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.
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:
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.
If you’re interesting in contributing to the Duck of Minerva then you should email us. Please start with a pitch, not a completed post.
We will ignore queries from marketers.
Yes. We’ll always consult with you about major changes, but we often do a “last edit” before posting. If these don’t include any changes in meaning, it’s quite likely that we won’t ask your permission.
Toward the end of the editorial process we will ask you to provide materials for your byline and its linked biography. Here’s what we will need: