Internet Policy Analyst Policies and Procedures  

Guidelines for Authors:

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Internet Policy Analyst (IPA). If you work on Internet governance and policy issues in the MENA region, we welcome your submission! To get started, please read the description of the IPA to learn more about the goals and focus of the project.

We publish original writing on several topics: online freedom of expression, data protection and privacy, censorship, and government surveillance. At the moment, the IPA focuses on Internet policy issues in five countries: Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria.

Your piece should be written as an essay or op-ed from your own personal perspective. Submissions should be approximately 500-1000 words in length. You can submit articles in Arabic or English. It is fine to summarize current events, but we also welcome opinion pieces where you take a specific perspective on the issue and then support that perspective with arguments and evidence.

The IPA has a diverse audience. Assume that some of your readers are not familiar with local laws, events, and public figures, so it is important to define acronyms and explain jargon. Some of your readers have deep expertise in policy, governance, and technical issues, but others do not, so try to make your writing accessible to different kinds of readers.

Include 2-3 sentence bio about yourself at the bottom of the page. If you do not want to identify yourself, we will include text saying that the author has chosen to remain anonymous. Please also let us know if you do not want us to promote your article on Facebook and Twitter.

We select articles to publish based on several criteria. We publish articles that:

1. Fit with the IPA subject matter focus and goals
2. Contain well structured arguments supported by facts or evidence
3. Are written in a style that is clear and accessible
4. Cover new subject matter or offer a new perspective on recent events in the region.

Please make sure you are not plagiarizing the work of others. Please also note that we do not publish petitions or policy statements from organizations.

Publishing Process:

If you would like to submit an article, please upload your submission through the IPA homepage. Once you submit your article, a member of our editorial team will read it and contact you with feedback.

If the editor selects your article for publication, the editor may send you suggested edits or requests to clarify parts of the content. The purpose of the editing process is to make sure that your writing is clear, structured, grammatically correct, and free of typos.

If the editor does not select your article for publication, he or she will send you an email and let you know why the article has been declined (for example, concerns about writing quality, subject matter focus, content originality).

Once you and the editor agree that your writing is ready to publish, it will go into a publishing queue. Work is published in the order that it is ready for publication. We publish up to 8 articles every 2 weeks. If more than 8 new articles are ready to publish in a cycle, some authors may need to wait for the next cycle.

If you have any questions about the IPA or the submission process, please email us at [email protected].