Submission guidelines

Inquiry promotes U of M research excellence and innovation to a broad audience and taps into the collective knowledge of our research community. We welcome ideas for original stories as well as story submissions from across the university.


Content

Stories that fit our general content criteria and align with the themes in our research strategic plan will be considered.

General content:  Stories that illustrate U of M research excellence and demonstrate the university’s global preeminence; U of M scientific breakthroughs and cutting edge discoveries; and stories that highlight collaborative, transdisciplinary research projects and partnerships.

Feature articles: Inquiry publishes feature articles written by leading researchers and U of M faculty and staff that address current topics and trends in university research. Features provide a unique platform for sharing ideas with the broader research community and other Inquiry audiences.

Other content considerations include:

  • Post length ranges from 200-800 words, though should be consistent with the type of content submitted. (See our content categories for reference.)
  • Stories should be written with the general public in mind and should avoid too many scientific terms (those that are used should be defined), jargon and acronyms.

How to submit

Stories and ideas for original stories can be sent directly to ovprcomm@umn.edu at any time. Please provide a brief description of the story, the author’s name and identifying department or unit.

If available, include visuals with the story and cite the photographer or original source. We can also help find or produce appropriate images for the story.


Editorial policy

Publication is subject to approval based on quality, content and other editorial considerations. For these reasons, submissions are not guaranteed publication. Inquiry will not consider stories that include slanderous or offensive language.

If your story is approved, our editorial staff will contact you to discuss next steps and timing for publication.

Approved contributors will be provided with simple instructions to set up a Word Press account.

Inquiry staff will prepare the draft for publication, set up relevant tags, add art and conduct final edits. However, the contributor will appear as the official author of the post.


Submissions we do not generally accept

Events, award announcements, new hires, non-research policy changes and other general information.


Audience

Inquiry’s subscribers consist of U of M faculty, students and staff; research and industry partners; funders; and alumni. We continue to expand our audience to include more members of the higher education community; elected officials; media outlets; and key communicators and influencers.


Distribution

Posts are always shared via Twitter, often in collaboration with other university partners, such as University Relations, the Alumni Association, the UM Foundation and colleges.

Some posts are part of a larger campaign that include Tweets, emails, notices in Brief, media pitches and other tactics coordinated with communications partners across the U and external sources.

A monthly newsletter is sent to our subscriber list that highlights Inquiry’s top, recently published content.

We look forward to sharing your stories, ideas, successes and solutions. For more information or questions about our editorial policy, contact Erin Dennis, Inquiry managing editor: 612-625-1515, edennis@umn.edu.