Living Refugee Archive – Guest Post Submission Guidelines

We welcome guest post contributions to our Living Refugee Archive website blog.  The following Blog Submission Guidelines will provide an overall on how to submit a posting to our website and we would be happy to discuss these further with you if you need further information.  We can be contacted with any enquiries at:

  1. Thematic focus

We would welcome contributions to the Living Refugee Archive blog which broadly cover one or more of the following themes:

  1. The interplay between Archives and the documentation, preservation and access to
  2. The role of oral history methodologies for the preservation of the refugee and migration testimonies and narratives.
  3. Refugee and migration history.
  4. Reflections on current news issues within refugee and forced migration studies.
  5. The Mediterranean Migration crisis.
  6. Policy discussions on any aspect of the refugee, migration and displacement experience.
  7. Research methodologies and ethical issues in refugee and forced migration studies.
  8. Highlighting new local projects working in partnership with voluntary and community groups.
  9. Book, article and report reviews.

How to submit your contribution to us.

All submissions to the Living Refugee Archive blog should be made electronically, in either Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or compatible format and should be e-mailed as an attachment to Your e-mail should be clearly marked with the words ‘Living Refugee Archive Blog Guest Post’ in the title.

Please send an accompanying image with your text, if possible. Images are not to be inserted into the text, but are to be sent as a separate attachment. If the image is from the internet then please send a link as well. For important copyright information, please refer to the Images section below for further information. A brief author’s biography of no more than three sentences is also required. If you would like to consult about topic selection or to propose a specific topic, you can forward your questions or suggestions to the web editor, Paul Dudman, on

All articles will be edited personally by the Living Refugee Archive team and we will refer back to you with any feedback or suggestions that we might have.  If your article is selected for inclusion in the Living Refugee Archive, please ensure you send us a final version of the article with any suggested edits or changes made to the final document (and with no tracked changes remaining).

  1. Ethical Considerations


Contributors shall be responsible for the factual accuracy of their work and for the overall truthfulness of the content submitted.


We respectively ask all contributors to ensure that any contributions are genuinely their own work and that any quotations or other attributed content are duly referenced within the work.  Unattributed use of other people’s work is not permitted.  Responsibility for any plagiarism issues will rest with the author.

Blog Comments

Whilst all comments and replies to blog postings on the Living Refugee Archive website are moderated, if you would prefer your posting not to receive comments do please let us know in advance. Please also report any offensive or unwarranted behaviour.

Creative Commons license

All content published on the Living Refugee Archive website will be under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International, whereby work can be quoted or reproduced elsewhere as long as it is properly attributed and linked back to the Living Refugee Archive, provided this is for educational and/or not-for-profit use and not for commercial use.

  1. Conventions


Blog posts should be between 1000 and 2000 words in length.
Book reviews for the blog should normally be under 800-1200 words in length.

Information to be submitted with your text

  • Title of the paper, set in bold.
  • Your name directly below the title.
  • A link to your academic and/or Twitter profiles.
  • Two or three keywords.
  • A caption for your image.
  • The source of your image and any copyright information in brackets.


Contributors are strongly encouraged to provide an illustration their post. This may be a photograph, a graphic or a cartoon. Pictures can be in gif, png, jpg or jpeg format.
Please note that it is essential that we have permission to publish the image, either through a Creative Commons license or through explicit written permission from the copyright owner. Please provide a link to the source of the image if the image is from the internet.

Living Refugee Archive Style Guidance

For contributions to the Living Refugee Archive blog, we want to try to keep the content as engaging as possible and will therefore try to keep our style guidance do a minimum.


Potential content for the blog should aim to follow the broad thematic guidance given at the top of this document.  Opinion and commentary is welcome, even if provocative, is certainly encouraged as long as it is provable and accurate.  For further details, please content the editor, Paul Dudman, for further details:

However, any inaccuracy or distortion of facts will resort in contributions being returned.

Language and Style

We would like contributions to be both interesting and engaging and also to be accessible to a wide readership.  Whilst the bulk of our readership may be based either in academia or in policy research, we would like if possible for contributions to be able to engage with a broad readership that includes both academic and policy research, the media and also the general public as well as we feel it is important that the issues discussed on this website should be able to engage with a public audience.  We would recommend contributors’ writing should aim to be clear, concise, compelling, direct and accessible to a broad audience.

Spellings and Quotation Marks

  • UK spellings for all articles, wherever the author is based. See the style guide below for further details.
  • Contributions should follow English conventions for the spelling of place names.
  • Imported foreign terms and Latin phrases should be italicised (e.g. ad hoc, de facto).
  • Spellings in quoted texts should not be altered. If they are obviously incorrect, insert [sic].
  • We prefer single double speech marks for quotations, and single speech marks for quotations within quotations.


When referencing content for use in contributions, the Living Refugee Archives prefers the Harvard Style of referencing. When referencing contributions, please consider the use of Links, in-text citation and endnotes when editing your work, and each of these will be outlined below.


We would recommend that if you are referencing an item which exists online, it is preferable to use in-text links to reference this item. Links should be descriptive where possible and try to avoid using the terms `link’ and `click here’.

Where possible, contributors should confirm the relevance and validity of any link references they plan to use prior to submission.

In-Text Citations:

When referencing a quotation in the text, please use in-text citations where possible.  These would normally be in the form of:

“This is the quoted text to reference.” (Dudman, 2015, p.472).

A full bibliography including the list of references used in the formation of the contribution should be included at the end of the work.


Bibliographical references should follow the Harvard referencing format. Selected examples include:

Lewis, R. and Inglis, J. (1994) How to write reports: the key to success. London: Collins.

Smith, J., Jones, W., March, M. and Chapman, B. (2004) Harvard citations in easy stages. London: Academic Press.

If you are based within a UK academic institution, you may have access to Cite Them Right, wither as a book or via the Cite Them Right website.  This is an invaluable guide to referencing in the Harvard format.  Please contact the Archivist, Paul Dudman, if you would like further details on Harvard Referencing, via


The views expressed on this blog are attributable to their individual authors writing in their personal capacity only, and not to any other author, the editors, or any other person, organization or institution with which the author might be affiliated unless explicitly stated so.


Please remember that these guidelines are intended to give the blog some consistency; they are not meant to quash your individual voice. For further questions please contact the Webmaster on