Contribute to Democratic Audit UK

Please email the Editor at if you wish to contribute an article. 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. 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 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.
  • Write your article as a standalone piece, even if it summarises material in a longer paper or journal article. Try to present all of your argument and evidence within the text and avoid relying too heavily on information contained in external sources. Remember that many journal articles are behind a paywall and not all readers will have access to them.
  • 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 (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), and other blogs and publications are free to use them, with attribution. If you do not wish your article to be republished anywhere else, please let us know.

How we edit articles

All contributions will be acknowledged by the editor as soon as possible.

In most cases we will edit the piece to make it more readable and accessible to the general reader. This includes the addition of a narrative title and an introductory paragraph.

Where major edits have been made, the final version will be sent back to the author for approval.

 Role of the General Editor

Articles may be referred to a senior editor if they are

  • potentially libellous or defamatory
  • or we have concerns about author’s potential conflicts of interest
  • or may impact on the reputation of the author, the LSE, or the LSE Public Policy Group

In the hopefully rare cases where we cannot accept a blog, authors can appeal to our Advisory Board and we will ask two members to adjudicate the issue.

If you have any questions about our policy, please email us at

How to cite our articles

Academic blogging is a burgeoning area of knowledge exchange that seeks to assist with the dissemination of substantive research and analysis. For those wishing to cite our articles we recommend the following format:

Marsh, I (2013) Parliamentary committees could hold the answer to Britain’s democratic decline. Democratic Audit blog 5th September, 2013 (accessed 08/09/13)

Democratic Audit articles are also deposited in the LSE Research Online database, which you can search here.