As the #1 magazine for the investment migration industry (online or offline), IMI frequently publishes articles contributed by investment migration professionals, as well as laymen. In particular, we receive a lot of contributions to our Opinions section.
If you’d like to contribute an article to IMI, here’s how to proceed:
Article contribution guidelines
- Try to send in your topic idea before you start writing. Following this simple rule can save you a lot of time and effort because we frequently receive already-written articles that are not well suited for IMI. Sometimes the topic isn’t interesting or has already been covered extensively in the past. Check with the editor first by emailing him on email@example.com
- Articles should not contain promotional material such as contact details, company logos, sales pitches, and so on. You will be cited as the author and you can link to a URL of your choosing, but only once per article. Should you wish to share commercial content, consider a sponsored feature.
- We don’t accept contributions from anonymous authors and we generally don’t accept anonymous quotes (with a few exceptions), especially if they are potentially defamatory. The editor of IMI is responsible for its content; in the absence of a natural person as the author of an opinion piece, the editor – by extension – becomes responsible for any false claims made in the article. The editor of IMI does not want that.
The Essential IMI Style Guide
- Punctuation: We use the Oxford comma.
- Latin/French/other foreign language terms that a non-negligible segment of readers will be unfamiliar with should be italicized (i.e., non sequitur/raison d’être/schadenfreude);
- Please limit paragraphs to 2-4 sentences;
- Avoid passive voice syntax unless its avoidance renders a sentence unnecessarily cumbersome;
- Try to avoid trite and familiar turns of phrase, metaphors, and similes when you can.
- Spell out numbers that are pronounceable in a single syllable; write the rest numerically. (i.e.: “one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten” but “11, 50,439, and 13,000”).
- Write in either American or British English (“color” or “colour”, “standardize” or “standardise”) but stick to your chosen form consistently.
- Abbreviations: Spell the phrase out in full the first time you mention it, appending the abbreviation within parentheses immediately after: (“…conducted a background verification report (BVR) on the applicants.”) Apply the abbreviation to all subsequent mentions of the term.
- Use your own judgment and break any of the above rules if called for. “Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools,” said Douglas Bader.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it all right. We’ll conduct a quality-control in any case.
Christian Henrik Nesheim