Guest Post FAQ

Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions on writing guest posts for the Biofortified Blog.

Can I write about whatever I want?

Yes and no. We let our contributors come up with ideas on what to write about, but generally we will only publish posts that are in line with the topics that we regularly discuss on the blog. See What to Write About for topic ideas, and feel free to contact us to check before you write.

Can I submit a post I wrote for my own blog?

Yes! Republishing articles and posts you have written is a great way to bring more people into the discussion. Make sure to link to the original source in your post, and if you wrote it for someone else, make sure you have their permission as well.

Can I republish something that someone else has written?

Perhaps, but you need to secure permission from the copyright owner. As with republishing posts and articles from your own site, you will need to link to the original source within your post. Send us a copy of the permission provided from the owner.

Do I get paid to write guest posts?

No, like posts from our regular authors, guest posts are not paid. We are a non-profit organization with a very small budget, so that would just not be possible. Write because you want to write! In the future, we may be able to commission specific pieces about important issues, but these will be handled in a different format than guest posts.

Can other people pay me to write guest posts?

NO! We do not accept paid posts. By writing a guest post on Biofortified, you are agreeing that you have not gotten paid to write it. Otherwise, our blog becomes a vehicle for potentially devious marketing strategies. You also cannot pay us to post your articles. However, if you are paid to write by a news organization or another blog, you can re-post those same articles with permission from them, and you must link to the original source within the post.

I work for a biotech company, can I write a guest post?

You certainly could contribute a guest post, but please consult with the public relations office in your company to make sure you have permission and that you are using appropriate disclaimers. We require that contributors write with their real name and disclose any financial conflicts of interest in their profile. Your guest post should be your own personal views and not the views of your company.

I represent a biotech company, can I write about our new product?

It’s great that you would like people to learn about your product, but the Biofortified Blog is not a place to advertise. However, if you are interested in answering questions about your product in an interview, contact us.

I work for the government, can I write a guest post?

We welcome posts by government employees and elected officials. However, you should check with your supervisor and/or ethics office. It is important to use appropriate disclaimers so people don’t misinterpret your personal opinions as government policy. If you want to promote a policy, bill, amendment, etc, this raises similar issues as promoting company products. In this case, it would be best to contact us; an interview may be a more appropriate format.

I do not like GMOs and I think they should be stopped. Can I write a guest post?

Yes, you can! But keep in mind that we are interested in a fact-based discussion. All contributors need to fully reference any claims you make. Be sure to differentiate between established fact and your opinions. We are interested in promoting civil discussion, so opinion posts that are original and interesting may be accepted to be published on the blog, provided they meet our other requirements.

I think GMOs are going to fix all our problems. Can I write a guest post?

Yes, you can! But keep in mind that we are interested in a fact-based discussion. All contributors need to fully reference any claims you make. Be sure to differentiate between established fact and your opinions. We are interested in promoting civil discussion, so opinion posts that are original and interesting may be accepted to be published on the blog, provided they meet our other requirements.

I just published a peer-reviewed paper! Can I write a post about it?

Yes! This is a great way to communicate your research to a wider audience, and we would be happy to help you get a discussion going. It is good to talk about where research is headed, but please be careful to delineate between what your paper demonstrated, and things that have yet to be demonstrated. Be careful about over-reaching with preliminary data.

I discovered that ____ is going to cause ____! Can I publish this on the blog?

As a science-based blog, we encourage you to first seek publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and to validate your results with a 3rd party. We regularly criticize non-peer-reviewed scientific research, and poorly-conducted peer-reviewed research as well. Some of our contributors have crunched numbers with publicly-available data to write interesting posts exploring some topics, but if the claims are extraordinary, a journal is the proper place for it, not the Biofortified Blog.

I read something that I disagree with. Can I write a rebuttal?

Yes. If you disagree with something on the Biofortified Blog, the first step is to comment on the offending post. We strive to provide accurate information, so if there are errors we may ask the author to address them, post a correction, or pull the post entirely. Feel free to contact us and outline the errors, with sources for correct information. If the disagreement is a matter of opinion, and you have a lot to say, a guest post may be the best way to continue the discussion.

Can I call someone a liar, fraud, shill, or lackey in my post?

To accuse someone of intentionally being deceptive is a heavy charge, one that we do not take lightly. There may be legal consequences for yourself and our blog if these claims are false. Per our Comment Policy, please avoid making such accusations. If someone is being intentionally deceptive, you should have very specific, verifiable evidence of this, which is difficult to obtain. If it needs to be said, it needs to be backed up. You post will be rejected if you go too far.

Can I write a post in a language other than English?

Currently, most of our readers understand English, but we are interested in reaching a wider audience. Perhaps you are more comfortable writing in your native language, or the people you want to reach speak a language other than English. You could write in another language, and then translate it to English. We could then publish both versions. There are also language-specific rooms in the Forum.

I don’t understand how to submit my guest post. Help?

You  need to register for the blog, and contact us to get your account changed to Contributor status. For information on how to write and submit your post, see the Guest Post Tutorial.

Still have Questions?

Do you have any other general questions about writing guest posts? Feel free to contact us, or ask them in the comment section below. We will address questions on this page and delete comments after that has been done.