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Have you got some stories to share about Southeast Asia?
Thanks for your interest in pitching an article idea to the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. This page briefly explains our editorial priorities and shows you what makes a good pitch.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre publishes analysis, opinion and commentary, research findings or summaries of journal articles/papers, reports on conferences, seminars, meetings or rallies, book reviews and announcements about new publications, and photo essays.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre welcomes original contributions that haven’t been published in other media. We cover politics and society in the region, and everything in between, across a wide range of formats. We want articles that are grounded in Southeast Asia expertise, offer fresh observations, and ask interesting questions.

By posting, you’ll be contributing to independent, fact-based debate. Follow these guidelines to help keep things on track.

 

Contributor guidelines

The cornerstone of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is our research excellence. Scholars working on Southeast Asia specialise in an extraordinary range of disciplines from history to law, political science, agriculture, medicine and veterinary science.

Our breadth of disciplinary focus is matched by the range of research topics on offer at the University of Sydney, from human rights and social movements to health, natural resource management, linguistics and literature, among others. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre focuses on five priority areas:

  • Economic and social development
  • Environment and resources
  • Health
  • Heritage and the arts
  • State and society.

Before pitching, please consider browsing through our archives to read what we’ve published on your topic.

Aim to write simply, in a clear and lucid style. Long sentences, and long paragraphs, can confuse the reader.

Please translate all non-English terms. In some instances where there is no equivalent English term it may be acceptable to use a word or phrase in a foreign language with a description of its meaning in English. Use the original language phrase first, and then put the English in brackets. Please use italics for translated words.

When referring to people, please provide the full name on first reference, then refer to the person by their first name in subsequent mentions (there are exceptions).

Excessive use of acronyms can appear messy and distracting when scattered throughout a text. You should not need to use more than three different abbreviations in a standard blog post.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre uses Australian spelling. For the sake of consistency, our editors will make changes to any US/UK spelling and/or punctuation as they prepare your article for posting on the website.

Please provide sources as links rather than footnotes or in-text references. If you are using a quote from another source (newspapers, radio, television), you must provide attribution.

Please provide complete information when referring to laws and regulations, for example: Law No. 3 of 1999 on Human Rights. This will help readers (and us) search for the law if required.

All articles should be sent to sseac@sydney.edu.au as a Word document, including a short bio note at the end. Please also send us your headshot (at least 500 pixels), and any social media or other website details.

You may send suggested images to accompany your post, but you must have the rights to them or they must be creative commons. Photos and illustrations should be visually engaging, high resolution, and submitted as a separate attachment (preferably in .jpg form), not in Microsoft Office documents. Please provide captions, dates and credits with each image. If you wish to use a photo from an external source, please also provide evidence that you have clearance from the publisher.

Submitted posts will be edited before publication. The editorial team will work with authors to revise posts if changes are significant but editors reserve the right to make changes without consultation.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is run by a small team (who have lots of other academic tasks) and receives many submissions. We will endeavour to get back to you regarding your submission within one business week (unless otherwise stated). Please make it clear to our editors if your submission is related to a breaking news story so we can try to deal with it as a priority. Where possible, please submit pieces to allow time for the editing process.

By publishing with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, you agree to our key terms and conditions. That means we may share your article with our regional media partners, and you agree to work with our editorial team to shape your piece for publication. Your article won’t just be proofread but edited for style and readability. We reserve the right to remove any content that breaches our community standards. We take a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination and defamation. We will also remove any commercial content.

…don’t take it personally. We can’t edit and post every submission we receive, and our editors have to give preference to submissions that we think can really provide our readers with something fresh and interesting.

Any questions? Email us at sseac@sydney.edu.au.