Guidelines for submissions to the Odysseus Blog
1. Topic and scope
Blog articles should provide a critical legal analysis of current affairs.
We insist that the blog aims to explore issues from a legal perspective and should provide interesting and analytical insight and not simply a descriptive account of new developments. A review of a book or of an event is not excluded as long as it remains analytical. Policy and political elements can be chosen as a subject as long as their analysis remains mainly legal. The blog does not aim at publishing purely political views.
The scope of the blog extends to EU migration and asylum law and policy, including visas and borders as well as institutional aspects related to the field. While the national dimension can be of interest regarding the same issues as above, they should be analysed in the context of the EU law and policy in order to ensure that the article is not mainly interesting for a reader originating from the concerned Member State.
Please have a look at the blog entries already published for examples: http://eumigrationlawblog.eu.
The content of the blog aims to be as widely accessible as possible. For this reason, the languages of publications will be English and/or French. The coordination team may offer when possible translation between English and French.
Contributions are welcomed from academics and practitioners active in the field on an unsolicited basis. Potential contributors include senior or young professors, researchers and graduate students, judges, lawyers, officials and NGO representatives. Recommendations for contributions submitted from beyond the members of the Odysseus Network and the OMNIA Project are more than welcome!
Submissions should be made to the Coordination Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is not possible for contributors to publish directly on the blog website.
The final agreement for publication of the article is given by the editors of the blog. Accepting the submission and forwarding it to the editors of the blog should not be understood as a final decision to publish it in due course. Whenever possible, the Coordination Team and the editors may send a feedback to possible contributors, which should not be understood as a decision to publish the contribution. The Coordination Team will review submissions to ensure that they conform to the guidelines. They will also carry out administrative tasks related to submission, including the final publication of the blog article on the website.
The submissions procedure should be as short as possible to facilitate rapid publication of the blog articles and to remain in line with the most recent news. Our goal is to publish about one article per week with the exception of holidays.
Publication will be carried out by the Coordination Team. Information, relevant web-links and institutional logos related to the contributor should be provided and will be clearly displayed to promote the author’s work. The author’s re-publication of the same text in the language in which it appears on the Odysseus blog should be limited to a personal blog. In cases where the blog is republished in the same language, a link should be included to the Odysseus blog article.
6. Support from the Coordination Team
The Coordination Team is more than happy to provide certain support that contributors may request. This help can include, but is not limited to:
- providing access to certain topical EU documents from the Odysseus Brussels-based team such as newly released EU documents;
- proof-reading services by the English of French native speakers of the Coordination team when necessary.
English or French upon the choice of the author.
The suggested length is between 1000 and 2500 words (approximately two to five A4 pages of a MS Word document typed in font size 12). Experience shows that to be effective 2500 words is an appropriate length. Shorter mood papers will not normally be accepted.
The suggested title must be clear and succinct. In order to optimise search results on internet search engines, the first words of the title should be closely linked to the subject matter. Individual guidance and suggestions to maximise the article’s exposure will be provided by the Coordination Team.
To help guide the reader, the article should be structured coherently and conform to general conventions in academic writing. Sub-headings must be used to clearly structure the content and message of the article.
5. File format
The submission proposal should be sent in attachment to email@example.com in a Microsoft Word or Open Office file. For related technical questions, do not hesitate to contact the Coordination Team at the same email address.
Citations should be used where appropriate and will be inserted in the text through embedded hyperlinks instead of footnotes, which are not allowed.
For example: “The recent Commission Proposal contains…”
To avoid the risk of failed links or incompatible file formats, proposed submissions should employ the following practice: Underline the text to be hyperlinked, and insert between parentheses the full URL.
For example: “The recent Commission Proposal (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-migration/proposal-implementation-package/docs/proposal_for_council_decision_establishing_provisional_measures_in_the_area_of_international_protection_for_it_gr_and_hu_en.pdf) contains…”.