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BISI Editorials

Published: August 23, 2012

About BISI Editorials

BISI Editorials do not necessarily reflect the views of the NACBS or its affiliates.  Our aim is to host a space for debate and agreement in which users are able to participate.

Registered readers are invited to comment on any article, providing they read and abide by our community standards and participation guidelines (see below). Comments are post-moderated but in order to keep the standard of debate as high as possible our moderators will intervene swiftly if users contravene the guidelines.

If you have an editorial that you would like to publish, please e-mail  it to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.  While all submissions will be considered,  publication will depend upon space, content, and relevance.  Not all submissions will receive a reply.

Editorial Guidelines

BISI accepts opinion articles on any topic related to British and Irish Studies. The suggested length is 750 words, but submissions of any length will be considered. We ask that all submissions be sent exclusively to BISI. Typically, we will not consider articles that have already been published in print or online. Submissions may be sent to Jason M. Kelly at jaskelly@iupui.edu.

Please note that e-mailed articles should be pasted or typed into the body of the message; please do not send attachments.

We read all submissions promptly and will contact you within five business days if we are going to publish your article. If you have not heard from us within five business days, please assume that we will not be able to publish your article. Given the volume of submissions we receive, we regret that we are unable to call or email in the event an article has been rejected.

Participation and Moderation Guidelines

The BISI editorial standards are a slightly modified version of the Guardian.co.uk Community  Standards and Participation Guidelines (http://www.guardian.co.uk/community-standards).

1. We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated. The key to maintaining BISI as an inviting space is to focus on intelligent discussion of topics.

2. For the sake of robust debate, we will distinguish between constructive, focused argument and smear tactics.

3. We understand that people often feel strongly about issues debated on the site, but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening. Please respect other people's views and beliefs and consider your impact on others when making your contribution.

4. We reserve the right to redirect or curtail conversations which descend into flame-wars based on ingrained partisanship or generalisations. We don't want to stop people discussing topics they are enthusiastic about, but we do ask users to find ways of sharing their views that do not feel divisive, threatening or toxic to others.

5. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such. We recognise the difference between criticising a particular government, organisation, community or belief and attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

6. We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings, or material posted in potential breach of copyright.

7. We will remove any posts that are obviously commercial or otherwise spam-like. Our aim is that this site should provide a space for people to interact with our content and each other, and we actively discourage commercial entities passing themselves off as individuals, in order to post advertising material or links. This may also apply to people or organisations who frequently post propaganda or external links without adding substantively to the quality of the discussion on BISI.

8. Keep it relevant. We know that some conversations can be wide-ranging, but if you post something which is unrelated to the original topic ("off-topic") then it may be removed, in order to keep the thread on track. This also applies to queries or comments about moderation, which should not be posted as comments.

9. Be aware that you may be misunderstood, so try to be clear about what you are saying, and expect that people may understand your contribution differently than you intended. Remember that text isn't always a great medium for conversation: tone of voice (sarcasm, humour and so on) doesn't always come across when using words on a screen.

10. The platform is ours, but the conversation belongs to everybody. We want this to be a welcoming space for intelligent discussion, and we expect participants to help us achieve this by notifying us of potential problems and helping each other to keep conversations inviting and appropriate. If you spot something problematic in community interaction areas, please report it. When we all take responsibility for maintaining an appropriate and constructive environment, the debate itself is improved and everyone benefits.

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