Writing for Clio and the Contemporary: Getting Started

Welcome to the Clio and the Contemporary team! Here are a few steps you can take to get set up on our site after we’ve added you as an author. (If you want to write for us and aren’t yet part of our team, send us an email by using the “Contact Us” page.)

  1. From any page on the site except the home page, you’ll see a list of authors on the right-hand side of your screen. Find your author Gravatar and edit it by:
    — uploading a photo of you or a photo that is relevant to your work (such as a monument, book cover, or bookshelf)
    — edit your name so it appears as your professional name (first and last)
    — add a brief professional bio. This should be no more than 4 sentences. Please include your education, field, current affiliation, and any relevant teaching experience, research interests, or publications.
    ** Note: It can take a few minutes for Gravatars to update, so if you’ve changed your name, photo, and bio but don’t see the update, wait a few minutes and refresh.
  2. Please take a look at some of our articles and commentary to get a sense of the site’s tone. Since we are professional historians writing for a like-minded audience, we aim for a tone that is authoritative, measured, and pithy. We also welcome humor! However, we caution against writing that is overly casual. If your style in a given piece is running closer to that of a personal blog than professional advice or insight, we may ask you to rephrase. Watch out for a lot of “I” usage (“I do this…”; “I’ve found that…”) or references to your timeline as an academic. “Consider x when planning a course that includes y” is preferable to “When I first taught class z four years ago, I found that c was helpful.”
  3. “How-to,” advice, and thought pieces that fall under the categories of Teaching, Academia/ Alt-Academia, or Surviving Grad School can be as short as a 10-point list or as long as 1000 words. Submissions that fall under History Articles or Contemporary Issues should be between 800 and 4000 words, not including captions or “Further Reading” lists. If your submission is longer than our guidelines allow, consider reframing it as a two-part or serialized piece. Sample assignments should be less than 800 words. We don’t impose a maximum word count for syllabi, but we ask authors to consider eliminating boilerplate text that is not course-specific.
  4. We ask that authors write their posts in Word and email completed posts to admin for copyediting. In the meantime, feel free to explore the site. We invite you to start a post by clicking “Write” and familiarize yourself with the site’s software.
  5. After you submit your post via email, it may require more than one round of copyediting. When copyedits and revisions are complete, we’ll ask you to upload your post to the site, using this checklist and these formatting guidelines. Feel free to explore these now, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

We’re delighted that you will be writing for C&C! Welcome to the team!

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