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What kind of articles does FEX publish? 

We welcome ideas for articles and submissions at any time of field articles, research articles, evaluations, news items, views pieces and letters. 

Field articles are detailed accounts of programming experiences, challenges and lessons learned.

Research articles may be articles based on original field research or summaries of relevant research published elsewhere.

Evaluations may be articles presenting previously unpublished findings of evaluations or summaries of evaluation reports already published. 

News items are short articles highlighting or summarising initiatives or resources related to nutrition, e.g. key meetings, training, guidelines, assessment tools, etc.  

Views articles share a particular individual or agency’s perspective on a relevant topic.

Letters may be in response to previous articles or may raise new issues. 

What topic areas is Field Exchange most interested in? 

We publish a wide range of content on the management of undernutrition in all its forms. This includes articles related to nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming and institutional arrangements and coordination to support the treatment and prevention of undernutrition. We are interested in countries that are unstable, either due to conflict or natural disasters, or countries with high numbers of undernourished people.

Please browse previous issues of Field Exchange to get a feel for the type of content that we publish and if in doubt please email our sub-editor Chloe to ask. 

How do I submit an idea for an article? 

Please submit a short abstract (e.g. 400 words) outlining your proposed article by email to Chloe. This should include what you think the key lessons are for others in a similar situation. You can also send us any supporting information that you have to hand, such as a recent programme report or evaluation. We are also happy to recieve fully written articles for consideration. 

Our Field Exchange team meets regularly to consider the suitability of new ideas and submissions for upcoming print editions or for our repository of 'online only' content. We may ask for more information to help inform this decision.

Do you receive articles in other languages? 

We normally receive submissions in English and work with authors in English. However, we do have capacity to handle articles in French and therefore also welcome French submissions. We can provide a higher level of writing support to authors who are not used to writing in English or French. 

What happens if my submission is successful? 

If your submission is successful, our experienced editorial team will provide the support that you need to develop your article into a finished piece. This usually takes several rounds of revision over several weeks. Authors of original articles will be asked to sign off content before the article is published.   

Where an article specifically challenges a standard approach to programming or refers to another agency (for example), we may seek a postscript from an external reviewer or the agency in question that will accompany the article. We feel it is important to share all relevant experiences but ensure there is fair balance.

What supporting information will you need? 

You will be asked to complete an author form, with short biographies for each author and  acknowledgements. You will also be asked to submit headshots of each author and a selection of high resolution photographs with captions and credits to appear alongside your article. If your article includes figures, we will ask you to submit these separately in excel. If it is difficult for you to provide photographs, we can provide some appropriate stock photographs.  

How long are Field Exchange articles? 

The length of a field article is around 2000-3000 words. Research articles and evaluations are usually around 1500-2500 words. Views pieces and letters are usually shorter. We can help edit longer articles down to an acceptable word limit if you need help with this. 

Where and when will my article be published? 

We will publish your article online as soon as it is complete. If your article provides a good fit for the upcoming issue of Field Exchange, then it will also appear in the next full edition. Find here the schedule for upcoming editions. Full editions first appear online and then in print. Inceasingly, we produce 'bonus online' content that only appears on our website. This is content that does not provide a good fit with upcoming full editions, but that we feel is of importance to our readers. We encourage our readers to check our website regularly for new content and we also promote new uploads to our wide authorship via our website and social media. 

All original articles are also translated into French and published on the Field Exchange French pages of our website. We regularly promote this content to our French readership. 

If you have any more questions about writing for Field Exchange please don't hestiate to email us to ask. 


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