Contributing to RIPE Labs

RIPE Labs is a place for network operators, developers and industry experts to share and discuss Internet-related news, ideas, analyses and tools for the benefit of the RIPE community. It's the place to showcase new and interesting things. Anyone can:

  • Share operational experience
  • Present research and analyses
  • Showcase new tools
  • Exchange ideas

This page contains the information you need to start creating your own articles on RIPE Labs. If you have any questions, you can always contact the RIPE Labs Editor.

Creating Content on RIPE Labs

Creating an article or managing your RIPE Labs profile is easy. Before you begin, if you don’t already have one, you’ll need to create a RIPE NCC Access account.

Once you're logged in, and you're ready to make a contribution to RIPE Labs, you can get started by clicking the appropriate icon up at the top right of the landing page:

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Create an Article

  • Log in with your RIPE NCC Access account
  • Click the ‘Create an article’ icon
  • Add a title and summary in order to start saving a draft version of your article
  • Add a cover image for your article (alternatively, the RIPE Labs editor will provide an image)
  • Click the ‘Content’ tab and open your first paragraph to start drafting your article
  • When you’re happy with your draft, submit your profile for approval - you'll receive an email to confirm we received it.

Make a RIPE Labs Profile

Before you publish your first article, you'll be asked to publish your RIPE Labs profile.

  • Log in with your RIPE NCC Access account
  • Click the ‘Go to RIPE Labs profile’ icon
  • Go to 'Manage profile (Draft)'
  • Before you can publish a profile, you'll need to agree to the terms and conditions
  • If you wish, you can edit your nickname (this will appear in the url for all your articles)
  • Choose a profile image and add a biography to let readers know more about you (you can also add location information as you wish)
  • Add your email and/or social media details so that RIPE Labs readers can get in touch to discuss your articles or follow you on social media
  • When you’re happy with your draft, submit your profile for approval

Content Guidelines

Anyone can contribute to RIPE Labs. All articles are reviewed prior to publication.

What We Do

As part of our editorial process, when an article is submitted for publication, we always:

  • Make a decision on whether the article is right for RIPE Labs
  • Check whether the content is relevant to the topic covered
  • Carry out a full review to make sure that:
    • Ideas are clearly expressed
    • Terminology used is accurate
    • Links work properly
    • Images, and other media are properly displayed
    • Any typographical errors are rectified prior to publication
  • We do not publish content that we deem to be offensive or inappropriate

What We Expect from Authors

We rely on you as the author to ensure that:

  • The article you submitted for publication is your own original work
  • The information contained in your article is accurate to the best of your knowledge
  • In order to make sure others get credit for their work, and to help our readers get more information, you should provide sources when quoting others or referring to work done by other parties (typically a link to an online source)
  • When using images, videos, or any other media content in their articles, make sure you have permission to use said content for an unlimited duration and without geographical restrictions. (If in doubt, we may ask that you provide evidence that you have been granted permission to use third party content or provide a satisfactory reason why permission is not required.)

Style Guide

RIPE Labs articles are written in the voices of their authors, and we are glad to be home to a variety of different writing styles. That said, here are a few simple conventions we tend to adhere to during the review process:

Article Summary

Summaries for articles should be concise (ideally no more than 300 characters) and should not contain links.

Acronyms and Terminology

We don’t expect our authors to avoid either. That said, for acronyms, we tend to provide the full phrase at first use followed by the bracketed acronym – e.g. Internet of Things (IoT). As for lesser-known terms, a short description of the term (or link thereto) is preferred.

Headings

With few exceptions, title case is used for headings with major words capitalised and all articles, conjunctions, prepositions, and other ‘minor’ words appearing lowercase. No full stops on headings please.

Descriptive Links

We prefer descriptive links - e.g. please see this guide to creating articles on RIPE Labs - as opposed to bare URLs.

UK English

We prefer UK English spellings to US English alternatives (-ise rather than -ize). Of course, this is open for discussion if you as the author have very strong feelings about this.