Contributors guidelines


Open Central Asia Magazine

Contributor Guidelines


Thank you for writing (or planning to write) an article for Open Central Asia magazine (“OCA”). We appreciate your time, efforts and experience to share your thoughts and messages. We get a lot of submissions and therefore would kindly ask that you read these guidelines and ensure that your writing adheres as close as possible to them in order to maximize your chances of publication in the next issue!

Nick Rowan


Open Central Asia Magazine


Contributor Guidelines


Topics – We look for articles that:

  • describe news and events related to the Central Asian (“CA”) community in Europe or CA;
  • have reasoned debate on subjects directly or indirectly affecting CA or CA community;
  • provide balanced opinion that interweaves experience and new ideas;
  • give program descriptions (district, state or international);
  • promote interviews with key figures of connection with CA,
  • are articles on other topics by prior agreement with OCA editorial team.


Articles should not advertise a specific product or service unless this has been agreed with OCA in advance. We reserve all rights with regards our editing of articles to make them comply with these guidelines.


Press releases will not be re-printed unless they have been converted into a suitable article of interest to our readers.


Length – News Articles: [250] words; Analysis, Opinion & Reports: [750] words maximum (unless otherwise agreed in advance).


Title – A suitable title must be provided to accompany the article. Please note we reserve the right to change this in full.


Language – English that flows well. It should be proofread by a native speaker and contain minimal errors or omissions. An article may be sent back for correction if it does not meet this criterion.


Style – Well-written and engaging. We encourage grace as well as clarity. Articles should avoid the use of the first person (unless otherwise agreed).


Format – Font should be 11- or 12-point Arial, whether in normal, bold, or italic, including endnotes. Please do not insert line breaks in the text or special spacing for formatting.


Citations – All citations should be in endnotes and not in the text.


Previous Publication – Articles for submission must be previously unpublished (unless otherwise agreed).


Biography – A small biography (maximum 100 words) and author photo (of good quality resolution) should be attached


Photography – At least 2 good quality photos would be preferred to accompany article (plus accreditation)


File Type – Please submit texts in MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or WordPerfect by e-mail to .


Rights & Permission – It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for the use of any copyrighted material, including images, sound, and video files. The author grants OCA the rights publish and reprint some or all of the article at its sole discretion.


Payment – OCA is a not-for-profit magazine and as such we rely solely on the generosity of our contributors. OCA may, at its sole discretion, offer a 1-year complimentary subscription to regular contributors. Upon request, all published authors shall receive a complimentary copy of the magazine in which their article is published.


Disclaimer – Statements of fact and opinion in the articles in OCA magazine are those of the respective authors and contributors and not of the editors or sponsors of OCA magazine. No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material in this journal and OCA cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The author should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.


The Editorial team at OCA reserve the sole right to accept, reject, reduce, edit or otherwise change submitted articles for publication.

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Open Central Asia Magazine
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London WC2R 0DZ or email

Please be advised that submitted materials will not be returned..

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