Pitch a Story

Psychlopaedia™ welcomes story ideas and pitches.  If you have an idea, please email editor@psychlopaedia.org using ‘Pitch a story’ in the subject line.    Before submitting your story pitch, please read our contributor guidelines below.

Who we are

Psychlopaedia™ is an online publication devoted to psychology. It is produced in Australia by the Australian Psychological Society, for the public.

It is published online to highlight the diversity of the science and practice of psychology and improve psychological understanding.

It covers, at its editor’s discretion, all topics relating to psychology.

Types of content

Psychlopaedia™ focuses on providing insights and advice that will help people improve their health, relationships, work and performance, as well as busting myths about psychology and growing an understanding of this broad discipline.   It will decipher jargon and offer tips as well as publishing the latest research.  The focus will be on bringing quality evidence-based content to readers in an accessible form.

A variety of content will appear in Psychlopaedia™ including:

  • What is? Explainer articles about conditions or behaviour or treatments, generally 500 words in length.
  • Topic articles: articles that offer advice or insights on issues of interest to the community across the broad categories of Health, Family & Relationships, Learning & Development, Work & Performance and Society.
  • Articles that go behind the news headlines to give a deeper psychological perspective on a topical or breaking news issues e.g., bullying, family violence, climate change.
  • Top tips: brief tips on how to get the most out of life, including performance and health hacks.
  • Jargon-busters: brief explanations or definitions of psychological terms or concepts.

Editing process

Psychlopaedia™ will acknowledge pitches on their arrival and respond in greater detail within a month.

Contributions will be published at the discretion of the editorial team. They may be edited for reasons of sense, style, accuracy, tone, legal or other considerations. The final decision on editing and timing of publication remains with the editor.

Contributors

Psychlopaedia™ contributors are generally – but not exclusively – psychologists. Contributors must display detailed understanding of the psychological concepts on which they are writing.

At present we are unable to pay for contributions.

Approach

Psychology is an evidence-based practice and discipline. Contributors must draw on the established evidence in their writing for Psychlopaedia™, and where possible, linked references should be included within the body of articles.  Please take care to ensure only credible publications, organisations or individuals are promoted in this way.

Pieces may be augmented with observations and anecdotal experiences if these are credible and illuminate the wider relevance, importance or meaning of psychology and psychological concepts for the audience.

Tone

Psychlopaedia™ has a wide audience, with diverse levels of education and understanding of psychological ideas.

Please use everyday language, and terms widely understood in the community. Imagine addressing a hypothetical neighbour over the garden fence on this topic – adopt a similar tone of simple, clear explanation and illustrative details.

  • Be positive
  • Write as you talk
  • Be specific
  • Be concise
  • Use straightforward language

Terminology

Beware of psychological terms, which may be off-putting or confusing. Dispense with phrases such as ‘help-seeking behaviour’, when simpler, more engaging phrases such as ‘seeking help’ can do. Many specific psychological terms – such as mindfulness – have a place, if they are used sparingly and are accompanied with a definition in ordinary words.

Format and length

Psychlopaedia™ generally publishes items of 250-800 words, depending on the type of story. Remember that – as a rule – less is more, particularly for online articles. Consider adding related links that provide readers with more information if required.

Platform, frequency and promotion

Psychlopaedia™ will be updated regularly online.  Via subscription, readers will be updated by a regular newsletter highlighting new content. Contributions published on the site will also be promoted via social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Acknowledgements

A biography of the author, as well an author’s photograph and image, may be included at the editor’s discretion.

Disclosure

Authors must disclose any associations or interests that could be deemed a conflict of interest, or something that may run counter to their objectivity on any topic. Such information will be reviewed for disclosure by the editor.

Copyright

Contributions must be the original content of the author, for the exclusive publication of Psychlopaedia™ and must not infringe other individual or organisation’s copyright.  Information on copyright in Australia is available at www.copyright.org.au.

Creative Commons Licence

Unless otherwise noted, contributions to Psychlopaedia™ are published under a Creative Commons license – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International – which allows reproduction of this content, with appropriate attribution without amendment. For more information, view this licence.

Corrections

Psycholpaedia™ strives to correct all significant errors. Please contact editor@psychlopaedia.org,  if you observe any. Articles may be removed while errors are investigated and amendments made