Sections of the Article
The Voices’ Process
Writing for Beginners
- Articles are usually between 800 and 1500 words.
- 3-4 images are provided by the author to accompany the article. High resolution images (>100 dpi or between 2-3 MB) are recommended.
- Please ensure you credit the source of the images (whether yourself or someone else) as well as any data/information used that is not directly related to your own work.
- The article is usually read by a diversity of individuals. As such, it is best to ensure terms or acronyms are defined and the language is suited for the general public.
- Articles can be written by multiple authors as long as the main author(s) is from a developing country.
We recommend that your article consider the following sections:
- Introduction to the wider topic: why is your research or work necessary (knowledge/information gaps)
- What were the aims of your work or research? Why did you choose the specific topic or location (justification)?
- Results of your work or research, advise, limitations and potential future research
- Impacts and policy implications
- About the Author: please tell us a bit about yourself (current affiliation, previous work, interests, twitter account, etc).
- Once an author has submitted their article to the Voices blog. We will review it and re-send any edits or suggested changes.
- During this time, we’ll also send you an author invite to the blog so you can directly upload your article and images.
- Once published on the designated/agreed date, we will share your article on our social media (Twitter and Facebook).
Never written an article before? Don’t stress! We’re here to help you and make it as painless as possible!
- Start by making bullet points of the things you’d like to cover in your article. You can divide it by the Sections of the Articles recommended above.
- Use short sentences: 15–20 words is ideal, 30 words is the maximum.
- Ensure that you have 1 main idea per sentence.
- Keep expanding the bullet points with details.
- Avoid repetition.
- Read what you’ve written out loud – does it sound right?
- Avoid unnecessary adjectives or adverbs.
- Avoid unnecessary technical jargons if possible.
- You can check out articles by other authors on our blog as a guide.
For additional guidance, consider articles you liked and what was great about them – was it how they highlighted the problem, the way they made it personal, etc. Ultimately, this is YOUR work and research and we want to hear how YOU perceive the problem and potential solution in the context within which you work.