Instructions for authors
Criteria for article acceptance
To get accepted for publication, your article should verify the following criteria:
- Interesting and accessible content: your article topic should be relevant to a curious, non-specialized audience and its writing should allow this audience to understand it without difficulties. Try when possible to tell a story and engage your reader. Avoid long sentences, long paragraphs and academic structure.
- Rigorous content and critical analysis: a scientific approach should prevail as often as possible; nothing should be claimed without justification; references to serious sources should be included — either in the text as links or in a bibliography section; reporting on study results should be done with a grain of salt.
- Original content: your analysis should bring something more than what can be read everywhere on the web; if your article was published elsewhere in a similar version, please talk to us to check if this is fine.
- Brevity: texts (bibliography excluded) should be 5000 to 14000 characters long (spaces included — that is about 2 to 4 pages). If you are reaching the maximum limit, consider whether all the information you give is relevant: if yes, maybe writing a series of articles instead of one could make sense.
Note on illustrations: only include illustrations which you are allowed to use. This includes your own work, work for which you got the written permission of the author, work in the public domain or under Creative Commons — beware that most scientific papers are not published under Creative Commons; there are some exceptions such as PLOS or BioMedCentral.
Criteria for article publication
To get actually published, your article will need to verify the following criteria as well (we will help you with that):
- Illustrations, subtitles and quotes to make the text less monolithic. You can use this search engine to look for some illustrations under Creative Commons.
- Illustrations must have legends, which include a description, the source, license and author.
- Catchy title, an abstract 350 to 500 characters long for the main page of Kinea, a catchphrase fewer than 257 characters long to promote the article on social media.
- You can submit in the language you are the most comfortable with, we take care of proofreading and translation in the three other langauges.