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Guidelines for contributors about Bad Subjects articles, including language, style and length.

Bad Subjects welcomes articles in a diverse international range of perspectives. All articles should follow these guidelines:

  • Originality: We publish original materials.
  • Translation: We publish English, Spanish, French submissions in the original languages. Accepted articles submitted in multiple languages will be published in each language.
  • Length: Articles typically run 2,000 to 3,500 words.
  • Language: Articles must employ accessible language.
  • Citations: Do not use footnotes or bibliography. If citations are needed, cite within the essay text. However, all sources for ideas must be attributed within the text.
  • Submissions: No abstracts or queries. Send the full text of your article as an attachment, in Microsoft Word, RTF or XHTML formats.
  • Reprints: Only rarely does Bad Subjects reprint previously-published materials, and then only with good cause. Any reprint material requires express permission from the original publishers, or proof that the author retained copyright.
  • Calls for articles: Calls for all current issues are available in the News section of this website.