with their post. This may be a photograph, a graphic or a cartoon. Pictures can be in gif, png, jpg or jpeg format.
Please note that it is essential that we have permission to publish the image, either through a Creative Commons license or through explicit written permission from the copyright owner. Please provide a link to the source of the image if the image is from the internet.

  1. ADHFMR Working Group Style Guidance

For contributions to the ADHFMR Working Group blog, we want to try to keep the content as engaging as possible, and will therefore try to keep our style guidance to a minimum.


Potential content for the blog should aim to follow the broad thematic guidance given at the top of this document.  Opinion and commentary is welcome, even if provocative, is certainly encouraged as long as it is provable and accurate.  For further details, please content the editors:  [p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk; rowshonrumana@gmail.com].

Please note any inaccuracy or distortion of facts will resort in contributions being returned.

Font, Language and Style

We prefer Arial as font and 11 font size for this blog. We would like contributions to be engaging and interesting, and also to be accessible to a wide readership. Whilst the bulk of our readership may be based either in academia or in policy research, we would like if possible for contributions to be able to engage with a broad readership that includes academic and policy research, the media and also the general public. We would recommend contributors’ writing should aim to be clear, concise, compelling, direct and accessible to a broad audience.

Spellings and Quotation Marks

  • Either UK or US spellings for any article, wherever the author is based. Please do NOT use UK and US spellings in the same article. See the style guide below for further details.
  • Contributions should follow English conventions for the spelling of place names.
  • Imported foreign terms and Latin phrases should be italicised (e.g. de facto, per se).
  • Spellings in quoted texts should not be altered. If they are obviously incorrect, insert [sic].
  • We prefer double speech marks for quotations, and single speech marks for quotations within quotations.


When referencing content for use in contributions, the ADHFMR Working Groups prefers the Harvard Style of referencing. When referencing contributions, Please consider the use of Links, in-text citation and endnotes when editing your work. Note, each of these will be outlined below.


We would recommend that if you are referencing an item which exists online, it is preferable to use in-text links to reference this item. Links should be descriptive where possible and try to avoid using the terms `link’ and `click here’.

Where possible, contributors are advised to confirm the relevance and validity of any link references they plan to use prior to submission.

In-Text Citations:

When referencing a quotation in the text, please use in-text citations where possible. These would normally be in the form of:

“This is the quoted text to reference.” (Dudman, 2015, p.472).

A full bibliography including the list of references used in the formation of the contribution should be included at the end of the work.


Bibliographical references should follow the Harvard referencing format. Selected examples include:

Lewis, R. and Inglis, J. (1994) How to write reports: the key to success. London: Collins.

Smith, J., Jones, W., March, M. and Chapman, B. (2004) Harvard citations in easy stages. London: Academic Press.

If you are based within a UK academic institution, you may have access to Cite Them Right, wither as a book or via the Cite Them Right website.  This is an invaluable guide to referencing in the Harvard format.


The views expressed on this blog are attributable to their individual authors writing in their personal capacity only, and not to any other author, the editors, or any other person, organization or institution with which the author might be affiliated unless explicitly stated so.


Please note these guidelines are intended to give the blog some consistency; they are not meant to quash your individual voice. For further questions please contact the editors on [p.v.dudman@uel.ac.uk, rowshonrumana@gmail.com].


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