Guidelines

Submissions should focus, broadly, on the theme of migration, but we are eager to consider pieces that approach the topic from a wide variety of perspectives. We will consider work in a range of styles and genres, from essays and journalism to visual art and video/audio (e.g. interviews, recordings of events, documentaries) and to book/film/event reviews. While migration is a subject of great contemporary relevance, we also welcome submissions with regards to historical issues and events.

Posts should be written in a clear and concise manner; as we aim to maintain the blog as an accessible forum, we are not looking for academic jargon. This blog is an open academic space where contributors are welcome to present their developing research questions. As an academic forum, we expect our writers to demonstrate a level of expertise in their subject of research and be able to communicate their ideas to an audience that stays on top of new developments in the field of migration.

We aim to engage with critical questions at the forefront of research across disciplines on the topics of migration and mobility. For this reason, we do not publish opinion-only pieces or pieces that come across as promotional. Pieces should refer to supporting research through rigorous citations and/or describe relevant examples from fieldwork or personal experience. Please read the pieces we have published for examples – if you have an interesting new medium for sharing your research, let us know.

We encourage prospective authors to send us a Pitch. What we’re looking for in a pitch is:

  • The category of post that you are proposing (see list below)
  • Description of your topic in two paragraphs, no longer than two or three sentences
  • You may include a draft of your article in the email, but you do not have to do so
  • Include relevant photos/video clips/visual images of data if you can!

If your article is accepted for submission, be ready to go through several rounds of revision with our editors. Our editorial process is collaborative and we work with the writers to refine and bolster the pieces to their best possible form before publishing. We will also work with you to come up with an appropriate and catchy title. Feel free to include a suggested title in your working drafts.

We receive more submissions than we can publish and will have to say no to proposals that do not fit our criteria. If our Editorial Team has said no multiple times, it may mean that your work is not a good fit for our audience on this platform.

Kindly send all pitches and submissions to centreghum@gmail.com with a draft title and a short author bio. Our Editors will then contact you to discuss further steps and time frame for potential publication.

Submission Assessment

Here are some guidelines we look to when assessing submissions:

Non-text submissions: If sending photography for consideration, please send us the highest res possible in .jpeg or .png format. All audio and video submissions sent must be embeddable; we cannot accept original files for uploading at this time.

Text submissions: Please keep to a typical blog post length. We generally try to keep posts shorter than 2000 words, but if you are interested in contributing a longer piece, send us a pitch at centreghum@gmail.com. All submissions should be sent in Word format with any citations included as endnotes (as preferred to footnotes). Relevant sources and background should be hyperlinked. Please include your name, email, and affiliation (if applicable) with your submission.

Post Categories

As an academic forum, we expect our writers to demonstrate a level of expertise in their subject of research and be able to communicate their ideas to an audience that stays on top of new developments in the field of migration.

  • Academic research analysis
    • Be clear about your position and perspective
    • Include credible evidence to support your claims, with links to reports, academic journal articles, and other sources. We also encourage you to include examples of significance from your own field research and/or textual analysis. Rigorous citations and authoritative research must be cited
    • Article should address potential counterpoints
    • We encourage including a short summary of the argument or main point in the form of a visual
    • We recommend that the article concludes with suggestions to our readers for moving forward, whether in the form of policy recommendations, areas for further research or a suggested new approach for tackling an issue in the migration space
    • Example: “A Critical Analysis of the Migration Ban Lifecycle for Women Domestic Workers in the Indo-Pacific Region”  
  • Op-eds
    • Have a thesis which makes a persuasive argument. Be motivated to affect the current debate on your topic of choice
    • Back your argument with at least three pieces of evidence
    • Include counter-evidence, the other side’s point of view, and address it
    • Be short, clear and pointed. Do not make sweeping generalizations
    • Show why you are the best person to write on a given topic. What is your unique knowledge? Have you conducted fieldwork in the space? Have you written papers on the topic? Do you have personal experience that resonates with the issue?
    • Should include hyperlinks; few, if any, footnotes are necessary
    • Example: “Borders, Politics, and Pandemics: The Risks of Technosolutionism in the Time of Covid-19
  • Notes from the Field
    • Situate the readers. Give the readers a sense of your unique personal background and why you are conducting research in the particular space you are writing about
    • Share multiple stories, conversations, and observations from your research on the ground and tie together the examples into a larger point that you want readers to take away from the piece
    • Hone in on 1 or 2 takeaway points
    • Example: “For now, we are still circling”: Stories of Displacement from Eritrea”
  • News articles
    • If you are a Cambridge student and/or affiliate of the Centre, please feel free to send us announcements that you would like to share with the community on topics of migration, movement and mobility. Please note that we are unable to maintain a list of upcoming events on the site
  • Genre X
    • Have a new format in which to share your research? A video, an illustration, or a poem? Feel free to share it with us! We are excited to grow the forum in creative and collaborative ways