Guidelines for Guest Posts

These are the guidelines for guest posts on Companion Animal Psychology.

Guidelines for guest posts on Companion Animal Psychology

If you would like to propose a guest post, your pitch is more likely to be successful if you follow these guidelines. It would also be helpful to read previous guest posts by contributors to Companion Animal Psychology.

Please note, guest posts are not considered between mid-May and the end of October. 

1. Please send a pitch and not the whole article. We will let you know if we want to see the article. Companion Animal Psychology blog covers any aspect of the relationship between people and their pets, and any kind of companion animal (not just dogs and cats). We have a strong preference for stories that are evidence-based, and have a bias towards ethical, humane treatment of animals and people. Suitable subjects for guest posts include scientific research on animal behaviour, animal welfare, dog training, cat training, etc.

Photographers are also invited to send pitches for blogs based on photos of dogs or cats. Please put 'photo blog' in your subject line.

2. Contributors should have appropriate expertise. Please include a sentence or two that addresses why you are the right person for this story. For example, you have (or are working towards) a graduate degree in a relevant discipline; you have (or are working towards) a suitable dog training qualification such as CTC or KPA; or you have relevant experience in animal shelter and rescue. If your story is more of a personal piece, why are you the right person to write it and why is it a good fit for this blog?

Ideally, please mention your expertise in the subject line e.g. 'guest post proposal by dog trainer/cat behaviourist/scientist/student/shelter worker/blogger'.

3. You should expect to be edited to make your piece as good as it can be. Although there are no specific length requirements, stories are typically between 600 and 1200 words. Articles should be written for an intelligent reader who is not a scientist.

4. Wanting to get a back-link to your commercial website is not a good reason to pitch a story; such queries will be ignored. Please read through the blog and get a feel for whether or not your story is likely to be a good fit. If you're not a regular reader, the 'start here' button in the sidebar is a good place to start, as well as previous guest posts.

5. Companion Animal Psychology is not able to pay for guest posts at this time, and for this reason you may prefer to direct your pitch elsewhere.

If you have something you would like to propose, you can contact Zazie at companimalpsych at gmail dot com.

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