Editorial Policy

Concept

The blog provides timely insight, comment and analysis on international tax law. Posts are written by leading international tax experts from different backgrounds striving for fresh, high quality.  They examine international taxation, European tax law and relevant national developments of major tax jurisdictions (e.g. India, the US and Brazil).

Our goal is to publish thoughtful opinions which evoke discussion, rather than just news.

Organization

Kluwer and the General Editors define the blog’s focus, select the permanent bloggers and review guest posts.  Guest bloggers are invited to become permanent bloggers after they published at least six posts and can commit to the obligation of six to eight posts per year.

It is OK when you ask, from time-to-time, your direct colleagues to post a blog (even if they post under their own name; but we know that your arrange it, it will also count as a post of the permanent blogger).

Bloggers cannot “claim” topics.  Kluwer will set up a posting schedule and remind the bloggers regularly.  We accept that people may have periods where they are extremely busy: if a contributor (or their colleagues) did not deliver any posts in 4 months, they become guest bloggers again and will be reinvited as permanent bloggers under the procedure described above.

Benefits for bloggers

  • Blogs are quick mediums to publish commentary fast without long preparatory work.
  • Get noticed. Apart from email subscribers, Kluwer’s blogs are visited 3,000 – 22,000 times a month and reposted on social media sites such as LinkedIn.
  • Be part of a respected community based on the high standards set by Kluwer and the editors.
  • As a permanent blogger, you will be profiled on the kluwertaxblog home page.

Guidelines

  • Avoid mere case summaries: add a critical analysis and respectful candid views.
  • We appreciate posts that include or explore major themes.
  • Write about tax law – no family stories, political discourse, or law firm gossip.
  • Write about what matters to you. This is the first commandment of blogging.
  • Keep your posts international, or comparative in nature. Few countries are large enough to be of wide interest.
  • Use short eye-catching titles (Capitalized Like This).
  • Posts should generally be 500 to 1,500 words.
  • Practise good text layout. Readability is important if you want your blog read. g.:
    • insert spaces between paragraphs and underline or embolden headings; and
    • use lists. Readers skim rather than read it all. Lists call attention to important points.
  • Avoid footnotes or endnotes where possible. Hyperlink outside references in the text body.
  • Don’t be too formal. Blogging is a more informal medium than print and more “face-to-face”.
  • Edit yourself. Reread your draft for typos (spell check!) or redundancies. Make it lean.
  • Avoid clichés like ‘slams’, ‘right as rain’ ‘out of the box’.
  • Don’t repost. We are not interested in copies taken from elsewhere, unless they are substantially reworked and repurposed specifically for the Kluwertaxblog.
  • DON’T plagiarise. Your posts will be removed.

Editorial Policy

It is a violation of our editorial policy to

  • publish any material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from the rightful owner;
  • publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage the publisher or any third party; or
  • submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libellous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethically offensive, otherwise disruptive to civil debate on the blog, or encourages conduct that would be considered as a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, or violate any law.
  • Furthermore, the Publisher and Editor(s) of the blog may at their discretion remove submitted comments and/or other material from the blog if they have a reason to believe that the materials are in violation of the Editorial Policy.

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