The EC Journal Contributor Guidelines
What we're looking for.
Lenght: Pieces should seek to be between 800 and 1200 words. Anything less, you're likely not adding enough substance. Anything over, you're likely adding too much fluff. If your topic of choice is substantive enough, we'll consider a piece over 1200 words.
Topic: Write a piece that makes you excited. You've got an idea for an article that explains why the pickles in the Big Mac are unpatriotic? Go for it. The most read article on The EC Journal is about why the penny is bad. Our articles primarily concern economics, politics, and business — try to keep it within that realm.
However, avoid conspiratorial pieces. Is the water turning the frikken' frogs gay? Alright, cool. But we won't publish the piece.
Sources: The papers you cite are as important, if not more important, as the piece itself. Rely as much as possible on credible sources to back up your claims. When citing statistics and analysis, try to stick to peer-reviewed scholarly sources. If your article cites sources such as Occupy Democrats or Infowars, it will be discarded instantly.
Audience: The EC Journal's primary demographic is men and women of moderate to high levels of education. As such, pieces shall seek to engage and intrigue people with a high level of intellect. Rudimentary pieces are generally left to the sidelines. Still, avoid industry jargon. If you can't explain something simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Style: Your article needs to flow well, it needs to capture the reader and give them a reason to keep reading. The article must be well argued and well reasoned and should lead to a conclusion.
In terms of style guide, we follow the Associated Press Stylebook except for when it comes to the serial (Oxford) comma; using it is a must.
All submission should be made to . Allow one week to pass before writing a follow-up email if we have not gotten back to you. Because of the volume of submissions, it may take time before we get to review your piece.
Include a paragraph about you and your experience. It will serve as both an indicator of your expertise and a way for us to compose an author's bio.
We retain the final decision on a headline for the piece. While you're free to submit your own, our editors have years of experience in determining what type of headlines garners the largest reach across multiple platforms and what will grab the attention of our readers.
You may not submit a piece that has been published elsewhere. The piece cannot either come across as promotional, especially if you're financially involved with the company cited in the article. You must disclose relationships to companies cited in articles.