Writing for the SPERI blog: guidelines for contributors

The SPERI blog is a platform to share new political economy research, expertise and analysis and we welcome new submissions.

We are keen to publish blogs that address a wide range of complex and long-term political-economic issues, and we particularly welcome blogs that make connections with SPERI’s four research themes: capitalism, democracy and the state, corporate power and the global economy, labour and decent work and finance, debt and society.

Ideas for blogs or full draft blogs can be submitted at any time. We are open to pitches for single blogs or multi-author blog series that explore particular themes.

Ideas for blogs and new submissions should be sent to the SPERI blog editor Natalie Langford (natalie.langford@sheffield.ac.uk). Please read the guidelines below before making a submission.


SPERI blog guidelines

Blogs must meet our quality and style standard to be published, and must be on themes relevant to SPERI’s mandate to advance new research on political economy.

We ask that blogs are written in an accessible language that can be understood by the SPERI blog’s broad audience of the general public, policymakers, civil society organisations, academics and students.

Except in highly exceptional circumstances where a long-read format has been agreed in advance with the Editor, we do not publish blogs that are longer than 1000 words.

SPERI values equality and diversity, in both intellectual and people terms. As such, we seek to publish blogs which engage with political economy topics from a broad range of perspectives and positions, and which explore intellectual blindspots and under-represented and marginalized areas of scholarship. This includes issues related to race, gender, sexuality, inequality, and intersectionality. We believe that using the SPERI blog to showcase the research and writing of academics with diverse perspectives is an important part of redressing current biases and inequalities in the field.

Recognizing the well-documented biases that exist in academic citation practices, we ask that all contributing authors check their references to examine which percentage of them refer to works by disadvantaged groups. We also encourage contributors to engage with the literature of authors from a diversity of backgrounds, or to provide a scientific reason for why they haven’t done so.

We particularly welcome contributions from scholars who identify as part of groups under-represented or marginalised within our field, including women, LGBTQ, people who identify as working-class, people of colour and scholars from the Global South. We are very keen to promote the work and contributions of early career researchers and doctoral researchers.


Referencing and re-posting blogs

Unlike academic publications, SPERI blogs do not use formal citation references e.g. footnotes. References to sources should be provided as hyperlinks.

We are happy for blogs to be re-posted on other sites but please indicate that the article is re-posted from the SPERI blog with a link to the original blog.


Articles posted on the SPERI blog reflect the views of the author(s) and not the position of SPERI or of the University of Sheffield. SPERI reserves the right not to publish blogs that do not adhere to these guidelines and where blogs are rejected, the editor’s decision is final.

The SPERI Blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.