Write for Us
We’re delighted you’re interested in writing for us. We encourage you to read the following submission guidelines and email detailed pitches for features or columns, as well as queries about blogging to editor Catherine Halley at jstordaily_submissions (at) jstor (dot) org. Please include links to your writing clips and the word “SUBMISSION” in the subject line. Keep in mind that we love a good news peg, and are currently acquiring long-form content that will be published two-months out from today.
About the Site
JSTOR Daily is an online magazine that offers a fresh way for people to understand and contextualize their world. It features topical essays that draw connections between current affairs, historical scholarship, and other content that’s housed on JSTOR, a digital library of scholarly journals, books, and primary sources. In addition to weekly feature articles, the magazine publishes daily blog posts that provide the backstory to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and much more.
The magazine makes the content on JSTOR, which most people access via university libraries or other institutions, freely available to the general reader by highlighting timely or otherwise compelling content, and providing free links to that content.
JSTOR Daily will:
- tell thought-provoking stories that are clear to a general reader
- provide fresh insight into news and current affairs
- deepen our understanding of our world
- build a bridge between scholarly research and the news media
- highlight the amazing content found on JSTOR
- expose the work of scholars who are using JSTOR to conduct their research
The voice is smart, curious, engaged, insightful, and friendly, but still authoritative. As readers make their way through a piece, they should feel smarter without feeling intimidated. The idea here is that scholars have interesting insights into the world, and one doesn’t have to hold a PhD to understand or appreciate those insights. Features will be written by a combination of journalists and scholars with the goal of highlighting the research in the JSTOR collection—every story will provide at least one link in to content on JSTOR.org. We’d like to tease out the still-relevant, newsworthy, entertaining, quirky, surprising, enlightening stories therein. Since JSTOR comprises primarily archival content rather than contemporary research, we imagine that each piece of content on the magazine site might tell a story about the present that is informed by the past, or at least provide a backstory to the stories of the present.
- the intellectually curious general reader
- the non-expert who’s interested in what the experts have to say
- lapsed academics
- the expert reader during their down time
Think of JSTOR Daily as a cross between The American Scholar, Arts and Letters Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pacific Standard, and a general culture magazine like The Atlantic or the New Yorker. It will embody a lingua franca, but will not take the Academy as its subject. Rather, the subjects the magazine takes up will draw on the research that’s been conducted by scholars and made available on the JSTOR platform.
We’re looking for pitches for 1500-2000-word features on timely topics that are in conversation with and reference (with direct links to) the content housed on JSTOR.org. We’re also particularly interested in acquiring interviews with scholars whose work is housed on JSTOR.
Prospective writers should send links to clips of their previously published writing, as well as a well-developed pitches for one story idea that includes potential tie-ins to specific JSTOR content. Writers who need it will be given access to the JSTOR library for research purposes. Features should:
- draw connections between the news, the Zeitgeist(s), and JSTOR research
- identify patterns between current events and scholarly work
- provide the backstory for new studies and point out historial studies that should be revisited
- not feel academic or like work
- interview researchers and scholars who are doing interesting work that is housed in JSTOR, or researchers who are using JSTOR in interesting ways
We’re looking for a few academics who are interested in blogging in their field of study. They should be able to write on a regular weekly or monthly basis for a general audience. See Megan Kate Nelson’s >(Un)Catalogued column for an example. This is an ideal situation for someone hoping to find a wider audience for their thinking.
Bloggers are assigned to the following beats, and are asked to submit two to three posts per week on varying subjects. Most of these roles are filled, but the pool of bloggers is always in flux, so don’t hesitate to reach out if one or more of these areas is of interest to you. Please keep in mind, however, that we are a very small team, and if you don’t hear from us, that likely means that we are at capacity with bloggers:
All of our contributors are paid. Prospective writers should send queries and detailed pitches to editor Catherine Halley by emailing: jstordaily_submissions (at) jstor (dot) org. Please begin your email subject line with the word “SUBMISSION.” We try to respond to all pitches, but it does take several weeks to do so.