Guidelines for Op-Eds

Guidelines for Op-Eds

Salzburg Global Seminar welcomes pitches and complete submissions from our Fellows for our Opinions section of the website and Clemens magazine.

Salzburg Global Seminar is grateful to all of our Fellows who donate their time and expertise to create this engaging content. 


To pitch an op-ed to Salzburg Global Seminar, please contact Louise Hallman, Strategic Communications Manager ( with the following:

  • A brief overview (one to two sentences) of the topic you wish to address and the angle you will take.
  • A brief explanation of why you, in your professional or personal capacity, are well-placed to write this article.
  • Information on which social media platforms on which you are active and where you plan to share your article; include usernames.
  • Information on whether you have published this elsewhere or intend to do so.

Salzburg Global Seminar is open to republishing existing op-eds, providing they meet our editorial standards and are deemed suitable for our audience. 

If your article has already been published elsewhere, please provide Salzburg Global Seminar with both the original link and a contact to the publisher to gain clearance for republication. 

Salzburg Global will review and give feedback on your pitch within a week of submission. 


When writing an op-ed for please keep the following in mind:

  • Be opinionated. These are opinion articles and can thus be provocative and polemical, but should also be engaging rather than confrontational. Include a call to action if you wish.
  • Be short, concise, to the point. Remember: this is a short online article, not an essay or a long-read feature. The ideal length is between 500 and 700 words*. 
  • Be evidence-based. Do not use footnotes or endnotes, but instead include URL links to cited data, quotes, speeches, reports, academic research, etc., where appropriate. These can be from your own organization, reputable news outlets or academic institutions, preferably in English.
  • Be timely and relevant, drawing on recent and upcoming issues where you can. 
  • Be aimed at a knowledgeable but non-specialist audience. Avoid overly technical language and expand acronyms. Our readership is primarily our Fellows across our programs, not only those who attended the same program series that you did, and they are based all over the world, so please keep in mind that your reader may not have expert knowledge and/or be based in another country and/or field.   
  • Use blogging techniques such as use of lots of subheaders, bullets and lists, e.g. “5 Ways A Can Tackle X”, if you wish. These sorts of posts tend to get more attention on social media platforms. 
  • Have your professional affiliation publicly listed. Your professional background helps convey your expertise in this area. If writing with your professional affiliation, be cleared by your employer or corporate communications department ahead of publication if necessary. This article should be publicly attributed to you in your professional capacity; unlike our programs, it is not under Chatham House Rule and will be publicly available in print and online. We would prefer not to have to take down the article after publication. 
  • Include a short one-line bio description at the end to make clear to the reader your professional background and affiliation to Salzburg Global Seminar. 

*When writing for Clemens magazine, Salzburg Global will provide an exact character count.

Salzburg Global Seminar reserves the right to edit your article in adherence with our house style, especially with regards to references to and branding of Salzburg Global Seminar. If your article is edited, Salzburg Global will share this with you prior to publication. We also reserve the right to decline to publish the article if we feel it does not meet our editorial standards or is deemed unsuitable for our audience.

Questions can be directed to Louise Hallman, Strategic Communications Manager, Salzburg Global Seminar: