DPanswers.com guidelines for authors

DPanswers welcomes submissions from authors that think they have material that is relevant to this website. Getting published on DPanswers excellent way to put your stuff on the web without having to set up your own website or dealing with the complexities of markup. Having your articles featured on DPanswers will give your name recognition. If you already have a website, you may link back to it to boost your traffic. If you want to know more about being published on DPanswers, or want to discuss an idea for an article please contact the editor.

Below, you find some guidelines for authors to help you understand what type of contributions we accept and what we don't accept. Before you contribute to the site, we would appreciate if you would please read this page first. And if you do not agree with these Guidelines or the Terms of Service, we respectfully request that you refrain from submitting contributions to the DPanswers.

  1. CONTENT GUIDELINES:
    1. DPanswers only publishes original contributions that is relevant to the main mission of the DPanswers website (to provide information about digital photography). Contributions must be helpful and the author should share his or her unique expertise about a single focused topic. Relevant material include reviews of photographic equipment, descriptions of photographic technique (including tips and tutorials), analysis of photographic works from a technical and/or aesthetic angle, as well as surveys, case-studies, opinions and commentary relevant to the art and craft of digital photography.
    2. DPanswers does not publish press releases, self-promotion, or other types of material that are deemed to have the commercial or private interests of the author as its main motivation.
    3. DPanswers does not publish material that are unlawful, immoral, defamatory, harassing, hateful, abusive, fraudulent, obscene, or misleading. DPanswers does not publish material that violates the legal rights of others, including, but not limited to, material designed to elicit responses that relate to illegal activity or that infringe upon another party's copyright, moral rights or intellectual property rights. DPanswers does not publish material that provide and/or request private information about individuals.
    4. The Publisher of DPanswers reserves the right not to publish or otherwise not to use content that violate the foregoing guidelines. It also means that the Publisher reserves the right to remove or edit user uploaded material, in whole or in part, that are deemed, at the sole discretion of the Publisher, to violate these guidelines. The Publisher also reserves the right to remove objection­able, or personally identifiable (except author's credit), information from any material. However, the Publisher will not be responsible or liable for the exercise or non-exercise of such rights.
  2. LANGUAGE GUIDELINES:
    1. The DPanswers website uses British English as its norm for spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalisation and sentence structure. If possible, we will appreciate that you write and proof your article using British English. If this is not possible, we will run the article through a British English spell-checker in order to make its language conform to the website.
    2. Please follow the following punctuation rules: Always place two spaces after a period and colon. Periods should be placed inside of quotes; When using ellipsis (…), you should use exactly 3 dots. When using dashes between words, always use two in a row (--). Never place a space before a period, comma, colon, semicolon, question mark, or exclamation mark.
  3. FORMAT GUIDELINES: DPanswers accepts articles in a number of formats, including HTML, OpenDocument (.odt and .fodt), and Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx). If you plan to submit in another format, please ask.
    1. COLUMN WIDTH: DPanswers uses a two-column layout where the main column is 514 px wide, Please make sure that images and tables that is part of your article will fit into this format. You need not worry too much about formatting of text. If your article is accepted for publication, the DPanswers editorial staff will do final the markup before your article is published on the website.
    2. ARTICLE TITLE: The title is what will get an audience interested in your article, so make sure you pick a good one.
      1. Do not end your title with a period.
      2. Do not use HTML-tags of any kind in your title.
      3. Do not use your author name, affiliation, or any URL in your title.
      4. Try to find a title where the first 3-4 words is representative of the main content of your article. For example, instead of: “Top ten ways to get the exposure right when making photographs”, use: “Expose your photos correctly: Top ten methods for nailing exposure”. The first four words of the title is much more important to search engines than the rest, so they will determine how much traffic your article will get through external search engines.
      5. Make sure your title is representative for the actual content of the article.
    3. AUTHOR NAMES: This identify you, and any co-authors, as the author(s) of the article. We only accept articles that identify authors by their real names.
      1. You must include the full first and last name as all the authors of the article. Each name must begin with a capital letter.
      2. Name should be given as first name followed by last name, with a comma separating the authors. Order is decided by the authors.
      3. Do not use or include any company or corporate names in the list of author's names.
      4. Do not use or include any URLs, email addresses, adjectives, nouns, descriptors, or religious titles as part if your author name.
      5. You may include your title (Mr., Ms.), doctorate-level degree (Dr., Ph.D., etc.) or family suffixes (Jr., II, etc) as part if your author name.
    4. KEYWORDS: Listing a set of keywords related to your article helps us making your article findable through site searches and will help you bring more traffic to your article.
      1. Please make sure you put a comma between each keyword.
      2. You should have a minimum of 4-5 keywords and a maximum of 15.
      3. Do not use keywords that are unrelated to the content of your article.
    5. SUMMARY: The purpose of the article summary or abstract is to outline the benefits that your article will deliver.
      1. Every article should have a 3-7 sentence article summary that does not exceed 150 words.
      2. Do not use HTML tags of any kind in your article summary.
      3. Do not put your author name, any website URL, email-address or blatant self-promotion in your article summary.
    6. ARTICLE BODY:
      1. The article body should be a minimum of 250 words and no more than 5000 words. For DPanswers, an ideal article size is 400-750 words.
      2. Your article body must deliver on what is promised in the title. Please do not submit teaser links or stubs that require a reader to reference another source in order to receive what has been promised.
    7. LINKS: Including relevant links in your article helps readers find and explore other resources.
      1. Make sure any link you include in the article is click-able and fully functional.
      2. Do not use HTML or CSS to add style attributes to a link or a link label.
      3. Links may point to PDF-files, but not to any other non-HTML file type that need be downloaded to be viewed.
      4. Do not include links to web pages that are banned by Google or to pages that engage in questionable SEO practises.
      5. Do not submit articles with duplicate URLs (i.e. articles that include the same link more than once).
      6. Do not use “strategic keywords” in the link label. Link labels should add value to the article topic rather than stand out as abuse of link labels for SEO purposes.
      7. Do not link to pages unrelated to the link label. For example, if you use the word “histogram” in a link label, the link should point to a page about histograms, not to a histogram-unrelated page that does not add value.
      8. Do not link to web pages that are under construction, even if the plan is to add relevant content later. Web pages must have relevant content in order for you to link to them from your article.
    8. IMAGES: Using images is an excellent way of enhancing articles.
      1. All images should be submitted as separate files. Make sure that they are not wider than 514 px. If the images you submit are wider, they will be scaled to fit a 514px column.
      2. You should indicate in your manuscript where you want each image inserted into the text, and what text to use as caption for each image.
    9. COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
      1. You retain copyright to your article. If you want to display an explicit copyright notice, it will be placed at the bottom of your article.
      2. You may link each author's name in the copyright notice to the home page the author's principal personal website. We respectfully request that authors refrain from using this link for promoting other websites than their own, and that the websites linked to are legal and in good taste. The Publisher reserve the right to reject back-links to sites that are illegal or deemed to not be in good taste.
      3. You may include a Creative Commons license or other type of reprint rights statement in your article. If you do, it must be at the bottom of your article (below the copyright notice).
  4. LICENSING:
    1. Each Author retains the copyright of all original material he or she contributes to the Service. However, by contributing material, the Author implicitly grants the Publisher a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, edit, translate, publish, perform, display, post, transmit and distribute contributed material without compensation to the Author for internal or external purposes, alone or as part of other works in any form, media, or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, and to sub-license such rights.
    2. Except as noted above, any use of material extracted from this Service is explicitly forbidden without permission of the original copyright holder. This includes, but is not limited to, use on advertising-supported, free web­sites, use on for-pay websites, and bundling with commercial products.
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