Once you’ve written a draft post, you will be looking to have it published. All posts that go onto our site must be reviewed by an editor. If you have properly drafted your work and have taken note of our Editorial Guidelines then the review process is a mere formality. One of us will check that your post looks and sounds ok, tidy up any formatting issues and then schedule it to be published. There are, however, a few things you need to be aware of before it will be published.
Submit it for review
You need to tell us your post is ready to go online. To do this, save it as ‘Pending Review‘ as shown in the image below. This option can be found on the top right of the ‘Edit Post’ area of the blog (where you write your post). See Figure 1. below.
Once you’ve done that, we’ll know that your post is ready to be looked at. If you don’t do this, we’ll never know and your post may be overlooked (remember, we get a lot of posts!). If you’re not sure, simply save it and write to an Editor (Mick Morrison or Jen McKinnon); we can take it from there.
Never hit ‘Publish’
This sends your blog post out to the world with no review. If you do, we will delete your post or take it offline.
If you do accidentally publish it, you can change its status to ‘Pending Review’ in the status menu (see image above). This will take it offline again and all will be well.
Get some feedback
It’s likely that there are people out there who may need to review or approve your post. If your post is part of a Practicum or Directed Studies project, then you will need to get approval from your Topic Coordinator. If your post is about a project that involves other parties – community members, Industry Partners other researchers, and so on – then they may also want to review your post. It is up to you to seek feedback from others.
WordPress has an easy to use option for obtaining input from many different people. At the bottom right of your post is a ‘Request Feedback’ option (see Figure 2):
Simply enter in the email addresses of everyone you would like feedback from, then hit ‘send’. It’s that easy The comments will appear with your post so that you can make any necessary changes.
You may be asked to make changes to your post. Once you’ve made those amendments you’re ready to publish!
Unfortunately, there is a queue and a blog editor will schedule in your post for publication as soon as we can. Depending on when you submit your post, it may take anywhere up to two weeks for it to be published. Don’t take that personally, we just don’t want to swamp our readers or subscribers with large numbers of blog posts. We prefer to feed them out slowly and so we currently schedule only around three blog posts per week.
We publish on a first-come first-serve basis, so the quicker you get your post to Pending Review status, the quicker it will be published!
If you have any questions, please contact us! We’re happy to help.