Submissions

Submissions should be sent to team@openamericas.org. Include in subject line “Submission – Submission Type.” Please see below for detailed instructions on the submissions process and types of submissions currently being accepted.

About the Submissions Process

Author Bio

If you would like to include a brief, one-line personal bio with your submission, you may do so. Include your degree program or current place of employment.

Additionally, if you would like your name to link to your LinkedIn profile or personal blog, please notify the communications team.

Audience

Open Americas is read by undergraduate and graduate students, international affairs professionals, academics, journalists, policy makers, and interested members of the public.

Disclaimer

OA reserves the right to reject submissions on the grounds of hateful or discriminatory language, the need for significant re-writes, personal or corporate promotion, a lack of professionalism or academic rigor, or if the topic does not align with our needs.

Editing Process

Once your piece has been submitted via email, you will receive a confirmation of receipt. You will then receive a follow-up email notifying you of the status of the submission and any next steps that need to be taken. If you have not heard back from the team in two weeks, we are likely processing a high volume of submissions, but feel free to follow up with a brief message and we will respond to you shortly.

Format

All submissions will be edited for grammar prior to publishing. Keep titles short and break up paragraphs for readability.

Images

If you have an original image that you would like to appear next to your piece upon publication, you may include it with your submission or at the end of the submissions process. Please include the date and location taken along with a brief description of the image. All other images used must be labeled for noncommercial reuse to be published on Open Americas.

Originality

Open Americas takes plagiarism seriously. All submissions will be checked for correct citations of sources and may be rejected on the grounds of incorrect or missing citations. Please hyperlink all citations or use footnotes for physical sources.

If your piece has been previously published elsewhere, please make a note of the original publishing platform and date.

Payment

Open Americas is unable to provide compensation for accepted submissions, but accepted pieces will be widely viewed and shared across our media platforms.

Republication

You are welcome to publish your accepted OA submission on other platforms but be sure to include that it was originally published on OA along with the date of publication. Include a link to OpenAmericas.com.

Style

OA pieces are generally academic in tone, although opinion pieces may read differently. Please see previously published content for examples.

Translation

OA accepts content in any language spoken in the Americas and may translate pieces that are particularly popular. The communications team will ask for the author’s consent prior to beginning this process.

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a regular OA translator.

Word Count

We welcome pieces that are 2,000 words long and shorter, with a few exceptions for well-written, well-researched pieces. OA is also open to publishing longer pieces or series in installments.

Submission Types

Research

  • Briefs – Long, heavily researched articles that provide substantive policy suggestions based on collected evidence.
  • Current events – Shorter pieces on a recent occurrence
  • Essay – Piece that may include narrative or anecdote combined with factual analysis.
  • Press Release – Piece that covers recent event, meeting, conference, etc.

Literature

  • Poetry
  • Short Story
  • Creative Nonfiction

Review

  • Book Review
  • Film Review
  • Television Review

Photography

  • Album or individual photo is fine

Opinion

  • Opinion Editorial

Letters

  • Piece in response to an article published on Open Americas. Please keep your response under 500 words.