Who can contribute?
All InterNations members can contribute to our Expat Magazine or our Guide section. However, in order to maintain a certain level of quality and give our members the chance to network and help each other along the way, we reserve the right to refuse contributions by non-members and/or companies seeking to contribute content for commercial purposes. (See also “What do we not publish?”)
What do we publish?
Generally speaking, you can contribute to two distinct parts of our editorial content: the Expat Guide and the Expat Magazine.
The Expat Guide provides readers with factual information on a given country or InterNations Community. Topics include, but are not limited to, administration (visas, permits, etc.), housing and popular expat areas, infrastructure (education, healthcare, driving and public transportation, etc.), local culture and customs, and similar fields of interest.
The Expat Magazine covers aspects of life abroad expats everywhere can relate to. Your contribution to the magazine could be about one specific experience you had during your life abroad, or contain more general musings about cross-cultural encounters, travels and expat life with all its joys and challenges.
Contributions to the Expat Guide should be specific, detailed, and of course correct and up to date. Please name the sources you used during the preparation of your article.
Language and Style
Your guest post should correspond in style, tone and length to other posts in the Expat Guide and Expat Magazine. All articles must be written in English. The standard length of our articles is 500+ words per page. We do not have a maximum article length.
A few pointers as to our writing style:
- clear and easy to understand (as you know, not all our members are native speakers of English)
- ranging from slightly formal to slightly casual in tone; contributions to the Expat Magazine can be on the colloquial side
- mostly neutral and descriptive rather than opinionated or judgmental
One of our content editors will then edit your final version, if necessary. We will of course make sure not to change your personal style of writing too drastically. However, please understand that some changes might be necessary so as to make sure the article adheres to our publication guidelines.
If you have any photos to illustrate your entry, we’ll be happy to publish them too. For the Expat Guide, the more accurately they show what you were writing about, the better – for example, a picture of a tax return or visa application. Pictures used in the Expat Magazine can be of a more general or symbolic nature.
- Please only use pictures that you took yourself or which you are permitted to use for this purpose and in adherence to our General Terms and Conditions.
- Avoid pictures that focus on a registered trademark.
- When your picture depicts a person that is not you, you will need that person’s permission to use the picture. (Pictures of large groups of people are an exception.)
- Please do not use pictures of children (unless the children in the picture are your own).
- The minimum size for pictures is 652x318 pixels.
If you cannot find a suitable picture, please let us know and we will take care of the matter.
The author bio can be found at the bottom of each member-contributed article and includes a link to your profile. The author bio should be between 160 and 300 characters, and contain some basic information about where you are from, where you live, what you do and what you are interested in.
This is an example from one of our former Content & Communications interns:
Thomas Sandbjerg is a Danish master’s student at Aalborg University. As part of his degree, he also studied at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, and now resides in Germany.
Of course, you are not obligated to include everything (especially if it’s information you don’t feel comfortable providing) but you should give other InterNations members an impression of who you are. Remember that, while you can mention your profession, the author bio is no place to advertise your services.
What do we not publish?
While we are open to a wide range of ideas, there are some things we do NOT publish on InterNations. These include:
- Content previously published or copy-pasted from other websites
- So-called advertorials or promotional articles
- Political propaganda
- Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or otherwise discriminatory content
- Pornography or sexually suggestive content
- Content which promotes violence
We reserve the right to decline submissions for reasons other than the ones mentioned above. Remember that the final decision concerning the acceptance of member contributions lies within the responsibility of the Content & Communications Department.
Please understand that we do not include links to businesses or personal blogs in our articles (including the author bio). If you want to become an advertising partner instead, please contact email@example.com.
How can you contribute?
There are several steps to contributing an article to the Expat Guide or Expat Magazine:
- Tell us what you had in mind and which information you can provide.
- We will get back to you and let you know if your suggestion fits our content or if some adjustments are needed.
- Send us a draft of your article (including an author bio).
- A member of the Content & Communications Department will proofread your article. If anything is unclear, major changes are necessary, or your article has been declined, we will get in touch with you.
- If everything is alright, we will notify you as soon as your article has been published.
What happens next?
Your article will clearly be marked as a guest contribution, and we will include a link to your InterNations profile and a short author biography (one or two sentences) at the end of the article, if you wish. Optionally, you can also state if you are open to any questions from other members on your topic of expertise.
Should you wish to become a regular contributor, we will offer you a free Albatross Membership on www.internations.org for each month that you submit a contribution. Ideally, a regular contributor would supply one article per month. Please let us know in advance whether or not you plan on contributing regularly, and what topics you would like to write about, if possible.