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CPD Blog Submission Guidelines:

Please send blog submissions to the CPD editorial team at cpdblog@usc.edu. On average an initial response can be expected within two business days of submission. (Update Fall 2020: Due to continued high-volume submissions, response and turnaround times may be delayed. Please indicate in subject line if time-sensitive. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to reviewing your work.)

  • Submissions to the CPD Blog MUST be clearly relevant to public diplomacy and should not exceed 1,000 words in length. Exceptions may be made at the CPD Blog Manager's discretion.

  • Please provide a Word document with all citations included as hyperlinked text. (Please convert footnotes to this style before submitting.)

  • First-time bloggers: Please provide a high-resolution photo (headshot) and short bio. Please declare any connections or affiliations that may have bearing on your blog submission.

  • Please provide a short title and suggested keywords for your blog post (i.e. “United States,” “Gastrodiplomacy,” “Soft Power,” etc.).

  • Please provide links to (or otherwise identify) all sources. Please do not use an academic-style list of citations. All direct quotes must include a link to the source or a description of how the author obtained the quote (e.g., personal interview).

  • Please send all images as separate file attachments (clearly labeled) and the photo credit/attribution. Please do not embed images into a Word Document. Generally, a copyright-free image will be selected at the discretion of the CPD Blog Manager.

  • Submissions are subject to review and editing by CPD’s editorial staff. Authors may be asked to revise or copy edit before publication. CPD reserves the right to determine what is unacceptable content or format on a case-by-case basis.

  • Once a blog post is published, no substantive changes will be made to the text. 

  • Should a blogger re-post their CPD Blog elsewhere, we ask that you please include proper attribution and a link to the original post on our website