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Pitch an article idea

Thanks for your interest in pitching an idea to The Conversation. This page briefly explains our editorial priorities. You can then submit a pitch by following the link.

What types of stories are we looking for?

The Conversation focuses on:

  • Timely, evidence-based analysis of issues making the news
  • Articles explaining new research and its significance for a non-expert audience
  • Timeless, plain English “explainers” of complex issues

We do not publish opinion or advocacy pieces. Before pitching, please consider a keyword search to read what we’ve published on your topic.

Can you write for The Conversation?

Writers for The Conversation must be scholars or researchers affiliated with a college, university or research institution. PhD students can write for us about the topic of their research or can share a byline with a faculty advisor. Master’s students can share a byline on stories where a professor is the main author.

We screen authors for financial and other conflicts of interest and seek out contributors who can take an authoritative explanatory approach without advocacy.

We generally work with academics at U.S. universities. You can also pitch your article to editions of The Conversation in Australia, Africa, Canada, France, Indonesia and the U.K.

Please be aware that we are only able to accept a small fraction of the pitches we receive. We do not publish articles written by people employed by think tanks or non-profit research groups.

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