Research News Editorial Submission Guidelines

Items may be submitted for publication in Research News at any time using this link.

From time-to-time, The Research Society will invite contributions for a Special Report, which will comprise a group of articles on a common theme.

Publication Standards

Research News may publish or reject submissions at the sole discretion of The Research Society. Final draft versions of feature articles will be provided to contributors after editing, for approval.

  • Submissions that are vexatious, inappropriately frivolous or defamatory will not be published.
  • The Research Society reserves the right to edit or re-write all items at the sole discretion of The Research Society.
  • All contributions must clearly indicate original ideas or reference ideas from other sources.
  • Arguments must be balanced and address the likely counterarguments fairly.
  • Unattributed content that is not original, whether verbatim or re-written will be treated as plagiarism and rejected.
  • Material that has been published elsewhere in any form whatsoever may only be submitted in the category of re-publication.
  • All contributions must be written in clear English with correct punctuation.Jargon must not be used, and acronyms may only be used after providing the full terminology.
  • Feature articles and advertising features must include an abstract, logical argument and conclusion.
  • Contributors should ask at least two other people to review and proof-read their contributions before submitting.
  • Contributions promoting specific products or branded methods or including copyright © or trademark symbols ™ may only be submitted in the form of advertising features or advertising.

From time-to-time, Research News may invite responses from other people to be published in conjunction with certain contributions. In such cases, Research News will discuss the approach with all contributors.

Publication Category

Contributions must be allocated to one of the following categories and adhere to the word count:

Subject to the Editorial Advisory Group review

The following forms of contribution will be reviewed by the Editorial Advisory Group, which may approve or reject a contribution at their sole discretion, or request amendments or substantiation of an argument.

  • Feature articles (800 words)
    Feature articles must be based on primary research, such as research findings or draw on secondary sources in order to substantiate the argument. Any references to case studies, products, services or brands must have the explicit approval of the subject of the reference. References to research methods or approaches should be appropriately referenced.
    Contributors should check for prior Research News articles in the archives, the internet and amongst scholarly articles and reference related previous published material.
    Contributions that put forward an argument without primary or secondary substantiation will be considered as opinion pieces.
  • Thematic articles (800 words)
    Thematic articles discuss real life issues around research and society, covering wellness, health, natural, sustainable and environmental issues. Thematic articles need to be supported by primary research or references to reliable sources in order to be included as editorially reviewed content.
  • Industry news or discussion (500 – 800 words)
    Will be considered where the contribution covers a broad area relating to multiple clients or multiple research providers. Industry news contributions must give all parties an opportunity for comment and may not favour a particular business or organisation.
  • Interviews (800 words)
    Will be considered but should be proposed to the Editorial Advisory Committee for consideration before conducting the interview, with a justification for the selection of interviewee and an explanation for the newsworthiness of the anticipated responses.
  • Book Reviews (500 words)
    Will be considered for relevant texts.
  • Software and web site guides
    Informing readers of relevant information and search facilities (promotional guides for commercial products may be deemed advertorial).
  • Opinion Pieces / Letters to the editor (500 words)
    Opinion pieces are only published in the form of Letters to The Editor.
  • Advertising Features (500 words)
    Contributions that promote a specific product or service may be submitted as advertising features and will be considered for publication clearly marked as advertising features. The Research News advertising rates will apply to these contributions, as well as a fee for inclusion in the Research News Archives if so requested.
  • Re-publication (800 words)
    Contributions that have been published elsewhere, either in full or in part may be submitted in the category of re-publication, subject to the approval of the original publisher and author. Contributors need to indicate when and where the article has previously appeared.

Not subject to the Editorial Advisory Group

  • Fresh Ideas (60 to 500 words)
    Ideas, views and experience from Young Researchers (under 30 years of age.
  • From the outside (60 to 500 words)
    Ideas, views and experience from research participants.
  • Company news (60 to 500 words)
    Available to Research News company members. Contributions to this section may not use subjective descriptors.
  • Product news (60 to 500 words)
    Will be considered for novel products that have not previously been described in research news. Product news must describe the product method and techniques. Claims, such as the ‘first’ or ‘only’ will be referred to the Editorial Advisory Group and rejected if found to be unjustified.
  • People moves (60 words) Regarding current members of the TRS must be written in the 3rd person.

Photographs, Images and Graphics

When including photographs, images or graphics with a story or for People Moves, ensure contributions are suitable for publication. That is:

  • Contributors must have full rights to the photograph, image or graphic for publication
  • Contributions must be clear and of high resolution - a 300 dpi (dot-per-inch) jpeg file to ensure clarity
  • Photographs, images or graphics must be must be sent as a separate attachment and not embedded into a word file; Avoid PowerPoint slides.
  • Diagrams, graphs and similar images must be prepared in a suitable way for high-resolution publication and may not include brand names unless they are part of an advertising feature, product news or advertising.

For further information email the Editor at

29 September 2021