Style Guide for Writers

Selection of Theme & Topic

We invite topics from as wide a range of fields as our writers seek to explore – with the requirement that they are linked to sustainability, in its many shapes and sizes.

We ask, however, that writers avoid using the platform to push a particular set of political or cultural views. For example, an opinion piece demonising the policies of the US’ Republican Party on solely immoral grounds is undesirable: a piece that explores the statements and policy impacts of the party is acceptable.

While we do not discourse campaigning, we ask that if an author desires to include discussion of a particular group or movement – for example, the Warwick Climate Emergency Coalition – that the piece focuses on examining the sustainability issue that the group is designed to tackle, introducing the movement as ‘part of the solution’.

Authorial Voice & Academic Rigour

We encourage writers to pen in a style that they are most comfortable writing in, and that is appropriate to the topic and message that they are attempting to convey – a range of styles covering all angles has been published to date in GLOBUS, from rigorous, formal academic analyses, to opinion editorials.

The sole condition of this approach is that all articles are of sufficient academic rigour so as to maintain the high standards of journalism that we pride ourselves on. Opinions should be justified; facts, statistics, quotes, etc., should be appropriately referenced in a style compatible with the piece. To test whether something requires referencing, authors should ask themselves – “if someone challenged this point, does its accompanying explanation or reference stand up to scrutiny?”

Length & Detail

GLOBUS does not operate a minimum or maximum word count limit, having published articles ranging from a few hundred words to several thousand. Articles should be of sufficient length to explore in appropriate detail all of the issues that are raised, without overburdening prose with excessive levels of detail or clarification, so as not to confuse the piece’s message. If further development of concepts or arguments in the article is required, consider referencing others’ work on the specific topics involved, or – if the issue is of particular significance and relevance – discuss a multi-article series with the Editor-in-Chief.


All articles submitted should include a large, high-quality image to be used as the header for the article.

All images, diagrams, etc., submitted for publication should be of the author’s own creation (and noted as such), fall under an appropriate Creative Commons license (preferably Zero Attribution), or come with full permissions as appropriate for GLOBUS to use and publish the image (for example, in the case of a photograph taken by a friend). Where obtained from a third party, the source of the image should be given in full URL form. The following comprises a list of viable image sources:

Header image: Photo by Evan Dennis on Unsplash

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