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Our Editorial Policy

hand-laptop-notebook-typing-largeThe Reviews Hub does not accept unsolicited reviews, previews and articles. Anyone wishing to submit or suggest an article of interest to our readers should email us in the first instance.

However, we strictly enforce the following rules:

  • Content should not contain imagery or other forms of communication that seek to cause offence to others on the grounds of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or belief, or any other personal characteristics
  • No copyrighted material (Used without owner’s permission)
  • No explicit advertising of goods and services or promoting a commercial venture
  • Content that is libellous or misleading will not be supported. However, the lawful definition of “Fair comment” applies in this case.
  • Articles and/or comments that contain abusive language against other community members or site users will not be supported.
  • Contributions by individuals who habitually publish above mentioned discouraged content will be blocked
  • Content from one person that seeks to overrun the site with its message to the detriment of other users will not be accepted
  • Images that contain violent or upsetting imagery are not acceptable.

Comments posted about another person’s content will not be approved if they are:

  • Belittling the contributor because of their language skill or word choice
  • Insulting or name-calling
  • We rigorously check that contributors of comments are not related to a particular production or practitioner involved in that production (ie, if you don’t like a review that mentions you, don’t get your Mum to pose as a member of the public – we can spot it a mile off!)

The right to reply is central to the ethos of these guidelines and we encourage responsible debate and discussion.

Opinion article guidelines

DO have an opinion and state it forcefully. Many opinion pieces submitted are explanations of an issue rather than knowledgeable arguments about an issue. Those won’t be published.

DO be civil. It’s perfectly appropriate to criticise strongly ideas, reasoning or positions that you disagree with. But it is not appropriate to make personal attacks.

DO present the case from the top down. It’s usually better to begin with the premise of your opinion rather than assembling the facts and presenting a conclusion at the end.

DO be timely. We prefer articles about current events rather than something that happened last year.

DO be patient. For features, we usually work at least a week in advance.

DON’T submit a long article and ask for an editor to review it before being willing to cut it to meet the requested word limit. To be taken seriously, articles should fall within the guideline of between 500 and 1000 words, plus image.

DON’T demand reviews of editing or headlines. Most editors are willing to discuss editing changes for brevity or clarity but won’t tolerate diva behaviour. Titles on articles submitted are rarely used because of specific formatting requirements for digital publication.

DON’T submit the same piece to different publications. We only publish unique content and we proactively check for plagiarised content.

DON’T use specialised jargon. Use common English.

 

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