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About The Conversation Canada

The Conversation (theconversation.com/ca) is an internationally proven, independent, non-profit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the public. We publish articles (600-800 words) by academics on timely topics related to their research.

Our mission is to enhance the visibility, national and global reach and impact of Canadian scholars and universities. Our team of professional editors work with researchers to unlock their knowledge for audiences across Canada, contributing to a better understanding of current affairs and complex issues.

Who Reads The Conversation?

By writing, academics can reach audiences in publications locally, nationally and internationally. Our articles are free to read and free to republish on a Creative Commons license – anybody can republish our articles and we actively promote their republication.

Articles published on The Conversation have been republished in large media outlets such as The Washington Post, Maclean’s, The National Post, CNN, Scientific American and many more. Through our partnerships with The Canadian Press, our articles will be distributed to media outlets across the country, providing analysis in communities that would not otherwise been able to hear from these academics.

Why Write for The Conversation Canada?

Authors have access to an author dashboard and can see the number of reads the article has received, the geographic location of those readers and by what media outlets the article has been republished. Dashboards also monitor all engagement on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as well as comments on site. These metrics can be used to demonstrate public engagement and education.

What is The Conversation Canada looking for in an article?

Our editors consider four things in a pitch:

  • Is it of interest to a general audience? Our articles will be read across Canada and globally by non-academics. What does a layperson want or need to know?
  • Is the idea timely? Timeliness can mean many things: new research, analysis of something in the news, commentary pegged to historic anniversaries. Why should a reader care now?
  • Is the academic an expert in what they are writing about?
  • Can the academic cover the topic in 800 words or fewer? Our articles are not comprehensive, but rather make critical points that the public needs to be aware of.

Our Process

Authors must be affiliated with an academic institution. Our editors work with authors to establish the angle and structure of the piece. Authors must fill out a disclosure form listing any conflicts of interest. Authors have control over the final copy: our editors cannot publish without author approval.

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