Writing for Clio and the Contemporary: Post Instructions

Here is a checklist for preparing your post for publication:

  1. Draft your post in Word. When it is complete, email it to the editors and we’ll arrange for your post to be copyedited.
  2. After your post has been copyedited and is ready to be posted, copy and paste your piece as a new post on the site. (But keep a saved copy on your computer as a permanent back-up.)
  3. To create a new post, enter the site and click “Write” in the top right-hand corner. Copy your text, and make necessary formatting changes, using our design principles guide. You may need to manually add space, create bullets, and format headings.
  4. Unless your post is written by multiple authors, you do not need to add a byline. The post will show that you are the author and will display your Gravatar. (If you haven’t already updated your Gravatar, please do so now. Our Gravatar guidelines appear under “1” on this “Getting Started” guide.)
  5. Insert images and caption them using this guide.
  6. Insert videos.
  7. Proofread your post to make sure that the text and formatting are correct. Check that all hyperlinks are working.
  8. Click “Save Draft.” After the post has saved, click “Preview” to check spacing, font size, etc.
  9. Go back to the draft. Below the “Preview” and “Publish” buttons, you’ll see “Post” and “Block” categories. Click “Post.”
  10. Within “Post,” select the appropriate category for your post. Options include Academia, Alt-Ac, Contemporary Issues, History Articles, Reviews, Surviving Grad School, and Teaching. You should click at least one of these categories, in consultation with the editors. You may also click a secondary category if relevant, such as Digital History, Publishing, or Syllabi.
  11. Within “Post,” add tags for your article. Check to see what tags come up as you are typing, in case a similar tag already exists. Examples of tags include “syllabus,” “2020 election,” “suffrage,” “politics,” “21st century.” Each post should have at 4-6 tags.
  12. Within “Post,” open Featured Image, and upload the image you want as the post’s cover photo. This image will appear at the top of your post. Horizontal images work best.
  13. Within “Post,” write a short excerpt. This excerpt will appear on the home page in lieu of the first lines of your post.
  14. Click “Save Draft” again, and click “Pending Review.” Let the editors know that your post is ready for a formatting check.
  15. Congrats on your post! Let the editors know if you have a Twitter handle or a department Twitter handle so can include it when we Tweet about your post!

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