The Duck of Minerva publishes posts on a wide variety of topics. These include current events, policy dilemmas, popular culture, research methods, disciplinary politics, academic careers, and international theory.
Whatever the topic, guest posts should either engage with issues pertinent to the scholarly study of world politics or approach their subject matter from a scholarly perspectives.
When considering whether to pitch a post, keep in mind that an overwhelming majority of guest posts are written by graduate students or people with advanced degrees.
Duck of Minerva symposia almost always include guest posts, and some include no mast-head contributors. The pieces that appear in symposia are always solicited, but we will consider proposals for posts that engage with an already-published symposium.
Most Duck of Minerva symposium originate from external proposals. We have hosted debates over specific articles, discussions keyed to journal special issues, forums on science-fiction novels, and reflections on academic mentorship.
We encourage individual posts and symposia that aim to promote scholarly work. We’re also experimenting with a way that scholars can promote a recently published peer-reviewed article or book. Instead of writing a conventional post, authors can send us written answers to six — or seven — questions about their work:
– What is the name of the journal article (or book) and what are its coordinates?
– What’s the argument?
– Why should we care?
– Why will we find the article (or book) persuasive?
– Why did you decide to write it in the first place?
– What would you most like to change about the piece, and why?
– (Optional) How much difficulty did you have getting the piece accepted?
If you’re interesting in contributing to the Duck of Minerva please email us and take a look at our FAQ (coming soon).
We will ignore queries from marketers.