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MIND Styleguide

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MIND Briefing & Styleguide English version

MIND is one of the Co:llaboratory’s Discussion Papers, with which the Co:Lab seeks to stimulate the public debate. This means, all contributions should be easily accessible for a broad audience, while maintaining high professional precision and profiting from an interdisciplinary approach. In order to achieve these goals, MIND authors should keep in mind two general guidelines:

1.Do not write for academics, but for an audience with a different topical background. Explain all your abbreviations, terms, and acronyms. Make your sentences short and concise. Structure your texts with paragraphs and sub-headings.

2.Be provocative! Your text is meant to have rough edges. Stand by your opinion in order to create a controversial debate. Formulate your point in theses and clear statements.

MIND stand for Multi Stakeholder INternet Dialogue. Accordingly, the publication is meant to be a real dialogue. This means, there will be an introductory essay (proposition) and several shorter answers (replies). These replies are based on the proposition. They criticise it (constructively), improve it, disagree and may even attack it. Most importantly, the answers directly refer to the introductory essay and do not (have to) stand alone. In order to enable this dialogue, your text needs these which are straightforward, an intuitive structure, an introduction and conclusion, as well as an abstract.

Additionally, please take into consideration the following layout and formatting requirements:

  • Please use the APA referencing style with a list of references. Do not use footnotes.
  • Replies: Please do not exceed 10.000 characters (including spaces)
  • Proposition
    • Please do not exceed 40.000 characters (including spaces).
    • Introduction
    • Main thesis
    • 5-10 theses/arguments to describe your main thesis.
    • Conclusions

We are very much looking forward to working on this publication with you and once again, wish to thank you for your participation.

Best regards, the editor, Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter


Sebastian Haselbeck
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