Counterpoint publishes innovative and stimulating contributions in a variety of genres. All publications are peer-reviewed and published Open Access, protected under a CC-BY-NC Creative Commons license. This means that users may download, share, and build upon any Counterpoint publication for non-commercial purposes, provided the original author and place of publication are always appropriately cited.

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Author Instructions

All Counterpoint publications (except for blog posts) should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, with in-text-referencing and a bibliography at the end. Endnotes are possible in short essays and reports, but should be kept to a minimum. Blog posts do not have notes at all, but rather use hyperlinks to point to citations and further resources.

  • The Counterpoint Blog. Blog posts should fall within the range of 500–1000 words. They should match Counterpoint’s themes and profile. Blog posts should be written in an accessible (though critical and reflective) way, and they should be pithy and challenging, provoking discussion rather than (only) scholarly argumentation. Detailed author instructions for blog posts are available upon request.
  • Short Essays. Short essays should fall within the range of 3,000–5,000 words. Though these will be more academic in nature, the author should avoid academic jargon wherever possible, and define all jargon for a general audience when it cannot be avoided. Short essays should contain an abstract of no more than 300 words, which describes in brief (and with bullet points) the overall problem the essay engages, as well as its outcomes and recommendations. Recommendations should include concrete suggestions for how to address the problem in relevant fields (politics, activism, etc.).
  • Reports. Reports can be up to 20,000 words. These should provide a detailed analysis of a historical or contemporary issue, event, or problem relevant to the themes of Counterpoint. These detailed, longer analyses will be more academic in nature, but the author should nevertheless make every effort to define jargon for a general audience. Reports should be accompanied by an Executive Summary of no more than 500 words, which describes in brief (and with bullet points) the overall problem the report engages, as well as its outcomes and recommendations. Recommendations should include concrete suggestions for how to address the problem in relevant fields (politics, activism, etc.).

For all publications, please provide a short author biography, illustrations or photos as appropriate, and a list of keywords for tagging the publication on the website.