GenderTalks

submissions guidelines.

Below you can read the guidelines for submissions – the types of content we are currently accepting in addition to general guidelines that apply to the different formats. These guidelines are valid for the final materials, i.e. after the summary of the material you plan to submit has been accepted.  You can submit a Summary & read more about the submissions process directly to our submissions page.

types of content.

01.

Interview

We will prepare between 5 and 8 questions on the chosen topic. Especially for more specific topics, it is helpful if you share with us relevant material (authorial or not) that we can take as a starting point and a basis for our interview. You may also suggest other questions according to your own needs and preferences e.g. if they help you develop your points better. In addition to questions, we may include some comments to make the interview more fluid. Feel free to add any notes to our comments, whether you agree, disagree, or wish to add anything.

Check out our interview with 
Briana Toole for a reference.

details.

In general, an interview comprises between 2000 and 3000 words.
After you have received our questions, you should send us your interview in an open file (.doc, .docx) that also includes the following information:

  • Your name and a short bibliography;
  • Suggested title for the interview; 
  • A paragraph summarizing the interview;
  • Three keywords (tags) describing the content addressed.
  • We will also need a picture of you in a good resolution.
02.

Essay

Essays should be approximately 2500 words long and answer a question that fits in some way with contemporary issues. This content type allows for greater flexibility than structured interviews, as you choose how to approach and elaborate on your topic.

details.

You must send us your essay in an open file (.doc, .docx) additionally including: 

  • Your name and a short bibliography;
  • Essay title; 
  • A paragraph summarizing your essay;
  • Three keywords describing the content addressed;
  • We will also need a photo of you in a good resolution.
03.

Video

A video should be from 3 to 5 minutes long and aim at a clear, simple and systematic explanation of the subject presented. We encourage our guests to contribute with videos when the question addressed is of a general character (e.g. “what is epistemic injustice”). They should ideally answer it by providing definitions and/or comments relevant to the ordinary understanding of the topic/concept. Some time before recording the video, you should present us with a final script, or at least an outline of your speech. This script will serve as a guide and will also be useful in the phase of transcription & translation, as well as for us to devise promotional materials.

For a reference, check out Christine Bratu introducing the concept of epistemic injustice.

details.

As the videos are recorded, produced and rendered entirely by our team, contributing this type of input requires a face-to-face meeting of approximately 2 hours. You must send us in advance a complete script of your presentation, which should last 3 and 5 minutes – or a partial script containing a list of the points raised during the presentation. It is not necessary that you send us your photo, since it will be taken at the time of recording. The additional information we will need is:

  • Your name and a short bibliography;
  • A video title; 
  • A paragraph summarizing the content addressed; 
  • Five keywords.
04.

Book Review

A book review should be written bearing in mind the following aims: presenting an author, exploring an idea or a theory associated with the book; formulating and justifying an assessment of the book reviewed (criticizing or recommending it); or briefly presenting/summarizing the main ideas contained in that work. The text should be around 1500 or 3000 words long and the book chosen for review must be previously approved by our team.

details.

You must send us your book review in an open file (.doc, .docx), also including:

  • Your name and a short bibliography;
  • Book title and author;
  • Your review’s title;
  • A paragraph summarizing your review;
  • Three keywords describing the content addressed.
  • We will also need a photo of you in a good resolution.
05.

Translations

We shall accept translations soon

language.

Regardless of the type of content you choose to contribute, the language must be clear, simple and suitable for a public that has either no background knowledge of the issue or is not specialized in that particular topic. Ideally, whenever specialized language (academic jargon) is used, the concepts employed should be clearly stated and explained. 

We also strongly encourage our guest authors to make generous use of examples, as these not only facilitate understanding of the topic and of what is at stake, but also incite efforts to apply those insights to real-life situations. As our main objective is to pierce through the walls of Academia and rescue socially useful knowledge from hyper-specialized debates, we insist on the importance of using clear and (gender-) inclusive language.

accessibility.

Our main operative language at GenderTalks is English and most of the contents we publish on our journal, website and YouTube channel are in English, as are many of our sources. In the case of videos, both the nature of the platform – YouTube – and the format of the content naturally allow us to work with multiple other languages in the videos’ subtitles. Alice’s video, for example, has already been translated into 6 languages.

If you are interested in submitting an interview, essay or book review but you do not write in English, you can still get in touch with us: our team has plenty of linguistic resources on hand.

deadlines.

We are currently accepting submissions for all types of content and we do not work with strict deadlines. However, whenever a guest agrees to give an interview or to send us an essay or a book review, we ask them to confirm the chosen topic until some approximate date so that we can schedule the publication of the content and set aside the time needed to design the advertising materials.

advertising.

We mainly publicize the contents through our social networks, which are: Instagram (@gender.talks), Facebook (@socialgendertalks) and YouTube (@gendertalks). In addition, whenever new content is released, the Journal readers who subscribe to our Feed are notified via email.  

We are currently in the process of establishing partnerships, so that our advertising will soon get a considerable boost. We do not work with paid advertising and are happy when our authors share the content on their own social networks, so we can spread the word without depending on sponsorship. We encourage this practice so that we can remain independent. On this page you will find these and further ideas to help and support the project.