Interested in Contributing?

Alternautas aims to provide a plat­form for scholars and engaged citizens to publish the­or­etic­ally in­formed com­ment about current critiques and emerging alternatives to mainstream views on development, as well as ana­lysis on related cur­rent events. We believe that it is necessary to engage in critical discussions that challenge and expose the boundaries of current mainstream development thinking, and we see that Latin America has much to offer. We invite contributions along these lines, and will be happy to provide a space for the Alternautas  community to grow.

Our focus is thus the corpus of intellectual production stemming from Latin American traditions of thought, which, as it is mainly produced in Spanish (or Portuguese), remains largely inaccessible to non-Spanish speaking audiences. Highlighting, connecting, circulating, and reviewing texts and ideas which remain hostage to language barriers are thus central features of our blogging activity. Revealing or stressing connections and (mutual) influences with other thought traditions also falls under the scope of Alternautas’ purpose. From the perspective of the contributor, the value added of Alternautas is to serve as a platform for diffusion and testing of new ideas, which can be published later as a full-fledged journal article or book-chapter. We will share the content widely and will encourage comments and discussions, hopefully providing a good space for developing conversation about content posts. We will typically publish 1 or 2 content-posts every month, alongside updated information about relevant events, publications, etc. As can be inferred from our stated purpose, the primary target read­er­ship of Alternautas is the English-speaking audience with a prior interest in the topic, though the content needs to be relevant and interesting to the general public as well.

Alternautas is run by a core team of young scholars (see about us), who also play the role of permanent contributors and editors. In order to keep contributions in line with the blog’s purpose or raison d’être, contributions are requested to pass a peer-reviewing process. Contributions which broadly fit the mandate  of Alternautas and pass the peer-reviewing process will be published.

In addition to targeted calls for contributions, a broad spectrum of participation is encouraged; however, due to resource constraints, we can only process so many applications each month, please bear with us. Alternautas is a not-for-profit initiative based on the voluntary work of a small team; hence we can only manage so much communication with the broader Alternautas community. In order to avoid unnecessary overload, please check if your intended contribution meets the following general criteria before submitting:

  • Alternautas pursues a dialogical, pluralistic approach to the development debate from a critical stance of mainstream understandings of development. Our baseline understanding of what constitutes critique is the confrontation of established ways of thinking, the exploring and challenging of ideological, political and theoretical orthodox boundaries and the exposure of injustice in all its dimensions.
  • Articles should refer to intellectual perspectives (or experiences) whose origin can be traced to Latin American coordinates, or to streams of thought derived, directly influenced by or resonating with Latin-American thought.
  • Alternautas is particularly sensitive to the interface of social, political and ecological dimensions of development alternatives.
  • In general, articles should relate to current or contemporary events in some form, while we will also accept well-founded contributions with a historical perspective. Being an academic blog, articles/contributions submitted to Alternautas should be the­or­et­ic­ally in­formed. 

  In addition, contributions should meet the fol­lowing formal requirements:

  1. Contributions should be sent via email to alternautasblog (at) gmail.com or using the form below. You should also use this email to send us information about your events, if you would like them to be included.
  2. Articles should be between 1,500‑3,500 words, but exceptions can be discussed if necessary.
  3. Being an open blog, we expect that the language used in the articles should be accessible to non-specialist readers insofar as possible. When specialized jargon is deemed unavoidable, explanations and/or appropriate references should be provided. The use of hyperlinks remitting to relevant text-related information is encouraged.
  4. Footnotes should be used sparsely and full references should be given, if possible, within the footnotes themselves. The text language should be English. While we recognize the limitations implied in accepting only contributions in English language, unfortunately, due to current resource constraints we cannot offer translation service to authors.
  5. Articles should be submitted in one of the following formats.doc, .docx, .odt  or .rtf.
  6. Attachments required: Please in­clude your pref­er­ence, if any, for one or more ac­com­pa­nying im­ages by em­bed­ding it/hem within the document; as well as a short biography (2-3 lines).

All our content is published under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License. This means, inter alia, that sub­mis­sions to this site may be freely re­pub­lished by others with due at­tri­bu­tion, as long as it is not used for commercial use and is licensed in similar terms. More de­tails are avail­able here.

We will do our best to review all our contributions and aim to send responses shortly after receiving them. However, if you have not heard from us within 14 days, please as­sume that we have de­cided not to pursue pub­lic­a­tion. Unfortunately, due to time con­straints, we cannot commit to of­fering feed­back. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to receive your contributions!