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Guidelines for
Blog Submission

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We want to publish your heterodox perspectives on higher education, academic research, teaching, and learning on the HxA Blog.

The HxA Blog is a platform for contributors to advance our mission, share ideas, and model constructive dialogue on our principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement to improve higher education and academic research.

Articles should be submitted through our submission form in a word document (not a PDF), with citations linked directly in the text, and generally follow AP style. Contributors will be compensated for accepted pieces.

Articles submitted to the HxA blog should explicitly draw connections to higher education and, when appropriate, elements of our core principles and mission. We prioritize articles that have a clear thesis, grab the reader’s attention upfront, and include rigorous citations and evidence.

We welcome original submissions from authors across disciplines and from a range of perspectives through our submission form. All published content must follow the HxA Way, a set of values that fosters robust and constructive engagement across lines of difference.

Submission Guidelines

We accept the types of articles indicated below. Note that the Commentary and Research Briefs categories are exclusive to HxA members.

  • Original Essays (~1,500- 2,000 words): Articles of broad and long-standing interest to higher education audiences; heavily cited and rigorously researched.

  • Book summary or review (~1,000 words): Interesting reviews or summaries of books on higher education and/or mission-relevant topics; summary or review can be on your own book

  • Commentary (~700-1000 words; member-only)

    • Letter to the Editor: Brief responses to published HxA essays

    • Opinion: Brief opinion piece on timely topics and events in higher education

  • Research Briefs (~2,000 – 5,000 words; member-only): Research literature reviews on topics of explicit interest to HxA; popular writing style with academic content. If you are interested in publishing this type of piece, please contact us with a pitch.

Editorial Process

Here is what to expect when you submit an article to the HxA blog.

Review Timeline
All submissions are subject to review by our editorial team. It is our policy to reply to all submissions via email within two weeks, though we strive to reply as soon as possible, especially for pieces that are on timely topics. However, due to the volume of submissions or holidays, this is not always possible.

Revisions and Edits
Our Editorial process consists of 1-2 rounds of revisions for Essays and Book Reviews. If you are submitting a Commentary piece, we strive for minimal edits, which necessitates a high quality initial submission.

Original Articles
Except in special circumstances, we do not accept articles that have been previously published or are under review elsewhere.

As a 501c3, Heterodox Academy is legally forbidden from advocating for or against any particular political candidate, political party, legislation, or ballot initiative. Although individual contributors speaking for and as themselves, are not necessarily bound by these restrictions, we are nonetheless generally averse to publishing content that could jeopardize our 501c3 status.

By publishing on The HxA Blog you grant HxA full permission to disseminate the piece on all our channels in a manner we deem best, and consent to your work being freely utilized within the confines of our syndication restrictions and guidelines. All of our blog content falls under a Creative Commons license (Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivatives 4.0 International), allowing it to be syndicated for free, at will, without asking permission from HxA.

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