CONTRIBUTOR GUIDELINES

PUBLICATION PROCESS

1. General Publication process

We pride ourselves on providing our community with timely, high quality and valuable content from great minds in the industries.  To maintain these standards we ask our contributors to adhere to the following guidelines.

2. Submitting content

The original content can be submitted via e-mail to the Editor’s  office press@unionofexcllence.com. Each file must be no more than 4mb. Within that constraint, files larger than 2mb should be compressed to .zip format. 

File Formats

Supplementary material files should be submitted in the following formats:

  • Files that contain text, an images such as news or information about the fashion-, entertainment-, luxury or art industry, should be submitted in .pdf format or source files such as .doc format (just like the main body of an accepted paper).

  • Pictures should be submitted separately to the text document. 

  • Tables, infographics, (f.Ex. statistics about our relevant industries) etc., should be provided as JPEG or .pdf files. 

Instructions to subjects, forms, and other material that seems useful to have in usable form should be provided in the format in which it was originally created. Material that is only available in hard copy can be scanned and submitted as .pdf files.

3. Content Guidelines:

1. All posts must be at least 300 words and may contain relevant images, videos, and outbound links that improve the overall experience of our community. Irrelevant hyperlinks will be removed and submissions containing keyword stuffing will be rejected. Note: All links must naturally fit into the sentence/article and provide value to the reader. Posts may not contain affiliate links. For more information, see Linking Guidelines below.

2. Posts may not be promotional or advertorial. We do not publish company-specific news, or content reading similarly to a press release from a company. Contributors are welcome to include a relevant CTA (Call to Action) at the end of their posts. This may be either image- or text-based (1-2 sentences).

What counts as an acceptable CTA: 
  • A download for some sort of content resource (guide, report, white paper, eBook, etc.)

  • Registration for an event  (live event)

  • Gallery (link to a non-advertised gallery)

What does not count as an acceptable CTA: 
  • A call to visit a company website

  • A call to follow the company on social media, including social profile links

  • A call to subscribe to email newsletters and other related subscriptions

  • A call to contact a company, including all forms of contact information

3. Author bios for individual contributors must be placed in the user profile and may not be included within the text of the post itself. If multiple authors wrote the post, it will be published under one name and the other authors’ names may be included in a by-line at the bottom (no bio information or links may be included).  Example: “John Smith and Sam Miller also contributed to this post.”

4. Given the large volume of posts that we receive daily, we ask that your posts please be in a ready-to-publish state consistent with our existing content when you submit them for final review. While we review each post and may adjust formatting as needed, posts requiring heavy editing may be rejected.

5. Authors submitting posts manually are responsible for checking the status of their posts to see if there are any edits required, as well as for making those edits and resubmitting the posts. Please note that when edits are needed on any submission to make them meet our guidelines, it will take longer for those posts to publish.

6. All contributors are responsible for the originality and accuracy of their submissions. Any contributor found to be plagiarizing any percentage of his or her content will be subject to an investigation of his or her entire body of work. If found guilty of plagiarism, the offending author will be banned from the UnofEx community with all content removed.

What counts as plagiarism (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Copying another person’s work and submitting it as your own, word-for-word.

  • Copying another person’s work and changing some words or phrases.

  • Copying any part of another person’s work, whether changing words or not.

  • “Spinning” another person’s work.

  • Using another person’s idea as your own, including the progression, flow, and main points of a post, examples, images, etc.

  • Copying content from any website, whether an author is given or not.

7. Content should be relevant to our site and audience of business professionals.

8. Quotes should serve a purpose within the post and not be used simply to get a link back to a company page. We will ask for thin quotes and their accompanying links to be removed.

9. Please allow one week for posts to go live. All post publication & editing is done at the discretion of  UnofEx.

 

4. Linking Guidelines:

1. No more than 3 links should point back to any domain. While lots of internal links make sense on your site, on ours, they can come across as being spammy.

Acceptable links:
  • Relevant articles and blog posts

  • Research or data

  • Resources that will genuinely benefit the reader and make sense in the context of the post

Unacceptable links:
  • Affiliate links

  • One’s own company links (homepage, About Us, Contact, Prices, Products, etc.)

  • Product/service/pricing pages

  • Category/tag pages

  • Company social profile links — please place these in your UnofEx profile instead.

2. No link building. If we believe that you are contributing content for the sole purpose of building links for yourself or others, we will either ask for such links to be removed or simply not publish the post.

3. We reserve the right to remove or nofollow any link at our discretion.

If you are submitting a post in which any link must be included, it is likely not going to be a good fit for us, as that would constitute as sponsored content. Please be prepared for any included link to be removed.

5. Preparing supplementary material

 

Title

The title of the Supplementary material should be as follows:
Supplement to "[title of the article]" +

 

Picture 

Picture for the headline should be 1600-2400px wide, (300-800kb)

Description

Each file submitted should contain (text file, pictures, links-to relevant videos). Please read (3.1) Content Guideline for more details about the content.

Submitting final versions: Please note that in order to avoid delays in publication, in case there are extensive changes after acceptance authors should bring these to the attention of the coeditor who handled the manuscript, together with a brief explanation of the changes, before sending the final version to the managing editor.

These guidelines are subject to change at any time. Contributors are responsible for making themselves aware of changes and adhering to them.

Disclaimer: Submitting content as an UnofEx contributor constitutes an agreement to these posting guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your contributor accreditation being revoked.

Updated: 18, September 2018

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