Contributors: policies and guidelines

Vortex Centrum Ltd, Publishers, accepts submissions from genuine experts in the fields covered by our professional publications. Please read the General Considerations and then the notes relevant to the publication you are interested in writing for.

General Considerations.

Vortex Centrum accepts submissions only from genuine experts in fields that we cover in our publications.

Our readership is made up of senior managers and directors across the whole range of financial services, commerce and the professions plus senior officials in local and national government. It follows, then, that pieces must be of a high level. PR pieces are not accepted although we are happy to consider articles that have been "finished" by PR staff to ensure a high level of English where English is not the author's first language.

We prefer contributions from directors, senior managers or, where applicable, partners to maintain the relationship with our readers.

General considerations:

Remember that you are writing for a global audience. All articles must be submitted in English English (i.e. not American or other varient English). The standard of English should be high, but regard must be had to the fact that, for much of our readership, English is not their first language and, although it may seem a strange thing to say, that includes most of our American readers whose version of English is often very different from that used in the rest of the world.

Remember that you are writing for busy, intelligent people. Pieces should avoid jargon and buzzwords. They should be direct and to the point and avoid superfluous words and phrases that are either padding or do not contribute to the merit of the article. "In the AML space" is an example. So is the overuse of the word "partner." Where words have technical meanings, use them in that context, not in a vague trendy way. Contributors should say what they mean in an unambiguous fashion.

Remember that articles should pass what in journalism is called "the toilet test." Can a reader read the article and absorb it in ten minutes (that, supposedly, being the time a man - the test was developed when few executives were women - will read a magazine in the toilet)? If it doesn't pass that test, there is a second part: will it have had sufficient impact to make him want to take the magazine to his desk to continue reading it? Except for detailed analysis pieces, few pieces will past the second part of that test.

Be open and fair. No piece will be accepted if, in our absolute discretion, it tends towards religious, racial or sexual prejudice. That does not preclude the drawing of legitimate distinctions between such groups where such is relevant. National pride is not a matter of prejudice under any of the above : valid praise or criticism of a nation is acceptable.

Maintain consistency with other writers. Please set your spell-check to so-called "British English."

Don't confuse people with numbers or currency symbols.

Numbers should be set as follows:

One million may be written in words or numbers viz.: 1,000,000 or 1 million.
Partial millions may be written in numerical form as 1.35 million.
1,000,000,000 is either a thousand million or 1,000 million. It is not "one billion." Regardless of vogue, millions of people around the world know that "billion" means "million to the power two" and every time they read "billion" they have to double take, which undermines their comprehension of your piece.

Currencies should be described with reference to their international currency codes:

£1000 is not acceptable: put GBP1,000. The reason is simple: how many countries use the dollar $ as their currency symbol? If your article is read in twenty countries using the same symbol, each reader except those in your own country will have to stop and think about what currency you are referring to and that undermines their understanding of your article.

Try to use correct grammar. It's not easy, even for the English, so we accept that there will, inevitably, be things that aren't quite right. But there are some simple guides: do not put a comma before "and."

Example, "The bank was surprised by the response to its campaign, and hired extra staff to cope with demand" should be "The bank was surprised by the response to its campaign and hired extra staff to cope with demand."

Where there are quotation marks, the full stop goes inside the closing quotation mark.
In the case of brackets, the full stop generally goes outside the closing bracket.

Follow our technical format. Your article will be entered into a web form which does not allow complex formatting. All you need to do is copy / paste from your word processor and the system will pick up the rest. You will need to make sure that you double-space between paragraphs and mark up subheadings with a * at the start of the line. Other than that, you don't have to format anything.

Originality:

your contributions must be all your own work. If you include quotations from third parties, you must provide their consent to their use.

Copyright:

when you publish in our publications, you retain the copyright. All views are your own.

Publications:

World Money Laundering Report.

World Money Laundering Report will consider submissions from genuine experts in fields relating to combating financial crime including regulators, legislators and practitioners in the financial services industry.

BankingInsuranceSecurities.Com and ChiefOfficers.Net will consider submissions from genuine experts in their chosen fields. We prefer director / partner level contributors to maintain the relationship between our readers. We are happy to consider controversial pieces.

Registration: contributions are accepted only from approved contributors. To apply for approval, please register as a visitor to this site and then complete the application for registration [here] (link under maintenance)

Individual publications may vary these conditions