The Conversation

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The Conversation is a unique collaboration between academics and journalists that in a decade has become the world’s leading publisher of research-based news and analysis.

Everything you read on these pages is created by academics and journalists working together, supported by a team of digital technology experts. Our professional editors work with academics to turn knowledge and insights into easy-to-read articles, and make them accessible to general readers.

All our work is free to read and free to republish under Creative Commons. We do this as a not-for-profit group guided by a clear purpose: to provide access to high-quality explanatory journalism that makes for better decision making.

We place a high value on trust. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter and Guidelines. Contributors must abide by our Community Standards policy and be commissioned by editors before embarking on a written project for The Conversation. We only ask authors to write on subjects on which they have expertise. Potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

The Conversation began in Melbourne, Australia, in March 2011, created and founded by Andrew Jaspan with the support of business strategist Jack Rejtman and the University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis. The UK edition launched in May 2013, followed by editions in the US (2014), South Africa and France (2015), Canada, Indonesia and New Zealand (2017), Spain (2018), and Brasil (2023). Pitches must go direct to these bureaux.

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