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Article Writing Guideline

Editorial guidelines for those willing to publish their work/ article on Planning Tank.

All articles contributed must be written without biasness. Planning Tank will not be responsible for opinions reflected in the articles.

One article should cover only 1 topic. The relevant points might be discussed but they should not change the focus of article itself. Approx. 70% -80% of the content should focus on the main topic (unless otherwise required & agreed upon) as this keeps the focus are of article clear. Articles to be written using the Author account (Word Press Interface).

Note: Please check if the topic you wish to write upon has already been covered on our website so as to avoid duplication. You can also check this by searching on Google "Your Topic/ keywords" followed by Planning Tank. For ex. central place theory Planning Tank. Then check for the first few results from our website, this will give a basic idea about what has already been covered, and if the topic has been covered then what aspect is already covered by checking the few articles from the search results.

Kindly provide us with following information if you have not written the article yet:

  1. Title or the topic you wish to write upon if you are planning to start writing.

  2. Please perform a search on our website to verify that topic is not yet covered. If it has already been covered then kindly give it a read to check if it is similar to what you wish to write about or if you are covering something different/ doing any value addition.

  3. If you wish to submit your research work such as dissertation/ thesis/ term paper etc, then a different format has to be followed. More details available on Thesis Submission

If you plan to start writing or if the article is ready and available with you, kindly submit your article by sending it in a MS Word format (a simple file without multiple columns, border, design or other decorative formatting). Basic guidelines which needs to be followed are as follows:

  1. Unique, well formatted with relevant heading & sub headings, bullet points (if required). Please do not use "ALL CAPS" unless really required.

  2. Min. word requirement - 1200 words

  3. Use of tables, bullet points, comparisons (as and where required) are highly recommended. 

  4. Please perform a Plagiarism check before sending the article (you can do so here Plagiarism Checker. Once your submission is received, we will perform a more detailed plagiarism check. 

  5. Use image only if you have the rights to use that image or if the image is taken from public domain. All images should be jpg, avoid png format unless absolutely necessary. Images should be properly named/ titled. Images should have source or you should have copyrights/ permission to use it. Width of the image should not exceed 750 px in width (you can check and change the size of image in tools such as Paint).

  6. A brief author bio 2-3 lines which will be published at end of the article to credit the author/s.

  7. Providing references/ citation and source wherever relevant and applicable. Kindly move the sources and references to the end of the file (kindly use endnotes in place of footnotes), numbering can be added in the form of superscript or in brackets. 

  8. Different examples including international examples (if applicable) as we cater to a global audience, this helps the readers to understand the situation with a wider perspective instead of being restricted to a particular geographical region.

  9. Information about any prior publication (if the work being submitted to Planning Tank has been published anywhere else either online or offline).

  10. Have a catchy title for the article and have sub headings in the articles to divide it into parts as it makes it easier to read.

  11. Generic headings/ sub-headings to structure your article can be:

    • Introduction/ Overview/ A brief history/definition

    • Few lines on what does the topic deals with and few closely related topics

    • Additional paragraphs on the aspects you wish to cover on the main topic.

    • Pros & Cons or Other comparisons (if applicable)

    • Supporting facts/ conclusions/ examples

Note 1: We do not provide a certificate for one time or occasional contributions. However credits will be provided in the form of author bio at the end of the article. 

Note 2: Any monetary reward/ honorarium is paid in some cases depending on our requirements, quality of content submitted and on conditions as agreed upon. 

This will help us in reviewing submissions in a timely manner and suggest any changes if required. We hope this covers the required information to help you get started, feel free to contact us for any queries you might have. 

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