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Following we list some guidelines for authors and contributors. The Shotokan Times works in the best interest of its readers. The guidelines serve to maintain a high standard of quality of our publications.
Obligations of Authors and Contributors
Work as thorough as possible, comply to the following guidelines, and work in the best interest of readers. Reliability, validity, and objectivity are paramount. If you express your own opinion make this clear.
Avoid esoteric or quasi-legal terms and dumbed-down language. Be plain, direct, unambiguous, and specific. Avoid platitudes and generalities. Do not invent new words.
A good article is characterized by a clear topic that it seeks to present or to discuss. It begins with a brief presentation of the topic and why it is important to the readers. It ends with a conclusion and/or outlook. Only with a clear topic an article will find its readership.
Be as Concise as Possible – But no More Concise
Verbosity is not a reliable defense against misinterpretation. Omit needless words. Direct, concise writing may be more clear than rambling examples. Footnotes and links to other pages and/or books may be used for further clarification.
Maintain Scope and Avoid Redundancy
Clearly identify the purpose and scope early in the page, as many readers will just look at the beginning. Content should be within the scope of its policy. When the scope of one advice page overlaps with the scope of another, minimize redundancy. When one policy refers to another policy, it should do so briefly, clearly and explicitly.
Source must be provided if the information, arguments, or hypotheses are not common knowledge. They can be provided in three ways:
- “Harvard style”, which is an in-text citation like (James 1989);
- Linking to sources;
- References at the bottom of the text.
Links to policies, guidelines, essays, and articles should be used only when clarification or context is needed. Links to other advice pages may inadvertently or intentionally defer authority to them. Make it clear when links defer, and when they do not.
Be Respectful and Constructive – Always
Respect is the major source of collaboration. Collaboration is the foundation of achieving things bigger than oneself. And it is just the right thing to do. Do not attack or harshly criticize other authors, schools, ideas, association etc. for their contribution or opinions. Nobody knows everything. We all do mistakes.
Keep SEO in Mind
Some things to consider:
- Use subheadings at least every 300 words;
- Paragraphs should be no longer than 150 words;
- 80% of the sentences should have less than 20 words.
Choose the Right Keywords
Write your article along a specific keyword, which is also your topic. Do not focus on more then three keywords. List them below your article so that we can easily identify what your article is about.
Keywords are also important for SEO. Good keywords with a high serach volume will determine the long-term success and interest of readers about your article.
These guidelines are subject to further changes. The Shotokan Times editorial office will alter them or it will add further paragraphs if necessary.
Contact for Submission
If you are interested in publishing an article please send an email to: email@example.com.