Contribute to Democratic Audit UK

Please email the Editor at democraticaudit@lse.ac.uk if you wish to contribute an article. DA can also be contacted on 020 7955 6689. Our blog team are happy to advise and help authors, so you are welcome to propose ideas informally to them.

We encourage submissions of posts on how to enhance our democracy or setting out new research, communicated in an accessible way. Our remit covers all aspects of democracy in the UK including elections, participation, accountability, constitutional reform, devolution and human and civil rights. Our ‘themes’ can be found here. We are also interested in enhancing the broader understanding of democracy in a global context.

All submitted contributions are reviewed speedily by the blog team. We will sometimes come back to you and suggest some edits, revisions or possible links to add in, but authors are free to accept these ideas or not. In the hopefully rare cases where the General Editor cannot accept a post, authors can appeal to our Advisory Board and we will ask two members to adjudicate the issue.  See further information on our editorial process.

Some specific guidance for authors is:

  • The length of posts on Democratic Audit is generally 800 to 1,200 words.
  • Please attempt to keep in mind at all times the importance of writing accessibly in a manner that can be readily understood by an educated and discerning, though not necessarily academic audience.
  • Authors of material relating to overseas countries or international issues should do their best to ensure that their post relates in some way to our remit of democracy in the UK.
  • We are keen to include tables, charts, maps or relevant photographs where possible – please note advice on formatting from our General Editor.
  • Posts should use embedded hyperlinks in the text rather than bibliographic references. Authors should include links for any substantive sources of information referred to in the post.
  • Democratic Audit uses ‘narrative’ titles for posts – titles should consist of a short statement of the key argument or findings in the post.
  • Posts usually include a short biography and headshot or avatar (optional) for the author.
  • It is advisable for new contributors to read a number of posts on the site to understand Democratic Audit’s posting style.

We will also deposit articles in LSE Research Online. All of our articles are published under a Creative Commons licence, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).  For further information click here.

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