British Columbia Teachers for Peace and Global Education
A Provincial Specialist Association of the BC Teachers' Federation
PAGE BC
 

 

Contributing to THE GLOBAL EDUCATOR
The Global Educator welcomes the submission of opinion pieces, reports, reviews, lesson plans, and images.  Although there is no financial remuneration, contributors get the satisfaction of informing readers, and having their work in a professional-looking publication.  While The Global Educator always attempts to be profound, humble topics are welcome: often what seems obvious to you can end up being an invaluable classroom resource for students who have had little exposure to global issues.  So don't be shy. 

Important information for contributors

Deadlines: December 15 (for the winter issue) and June 1 (for the summer issue).  Note that the decision to run an article is generally made after the deadline.

Submissions are accepted only by email to the Editor, editor(at)pagebc.ca, as a Word attachments (.doc or .docx), Pages attachment (pages) or Open office attachment (odt).  

Rights: your work is your work, but items in The Global Educator will be made available to other BCTF publications unless the author requests otherwise.

The Editor’s role is to make choices about running solicited or unsolicited material.  The Editor may edit for style, but is mainly there to provide a ‘second set of eyes’ and correct minor formatting problems that have missed the attention of the writer.  The Editor is not responsible for fact checking: that is the responsibility of the writers, who are encouraged to have a fully annotated versions of their work ready in case requested by a reader.

Writers are highly encouraged to read and follow “The Global Educator Style Guide” and “Advice for Writers” below.  Doing so will save the Editor a lot of work.  Please keep in mind that the Editor is a volunteer who edits The Global Educator on days off from a regular job, and that writing and editing articles – while enjoyable – takes time.

Our Global Educator Journal is edited by a committee of dedicated volunteers. If you are a teacher who would like experience with journal editing and production and have an interest in peace and global education, we'd love to have you work with us. No previous experience is required as we provide a very supportive environment in which to learn the skills and work with the content, all while having fun with the group. We invite you to get involved. For more info just email to editor(at)pagebc.ca.

The Global Educator's Style Guide

Acronyms and initials do not need periods.  For example, “PAGE” and “BC”, not “P.A.G.E.” and “B.C.”

Citations: The Global Educator is not an academic journal, and articles are expected to follow to ‘journalistic’ standards.  There are no academic citations in The Global Educator, and writers are to introduce all sources as they would for a newspaper article – just like this: “According to so-and-so, whatever their title is where ever, such-and-such is the case.”  Don’t expect readers to know who you’re writing about or spend time looking up sources.

Double-spacing between paragraphs: don’t do it.  An indentation is all that’s needed.

Length: there are no guidelines for word count, but writers are encouraged to read past issues of The Global Educator to get an idea of what is appropriate.

Links: if web links are included with an article, they should appear at the end.  Please convert any web link over 25 characters to the “TinyURL” format (see www.tinyurl.com).

Numbers: spell them if “twenty” or less.

Spaces between sentences: two.  That is, press the space bar twice after each sentence.

Special formatting: no fancy fonts, text boxes, or inserted photos please.  Such formatting is done during layout.

Spelling: Canadian.  When in doubt, British.


General Advice for Writers

Before submitting an article, read it aloud.  If you’re stumbling over sentences, readers will, too.  Use your voice and hearing to make sentences sound ‘natural’.  It also pays to have another reader look at your work to give critical feedback: if they don’t receive the message you intend to convey, you have some editing to do.

Regardless of what anyone might say to the contrary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation are important.  Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation will make you sound intelligent and credible.  Spelling is easy: all you need is a dictionary.  Grammar is more complicated, and there’s not enough space here to discuss it.  If you’re unsure of punctuation, an excellent (and very entertaining) book is Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss.  Find it at your local library, or better yet get your own copy.  It’s recommended for everyone.

         Writing is an art.  It is both enjoyable and meaningful, and gets better with practice.  It brings fulfillment both in the quiet moments you produce it, and through connections it makes between you and sympathetic readers.  Take pride in it.