Editorial Code

Our editorial code protects and nourishes the trust between our readers and us (phmagg.com). The below guidelines do not form a part of the journalist’s or contributor’s contract of employment, nor will it constitute a part, for either editorial management or journalists, of disciplinary, promotional, or recruitment procedures. The code aims to protect our contributors’ independence, standing, and reputation while also providing guidelines useful for concise writing regulations.
We request ethical behavior and professional practice from all our contributors; this includes, but is not limited to:
  • absence of plagiarism
  • respect for copyrights and creative commons
  • mentions and references to used resources
  • writing respectfully
Section 1.1
  • Staff and contributors must not reproduce other people’s material without attribution, other than in exceptional circumstances – for example, where the source cannot be identified. The source of published content obtained from another organization should be acknowledged, including quotes from other newspaper articles. Bylines should be carried only on material that is substantially the work of the bylined journalist. If an article contains a significant amount of agency copy, then the agency should be credited.
  • Contributors should not use content from non-authorized third-party sources, whether pictures, text, or other media – without obtaining the necessary permissions. There are limited legal situations where permission may not be needed, but you must check with the picture desk or editorial legal before using it without permission. Journalists should especially familiarise themselves with the guidelines on rights and use of content from public websites.
  • Direct quotations must not have altered context or meaning.
Section 1.2
  • Contributors should not agree to promote through copy, photographs, or other media the financial interests of prospective interviewees or contributors or their sponsors to secure access to them. Promotional information about a subject or author provided in contribution can be included only where the editor’s judgment is of genuine interest or assistance to the reader.
Section 1.3
  • It is our policy to correct significant errors as soon as possible. However, contributors must cooperate frankly and openly with the phmagg.com editorial team and report errors. All complaints should be brought to the attention by emailing editors@ph-magg.com.
Section 1.4
  • Contributors should not engage any paid external non-journalist character services without the editors’ prior knowledge and approval.
  • Contributors should not casually use words that are likely to offend.
  • Contributors should be respectful of different viewpoints.
Section 1.5
  • In keeping in harmony with the Human Rights Act, we believe in respecting people’s privacy. Media may be intrinsically intrusive, but we should avoid invading anyone’s privacy unless there is a clear public interest or an individual’s consent.
Section 1.6
  • Trust in the authenticity and reliability of our sources is essential. Digital communications and a fast-moving news environment present unique challenges for verification; skepticism should be the starting point for web and email sources, and preference should be given to published academic resources.
  • Contributors must not state as fact information about or from someone who we cannot authenticate.
  • Satisfaction with sources is a critical element for our editors who decide whether to publish a story. To authenticate, our team often does a background check and checks for plagiarism.
Section 1.7
  • No contributors or freelance should endorse commercial products unless they have written permission from our editors. Neither should they be involved in producing advertisement features (advertorials).
Section 1.8
  • Stable contributors should be transparent about any outside personal, philosophical, or financial interests that might conflict with their professional performance or could be perceived to represent a conflict with the editorial code expressed in writing at phmagg.com.
  • The contributors to phmagg.com should not use their positions to seek any benefit or advantage in personal business, financial or commercial transactions not afforded to the public generally. Any such behavior can be reported to editors@ph-magg.com.

Guidelines for Authors

All contributions must be written in English and must not exceed 2000 words. If English is not your mother language, please ensure a native speaker reads your paper before submitting it. Your contribution must not be under consideration for publication somewhere else.
Each contribution must come with a cover sheet, which includes the following information:
  • Author’s full name (if you want to publish anonymously, please consult an editor via editors@ph-magg.com)
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Social profile (preferably IG)
  • Contact details, including the address and phone (anonymous writers can consult editors via emailing editors@ph-magg.com)
We will review each contribution, and if selected for publication at phmagg.com, we will contact you before publishing.
Please, follow the instructions outlined below to help us speed up the editing process.
The text should be justified.
Separate each paragraph with a line space. Use the return/enter button to make this line space, NOT paragraph formatting. There should only be one space between a full stop and the next word, not two, commonly found in standard typed text.
Avoid all underlining; for a subheading, use bold or italics instead.
Do not use an apostrophe for years; follow the format without apostrophes: e.g., the 1960s.
Quotations that exceed two lines in length should be indented and separated from the text before and after with a line space.
Original spellings should be used. Where necessary, use [sic].
Use single quotation marks ‘ ‘ throughout and double quotation marks for a quotation within a quote; e.g., ‘He said “not now” and left.’
Please use STRAIGHT quotation marks, not CURLY ones.
Use the Harvard referencing system (NOT chapter endnotes). Please DO NOT use footnotes at all. Insert references at the end of the line where possible, or at least at the end of a clause, so that you prevent interrupting the sentence’s flow.
If a book has only one author: (Pinker 2018, 12-33)
Two or three authors: (Spagat and Pinker 2016, 46)
More than three authors: (Zipursky, Jones, et al. 1997, 10)
Works by the same author published in the same year should be indicated by ‘a,’ ‘b,’ etc. and should follow date without intervening space, e.g., Edwards 1982a.
Do not use ibid., op. cit., or similar expressions.
Group authors in alphabetical order at the end of the article. Please write the name of the periodicals or the series in full, i.e., do NOT use abbreviations.
When referencing page numbers, write them in full, e.g., 223-271. We require page numbers within the reference for articles in journals and separate articles in books.
If using a CD-ROM to obtain a journal reference, cite the journal rather than the CD-ROM: Royal Institute of British Architects, 1998, Architecture and Design Illustrated. London, RIBA [Multi-Media CD-ROM].
If the information is only available as a computer database:
Gray, J.M., and Courtney, G., 1988, Youth cohort study [computer file]. Colchester: Economic and Social Research Council, Data Archive [distributor]. Provide a link if applicable.
Web Documents:
Holland, M., 1996, ‘Harvard System [Internet] Poole, Bournemouth University.’ Available from: provide link.
Send all images separately from the text.
All images must be of high enough resolution to reproduce as a high-quality image. Photos should be scanned at 600 DPI (Line Art: 1000 DPI; Scans from Slides: 1200 DPI) from a decent quality original. The author must provide the editor with copies of images as TIFF or JPEG files so that the publisher can make changes if necessary.
Illustrations, drawings, or charts should be sent as TIFF, JPEG, or Illustrator files.
Copyright: All illustrations, images, and other media (henceforth media) that are not the author’s media must have copyright clearance. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain this clearance. Such media should cite necessary copyright information.
For material where intellectual property rights are vested in a third party, the contributor must obtain the necessary permission for the reproduction, distribution, or other use from the right holder. Phmagg.com are not in a position to allow or deny reproduction, distribution, or use of third party materials. Please, consult our full Terms and Conditions for more information.