FAQ: Submissions

What do contributors receive in return?

Guest posters and unsolicited contributors do not get financial reimbursement from NTEN.  Contributing to NTEN publications does provide the following:

  • Exposure to new/wider audience via NTEN’s growing community of subscribers and website visitors
  • Link to your website/blog in your byline
  • Respect (hopefully) from your peers and colleagues

Is it ever ok to promote my company?

NTEN seeks to remain unbiased and educational in all our resources.  It is acceptable to refer to your company when referencing research or personal experience that supports an argument or demonstrates an example.  Articles that are perceived as primarily promotional will generally not be accepted for publication.

Note: we will review articles and suggest edits or remove references that we believe are too self-promotional or present a conflict of interest.

If you would like to find out more about engaging the NTEN community around your brand or services, please see these opportunities.

What can I include in my byline?

Generally, you should include with your submission:

  • name
  • title
  • organization/affiliation (and link)
  • personal/additional blog (link)
  • Twitter, LinkedIn, other social web profile

Depending on space and editorial “fit,” we may be able to include a short bio.  You may include up to 100 words to be considered.

Does NTEN accept submissions that have already been published elsewhere?

Yes, we will consider previously published articles.  Please indicate publication information and permission to re-publish in your email.

What if I don’t have a finished article but have a general idea?

You can send an email inquiry about your proposed topic at any time. For general guest contribution questions, general articles, or potential articles for the NTEN: Change journal, email publications@nten.org.

What tone/voice should I use in the article?

Generally, we shoot for:

  • Professional
  • Helpful/resourceful/supportive/a facilitator/”good to know”
  • Expert/credible/trustworthy
  • Understanding/empathetic/compassionate
  • Enthusiastic/excited/spirited/passionate
  • Empowering
  • Accessible, friendly and inclusive

What are your image file requirements and how do I submit them?

Images for the NTEN blog should be sent in GIF, JPG, or PNG format, and be no wider than 713 pixels.

Can I re-publish an article published on NTEN.org or in NTEN publications?

Generally, yes: unless otherwise noted, NTEN resources are published under CC by 3.0 license.

For attribution, please link to the original article if housed on nten.org, or to http://nten.org/NTENChange when referring to content in the journal.  If you are re-publishing the content in print materials or in a format that doesn’t provide for linking, please include the url in the text. If you don’t know how to cite an article or are not sure whether the CC by 3.0 applies, please contact publications@nten.org.

Example Attribution text: "First published in NTEN: Change (http://nten.org/NTENChange), March 2014, CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)"