Guest Contributor Guidelines and Submission Portal


Submission Guidelines

***All submissions are reviewed based on openings in our publication schedule.***
Authors submitting works for publication should adhere to the following submission guidelines:

At Applied Worldwide, we offer two different publication opportunities for our guest contributors: 1) SEO Articles and 2) Blog Posts.

SEO Articles: 


SEO stands for search engine optimization, and SEO writing is about writing in a way that is optimized for search engines. When you Google something, the top results you receive have a high search engine ranking, meaning the articles, images, or videos have been optimized for search engines. That ranking depends on different factors ranging from web design to keyword competition. Fortunately for our writers, we handle the behind-the-scenes of SEO, but here are a couple of tips! 

  • Good SEO writing has a similar process to a literature review. It should include some background research to find what internet content is missing or inadequate, and strategize a way to fill the void.

  • Good SEO writing ages also well It takes time for articles to gain in search rankings and once they receive a high ranking, they tend to remain highly visible for a long period of time.

  • Lastly, a strong SEO article submission will be easily searchable online through keywords associated with the topic, title, and content of the article.

We ask that all SEO article submissions be 800-1200 words in length with a clear and searchable topic of interest that fits into one of our subpage categories listed below (you will be asked to identify up to three potential categories for your SEO article before submitting it for consideration):


    • Subfields in Sociology​ - articles outlining the various subfields within sociology and how they may be applied

    • Topical Analyses in Sociology - articles using sociology to unpack and analyze topics of interest in society 

    • Applying Sociology to Holidays - articles applying sociology to holidays celebrated around the globe

    • Sociology in Industry - articles applying sociology to various industries (e.g., tech, education, health, etc.)

    • Graduate School - articles exploring and highlighting graduate school experiences in sociology


    • Occupational Experiences - ​experiential articles exploring various occupations through a sociological lens

    • Cultural Experiences - experiential articles exploring various cultures through a sociological lens

    • Hobby Experiences - experiential articles exploring various hobbies (e.g., art, travel, sports, cooking, hiking, etc.) through a sociological lens

    • National Parks and Forests - experiential articles related to exploring the natural world through a sociological lens


    • Using Social Media - ​articles outlining the use of social media in the sociology classroom

    • Sociology Pedagogy - articles discussing teaching philosophies for the sociology classroom

    • Professional Development - articles related to various professional development opportunities for sociologists and students

    • Sociology Assignments - articles outlining creative assignments for the sociology classroom

    • Classroom Experiences - articles detailing teaching experiences from the sociology classroom

Blog Writing: 


Blog writing is a little different. For instance, these pieces of writing may be a bit shorter in length. They may include some of the current events or pop culture references that we may leave out of SEO writing. For us the blogs we publish are often implicitly sociological, like social commentary. Blogs are less designed to be found on google and more designed to be found on social media. But here are just a couple tips about blog writing. 

  • Blog writing needs to be clear and concise! So these need to be quick hitters that will be of current interest.

  • Blogs with an element of storytelling are personable, intriguing, tend to do well on social media.

  • Current events and topics that may not age as well for SEO are great candidates for blog posts

We ask that all blog post submissions be a minimum of 500 words in length. We also ask that authors have a clear rational for why they are submitting their blog for publication at Applied Worldwide as well as an intended audience for their blog in mind.


References and Citations

Citing ideas we borrow from published works is not only important for avoiding plagiarism, but also for transparency between authors and our readers. Therefore, we require proper referencing and citations in all submissions before they may be considered for publication on the website.

Referencing Guidelines:

Rather than requiring citations in an academic style format (e.g., ASA, APA, Chicago etc.), we ask that authors reference books, articles, research papers, movies, webpages, and other sources in the text itself. In doing so, authors can ensure they are properly crediting other authors and thinkers while maintaining the readability and flow of their writing. Below are specific requirements to help authors with proper referencing and citations in their submissions:

  • If a direct quote is used in an article or blog post, the quoted section must be enclosed in quotation marks.

    • E.g., ​French sociologists Pierre Bourdieu wrote "the function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden."

  • If an author is referencing an online source, they are encouraged to hyperlink that source in the text or provide a URL to be used as a hyperlink during the copyediting process.

    • E.g., The Web Composer providers useful guidelines for citing sources in blog writing.​

  • Rather than using an academic citation style in text, authors should imbed the reference into their writing.

    • E.g., Use "A study conducted by Stephanie Wilson in 2021..." rather than "A study conducted by Wilson (2021)..."

When citations are included within the text and based on requirements above, there is no need for a reference list at the end of articles and blogs. Please be sure all sources referenced are properly cited based on the guidelines above before submitting a blog post or SEO article.

Spread the Word!

At Applied Worldwide we are constantly looking to build our network to include not only professional sociologists, but practitioners, community and industry leaders, as well as socially concerned citizens. Your contribution in spreading the word is valuable in increasing our network. Please spread the word in the following ways:
  • Follow us on Twitter and be a part of #MakingSociologyCount. 

  • Easily share our projects using the tweet button at the top of each project page, and don't forget to tag us @applysociology!

  • Tag us in relevant Tweets. Twitter is a great platform for meaningful discussions, and we are always up for a great sociological discussion!

  • Follow us on Instagram @applied_worldwide for original visual sociology content.

  • Help us build our network by sharing the content that resonates with you and showing us how you are #MakingSociologyCount!

  • Subscribe to the Applied Worldwide YouTube channel to stay up to date with any new video content that we produce. 

  • Share our video content on other social media platforms and be sure to tag us!

  • Connect with us on Facebook by following our business page and engaging in discussions with us around our content. You do not have to be a professionally trained sociologists to contribute meaningful insight to our discussions and content!

  • Easily share our projects on Facebook using the share buttons at the top of each project page.


Do you have an organization, campaign, or project you want to advertise? We want to use this digital space to help other like-minded people doing meaningful work in their communities reach a wider audience. 

To learn more about opportunities to advertise with Applied Worldwide email us here or visit our Advertising and Sponsorship page.