The editorial team
The FERSA blog is edited by a small team who volunteer to review submissions, manage the website, and provide direction to the blog.
- Seema Nath, Editor
- Pia Kreijkes, Editor
- Michelle Anya Anjirbag, Editor
Members of FERSA, alumni of the Faculty of Education, or those affiliated with the University of Cambridge are welcome to make a submission that is relevant to the FERSA blog community. The editors will occasionally consider guests post from other members of the public.
The editorial team invites submissions of around 500-1000 words about experiences being a researcher; research summaries; responses to research, policy, or current events; or any other relevant topic. Submissions must have a personal angle to be considered for publication on the blog.
Contributions should have a wide appeal to current or future graduate students at the Faculty of Education, research students around the world, and the wider academic community. Proposals and outlines for possible articles are particularly welcome; the role of the editorial team is to provide support and feedback for ideas in any stage of development.
Articles should be well informed, accessible and written in a natural tone. Submissions must use inclusive and non-derogatory language and may not contain profane, obscene, rude, or illegal material. Authors are responsible for ensuring their work does not violate intellectual property rights. Promotions of goods, services, or financial appeals will not be considered.
Other forms of media such as photos, drawings, or videos are also welcome. In such cases, the editors may recommend including written descriptions or explanations to increase accessibility of the content.
All submissions will be reviewed. The editors may propose revisions or edits; the purpose of these is to improve suitability for the blog and readability for all audiences. If the editorial team feels that the submission does not fit within the blog’s remit, the editors may propose alternate avenues of sharing the article.
In line with the blog’s goals of encouraging discussion, sharing ideas, and contributing to educational research, a variety of opinions will be shared. Critical and positive responses to articles may be accepted in the comment section or as its own entry, provided they are constructive and adhere to the submission guidelines.
Contributing to the blog
Those wishing to submit an article to the blog should contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org with a proposal or a completed article. Complete submissions should be about 500-1000 words long and should be sent in Microsoft Word format, with your name in document name. Documents should follow basic APA formatting (i.e. Times New Roman typeface, size 12, 1.5 spacing).
Links to other sources such as reports, research, resources, news, academic groups and other blogs may be included; open access sources are preferred to those behind paywalls. To keep the natural tone of the blog, links may be used for references instead of traditional parenthetical citations.
Following submission, the editorial team aims to provide prompt feedback and revisions, usually within a fortnight. Authors then have the opportunity to make revisions before agreeing on a final version with an editor. Authors will then be asked to provide a short biography (3-4 lines which may include research interests and social media information) and a photo for the entry (the author must have permission to use).
The editors will keep the author informed about the estimated date of publication. After publication, the author may make additional minor changes if warranted. Unless otherwise noted, articles remain sole copyright of their respective author(s).
Tips for getting successfully published on the FERSA blog
- Keep a broad audience in mind when writing — avoid dense language, academic jargon, and unfamiliar acronyms.
- Avoid sounding like a journal article. Don’t say, “In this paper, I will…” or “The paper aims to…” Just dive right in!
- Keep sentences and paragraphs short.
- Think like a journalist; lead with the exciting bits.
- Minimise parenthetical citations. If something else is worth talking about, link to it and talk about it. (Also, citations require a bibliography, which counts towards your word count!)
- Edit your piece for errors before submitting it; ask a friend to check that it flows nicely.
- Don’t be dismayed if your piece comes back with edits.
- When your article is published, share it on social media and engage with others about it.