Policy Options magazine is an online public forum for the informed discussion of public policy. We celebrate diverse viewpoints on the public policy issues that face our country and the world. Public policy is a vast subject — it can include everything from artificial intelligence to international trade, from health care to Indigenous affairs. Because politics and public policy go hand in hand, we also publish articles that scrutinize the political approaches to major policy issues.
Our contributors include academics, independent researchers, legislators, people in the nongovernmental and not-for-profit sectors, journalists and individuals from corporate Canada. We accept submissions from PhD candidates. We also accept pieces from masters or undergraduate students who co-author with a supervising professor and/or have direct work experience in the area they are writing about.
We like submissions that analyze and critique policies, legislation, regulations, laws and strategies. We particularly look for articles that propose solutions and include recommendations for making public policy better.
A maximum number of three co-authors will be accepted on submissions. Other contributing authors can be referenced at the bottom of the article.
Articles in Policy Options generally follow an “op-ed” style. This means the article should include a clearly defined premise and well fleshed out arguments that are based on your research or professional experience in the subject.
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Pieces written in the style of a report, an essay or an academic journal article will not be accepted.
Articles about other countries are welcome, but we like to hear how the subject relates to Canada.
Always keep in mind that our readers are as diverse as our contributors. Submissions must be understood by a wide audience, including people who have never read about your topic. Avoid academic or industry jargon, and unpack your ideas in simple language.
Identify your sources, but don’t use footnotes or author-date citations. Hyperlinks are best. For sources not found online, give us the information in parentheses.
Figures and tables are welcome, but please include the underlying data and the source. If your article lends itself to interesting photographs that you can provide, please let us know.
Aim for a length of 750-1,200 words. You can submit your article in English or French.
To submit an article, please e-mail the Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, please note that if we agree to publish your article, we will need a high-definition head shot of you and a biographical note of no longer than 30 words for our website.
Compensation for submissions
Policy Options operates on a free-access, non-commercial basis, with a full-time staff of three, a part-time staff of four, plus a handful of editorial contractors. Our limited budget makes it challenging to compensate contributors financially. What we offer in exchange to people who graciously share their insights with us is some of the best copy editing and social media promotion you will find in Canadian media. We devote our resources to making your article the best it can be, and making sure it has maximum impact. On the rare occasion, we will solicit and pay for articles from freelance journalists or professional writers.