Contributing to Togatus: the low-down

Every submitted piece will go through the Content Editors first (henceforth “editor”), then to the Deputy Editor and the EIC. The Deputy Editor or the EIC will send you a Google Docs link with some comments and suggestions. Each article will always have one editor assigned to it. Larger articles or articles concerning more sensitive or political topics may be looked over by both editors.

All our editing is done through Google Docs. We provide you a link to a Google Docs file with permission to edit the piece. A Gmail account is not required. Contributors may edit on the document directly, or can submit a separate document with a revised draft depending on preference.

The editing process in detail can be viewed here.

When writing pieces, we recommend to keep the following in mind, and we would highly recommend it if you answer the following questions so the editorial team can keep them in mind during the editing process

  • Who are you writing for? This question helps establish tone and how you write your piece.
  • After you finish writing your piece: Will your intended audience read it and understand it? This may help you edit some things prior to submission (paragraph or word arrangement, addition or omission of detail).
  • Your vision. What is the purpose of this piece?
  • Do you have a particular structure or style that you’re aiming for? (e.g. conversational tone)

During the editing process, the editors will likely read your piece at least three times, looking for:

  • Spelling mistakes, grammar, and syntax errors
  • Flow and tone consistency
    • Does this piece read smoothly? Does it sound jarring in some areas?
    • Does the strength of the voice waver throughout the piece?
    • Does the piece veer outside convention (e.g. news turning to opinion, feature turning to opinion)?
  • Audience engagement and concept
    • How well do you portray your points to your intended audience?

You are notified that the piece now has suggested edits.

  • Areas highlighted in red are important and must be taken into consideration. Red highlights may contain a comment explaining why if required, and suggestions on how to fix it.
  • Suggested edits are reserved for basic errors such as typos, punctuation, spelling, or grammar.
  • At the end of each piece will general comments on the piece from the sub editor (and the Deputy Editor and EIC if required), outlining strengths, concerns, and general suggestions.

After you submit it back, the piece will bounce back between the original author and the editorial team until it is ready to be published.

  • Your piece should show that the most important suggested edits (especially the ones in red highlights) have been taken into consideration
  • Your piece shows a clear intended audience
  • You be happy, which makes us happy, so everybody is happy. 😀

 

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