Contributors + Intellectual Property Agreement, Style Guide

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We are always on the hunt for new talent, and we would be delighted to consider applications to write articles for our site. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions, or if you have any suggestions or ideas for AGI we’d love to hear them!

Due to the scope of AGI, we are able to be very flexible in what our contributors write about. From business, politics, and current affairs to fashion, culture, reviews, and sociology, we aim to fill our publications with something for everyone. The one requirement is that all articles must relate to AGI’s Pan-Asian focus.

Please note that our word limit is 300 words, however slightly over is fine.

Please read our intellectual property agreement and style guide. All writers should go over these carefully before submitting their pieces. Any submitted works will be published on the assumption that the writer has agreed to abide by the terms of the agreement.

If we commission you to write a piece, our weekly submission deadline will be Thursday at 12pm. Any content submitted after this deadline has elapsed will not be scheduled to be published until the following week.

Please submit your content to: lucy@agimag.co.uk.

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 This agreement (the “Agreement”) is entered into by ___________________ (“Writer”), and Asian Global Impact (hereafter referred to as AGI).

In consideration of the mutual covenants made herein, the parties agree as follows:

Parties. Writer is engaged in the business of writing articles and other materials on a

freelance basis. AGI is engaged in the business of publication.

Services to be Provided by Writer. Writer agrees to submit, on his or her sole initiative, written articles to AGI. The manner and method of producing these Articles is solely at the discretion of Writer; AGI has no right of control over Writer’s manner or method of performance under this Agreement. Writer will submit Articles in accordance with the schedule of copy deadlines being used by AGI, to be edited at AGI’s discretion. If writer is on a pay per word agreement, AGI will provide subsequent compensation up to and not exceeding the maximum agreed word count for all published works.

Representations and Warranties of Writer. By submitting an Article to AGI,

Writer represents and warrants that the Article is Writer’s original work, that the Article is not owned by any third party, that the Article is accurate, that the Article has not been obtained by unlawful means, that the Article has not been previously published in any manner or medium, specifically including, but not limited to, print or electronic means, and that publication of the article by AGI will not violate any copyright or other intellectual property right of any third party.

Assignment and Ownership of Intellectual Property. Writer hereby understands and agrees that all Articles submitted to, and published by, AGI under this Agreement shall be considered works for hire, and further, to the extend any intellectual property right does not pass pursuant to a work for hire, Writer hereby assigns to AGI all rights to publish the Article, and all previously submitted articles of Writer, in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which it can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, including without limitation the rights to archive, republish, edit, repackage or revise any Article in any manner as AGI sees fit. The rights conferred upon AGI by this agreement shall be exclusive to AGI indefinitely after the first date AGI initially publishes the Article

This Agreement is entered into on this _____ day of __________, 20___.

Writer:

Name_________________________________________________________________

Signature______________________________________________________________

AGI:

Name/Title_____________________________________________________________

Signature______________________________________________________________

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General rules: Use of English

Use Oxford commas: We sell tea, milk, and sugar not We sell tea, milk and sugar
Do not abbreviate would, have, etc. in such sentences as unless in a direct quotation.
Avoid, wherever possible, long strings of nouns and adjectives
Avoid false-generic terms, e.g.mankind and opt for generic terms instead
Avoid racial, social and gender stereotypes – try to keep your language inclusive and avoid pejorative words or expressions
Capitalisation
Do not capitalise lead text or headings that break up article text
X…The Undisputed Highlight of the International Cricket Calendar
O…The undisputed highlight of the international cricket calendar
Unless said lead or heading contains proper nouns which are capitalised as a matter of course, e.g. London, Oscar, Academy Awards
When capitalising, in general and aside from the editorial rules mentioned above, adhere to the following rules:
For titles and headings: capitalisation of all words, except for internal articles, prepositions, conjunctions and forms of to be
In text: capitalisation of all place names
In text: capitalisation of historical periods e.g. Tudor period
Capitalisation of regions: continents all capitalised, as are South Asia, West Africa, South-east Asia.
Hyphenation
Wherever possible, do not use hyphenation
Wherever inevitable, adhere to the following rules:
No more than two successive lines should end in a hyphen
The last word in a paragraph or column or on a page should never be divided
Do no hyphenate abbreviations, numbers or contractions
Avoid misleading breaks, such as reap-pear or read-just
Be aware of words that change hyphenation with part of speech e.g. proj’ect (verb) and proj’ect (noun)
Break hyphenated compounds only at the hyphen
Break one-word compounds between the elements
Break all other words between syllables (refer to e.g. OED for syllabication)
Do not hyphenate in a way that will create single-letter word divisions, e.g. a-gain, e-nough.
Never use a hyphen instead of to unless with figures (1-2 days) or dates (15th-18th November)
Italicisation
Do not use italics in titles and subtitles.
For italics in transliterated words, follow the standard rules for transliteration of the particular language
In principle, apart from the specific rules, foreign words, including Latin terms, should be set in italics unless they are so familiar that they have become anglicised and so should be in roman or they appear so frequently in the text that to italicise them would become ridiculous
In principle, do not italicise for emphasis
Numbers
Spell out numerals one to ten; for anything else, use numerals (11, 12, 13…)
Remember not to put the indefinite article before numbers to the power of ten; you will essentially be saying “a one hundred years”. Either use “a” and the number – a hundred – or spell out one – one hundred; do not combine the two
Always use numerals (not words) with units of measurement, even those less than ten
×   four metres
〇 4 metres; four cows
Punctuation
Do not use quotation marks unnecessarily, e.g. Mr Spitzer described the British drug giant as “arrogant”
Do not put apostrophes into decades, i.e. the 1990s
Use two commas, or none at all, when inserting a clause in the middle of a sentence. Use commas when the information is clearly parenthetical and when the information is non-defining. Thus: Mr. Cameron, the Prime Minister, was unavailable for comment (here, the information between the commas is incidental – parenthetical – to the main thought. It could be removed and the sentence would still make sense), J.K Rowling’s first novel, Harry Potter, was extremely successful (here, the information between the commas is non-defining because Rowling can have only one first novel)
Use semi-colons to mark a pause longer than a comma and shorter than a full stop, but don’t overdo them
Use dashes in pairs for parenthesis, but not more than one pair per entry
Do not use commas to separate month and year, or day and year, when writing out dates
× 10th-11th November, 2009
〇 10th-11th November 2009, also 10-11 November 2009
Do not superscribe  the th, st, nd, rd etc. for ordinal numbers
Always use a colon to separate hours and minutes:
× 17.30
〇 17:30
Specific rules (alphabetical):
 abv
Not ABV
Feminine suffixes
Avoid. Angelina Jolie is a famous actor, not actress
literally
In principle, do not use. Only acceptable when serving to show that an expressional usually used figuratively is to be taken at its word
 Non-sexist terms
Terms that exclude, or imply the exclusion of, one or other of the sexes should be avoided wherever possible and replaced with a gender-free alternative, e.g. Air stewardess à flight attendant; Businessman à business executive, company professional. Note that midwife remains acceptable and includes both sexes.
 North-east (North-west, South-east, South-west) Africa
Only capitalise the first word, i.e. North-east not North-East. Always hyphenate. The above applies when you are referring to a region. If you are using the term adjectivally (the bay lies northeast of the city), then do not capitalise, do not hyphenate
 online
One word, no hyphen
 Oriental, the Orient
Avoid
 UK
Not U.K., unless specified as such by company
USA
Not U.S.A., unless specified as such by company
whether
As for whether or not the ‘or not’ in this construction is necessary, the answer is that it is not. Either do not use, or move away from whether
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