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Opinion & expert view guidelines

Would you like to contribute with your opinion or expert view and publish it on FAIRPLANET?

If you belong to an organisation concerned with human rights and/or environmental issues or if you are an independent expert on these issues write to us. Please read these editorial guidelines before writing and submitting your piece to us.

Definition and criteria for inclusion

An opinion piece (OpEd) is an external contribution which looks at the particular political issues from a more detached point of view, taking a general interest perspective.

OpEds often come from think tanks or researchers, but also from leading opinion makers, public institutions, national ministers or members of parliament. They may also originate from civil society, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private interest groups.

To qualify for publication, OpEd articles need to take a stance on human rights, environment, technology, economics or arts often making recommendations on a particular issue. They should be written in clear, concise language and should ideally be 700-800 words and not exceed 1,000 words in length.

Lobbying pieces which self-promote an organisation, petitions, open letters will not be published as an OpEd. Authors should clearly indicate in a transparent way all the interests they represent. In any case an approval by one of our editors is always needed before publication.

Structure and publication

FAIRPLANET – hereafter abbreviated as FP – may rarely edit OpEds, but does not commit to doing so. OpEds should be submitted preferably in English. In exceptional cases we may translate an original German piece to English. 

OpEds are preferably original pieces published in extenso, with the author’s explicit approval. When republishing from external sources, FP provides a hyperlink to the original website.

The title and abstract of OpEds reflect FP’s choice in underlining the relevance of the piece submitted. The title is kept the same as the original if it does fit FP's criteria, i.e: short, easy to understand and snappy. The abstract is a summary in maximum 60 words, connecting with current debates.

Submitted pieces feature a topical picture that illustrates the contents addressed in the piece, not that of its author. Selected by the editor, suggestions of potential pictures (with full indication of rights holders) can be made to

For OpEds with a suggested publication date, do send us a copy of your (near) final text at least 5 working days in advance. Our editors do not need to justify their choices, but will usually reply within 3 working days.

Thank you. We look forward to publishing your piece. 

Yours, FP Editors


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