Instructions for Posting Articles

Procedure for Submitting Articles:

  • We STRONGLY recommend that you write your articles off-line, using any word processor and paste the completed article into Tellus article submission form.
  • Do all of your editing, spell checks and fact checking in your word processor. In particular, search for and replace all double spaces following any punctuation marks.
  • We recommend that you SAVE your articles using the same file name as the headline on the article.
  • This establishes your copyright privileges as the owner of the articles. (You do not have to mail a copy of the article to yourself. That’s an old wives’ tale and has not been true for more than a generation.  The moment you hit save, you have copyrighted your article.)
  • DO NOT PREFORMAT YOUR ARTICLES.  All formatting will be removed when you paste your article into the submission form. Do all formatting, including the insertion of hyperlinks, after the article has been pasted into the submission form.
  • Save your work frequently using the “SAVE DRAFT” button at the bottom of the form.
  • When completed, click on “SUBMIT ARTICLE.”
  • Articles must be at least 500 words. Articles should not exceed more than 1,500 words.

Categories:

  •  All articles appear on the home page in the chronological order in which they were published, most recent first.
  • Categories are used to determine which section of the website the article will appear.
  • Only one category per article.
  • We reserve the right to change categories at our discretion.

Headlines:

  • Use Headline case ONLY.  Our version of Headline case is that words with more than four letters are capitalized, unless the word is a proper noun, an acronym or an abbreviation, in which case it is capitalized even if it is less than five letters.
  • Headlines should be 36 to 58 characters.  The format will allow up to 66 characters but that will adversely affect the page format.
  • We reserve the right to change your headline at our discretion.

Featured Image:

  • Every article must have a featured image. The featured image will appear in the excerpt of your article on the Home Page and the Category pages. The featured image will ALSO appear ABOVE the headline for your article when the article is displayed on the screen.
  •  Images must be your own work product or royalty-free images.
  • You can upload any GIF or JPG file  from your computer using the Image Upload feature.
  • Simply click on CHOOSE FILE and select any image.
  • You can use your own picture as your featured image.
  • We reserve the right to replace offensive or otherwise inappropriate images.

Insert Article Text:

  • As described above, simply copy the finished article and paste it into the text form.
  • After you have pasted the article into place, add whatever formatting you wish to add
  • Insert hyperlinks to document sources.  We recommend at least three hyperlinks per article.
  • If you use sub-heads in your article, make sure to use ONLY Headline 3 for your sub-heads.  (We recommend sub-heads for any article that is more than 750 words.)
  • Save your draft frequently when making these changes.

Inserting Inline Images:

  •  You can insert up to five inline images into your article (more with special permission) in order illustrate your content.
  • To insert an image, first you have to have an image to insert on your hard drive in the pictures directory.
  • Images must be royalty-free, common domain materials or your own original work product.
  • To insert an image, position the cursor at the point where you want to insert the image, and click on the INSERT PHOTO button which appears directly under “PASTE ARTICLE HERE.”
  • Select any image listed in your IMAGES directory and the image will appear in your text.

Tags:

  • Tags attract web browsers to your article on the basis of searches that match the tags you have added.
  • They also enable you to give credit where credit is due by citing the individuals and organizations you have referenced in your article.
  • If you mention an individual or an organization in your article, then those individuals and organizations should be listed in the tags. Please limit yourself to eight tags per article.
  • Separate tags with commas.

What Happens When You Click on Submit?

  • Until you are granted full author privileges, your articles will go into the PENDING queue.
  • An automatic email goes out to the Review Editors
  • Editors review articles for bad taste, including graphic pornography and hate speech.  We do not review articles for libel, slander, defamation of character, or plagiarism.  Courts have ruled that we are not responsible for the bad acts of contributors.  You are personally liable for any libel, slander, defamation, or plagiarism committed in your articles.
  • Articles that pass muster will be published immediately.
  • Articles that require superficial editing will be corrected and published.
  • Articles that do not pass muster will be returned to the author with editorial notes.
  • An article may be resubmitted up to three times after which we will not accept that article.
  • Contributors are promoted to author status when they have published their tenth accepted article. After that, their articles are published automatically upon submission.

Expert Tips:

  • Before beginning to write an article., check to see if we have already published a similar article on the same subject. If we have, we may postpone publication of your article for up to three hours.
  • Before copying and pasting your article, do a search for double spaces between sentences. There should never be more than one space following any punctuation mark.
  • As you compose your article, it is a good practice to insert the hyperlinks directly into your text. If you do that, it is much easier to simply highlight the reference text and paste the hyperlink into the hyperlink tool.
  • Do not use Wikipedia as a source. Instead, use the sources cited in the Wikipedia article.
  • Once an article has been published, you can edit the article simply by clicking the edit button at the bottom of the published article. Only an editor can remove an article or demote it from published to pending status.
  • Always remember that this is a collective enterprise. Your articles reflect on other Tellus authors as their articles reflect upon you. If you see something that perhaps should not have  been published, bring that article  to our attention. Email a.milner@tellusnewsdigest.com