As many of our regular members know, we are asking Submission data Per post. There are many reasons for imposing this requirement, including in particular:
Increase article quality and reduce spam. By requesting submission data, we discourage the type of “mass posting” commonly seen across other sub-forums that are less academically oriented. Due to the time required to submit a submission statement, posters usually only try to share the best articles or content they can find rather than, say, any article they just came across.
Focused discussion. Submission data helps focus discussion in the comments section by highlighting issues presented in the presentation itself.
I have noticed a number of low-quality, if not correct, insufficient rendering data recently. I’ve also noticed an increase in the number of shared links / articles without Submission data, which generally violates our rules.
It comes to my mind that we may not have sufficiently clarified what we expect from the presentation statement, so let me take this opportunity to do so. Here are some best practices and recommendations:
A submission statement should always be identifiable as such, which means that you should always label your submission statement as “Submission Statement” or “SS” followed by a colon. For example:
The reason why the submission statement should be named appropriately is to ensure that it can be distinguished from the following other comments, regardless of which comment sorting order any Redditor sees.
Outline / topic sentence and content
The subject of the submission statement should show the source and possibly the author as well. While the source may be apparent from the title or link, this is not always the case. Include this information as part One Among the topic of your posting statement. It often helps to also include a parent about your Who is the The author, if it is an individual of significance in academia or government. For example:
Submission Statement: This Foreign Affairs essay, by Samantha Power (Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Law and Harvard Law School). . .
The Article in this example It is written by Samantha Power who, although a controversial figure, is definitely a figure of importance in academia and government.
Submission Statement: This Reuters article. . .
Furthermore, a good presentation statement begins with identifying the main point of the article or source you are sharing. So, ask yourself if there is a major tip the author wants you to glean from everything you share, what would it be? The answer to this question is the outline / topic sentence. This should be the first sentence in your delivery statement. Although the headline is often a useful guide, it is not always a helpful guide and you should read the article to find out what the main point of it is. For example:
Presentation statement: This foreign affairs article, by Samantha Bauer (a professor at Harvard Kennedy and Harvard Law School) assesses America’s strategic position in the context of COVID-19, the growing influence of China, the rise of authoritarian governments, and the influence of the world. corruption.
It may take a couple of sentences to clear everything in a presentation, especially if you are linking to something from an academic journal or research center. There is nothing wrong. The point is, you give the reader an idea of what is in the link that you share.
Why should I read what I have provided?
An introduction statement should provide the reader with an understanding of why your presentation is important. This can be done in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, placing the article in its appropriate context and providing useful background on what the reported development means for the overall chain of events to which it relates.
For example, if you are writing a handover statement about the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, it would be helpful to provide some basic information about the whereabouts of Nagorno Karabakh, who are the relevant parties / stakeholders involved in this conflict and what history of that conflict was. Most of the people who do not have specialist knowledge, at least, that particular region will not have heard of Nagorno Karabakh, so you may want to provide some basic information to help them set the context for what’s going on.
As another example, if you are writing a submission statement related to Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Which focused on the overland port of Khorejos and Chinese trade with Kazakhstan, it would be useful to lay the groundwork for what is going on there. To clarify:
Why is Georgetown important?
Located at the Dzungarian Gate, Khorgos is the only land gateway between China and Kazakhstan (and by implication, a major trade route to Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East).
Why is there a land port between China and Kazakhstan?
The railway network in China is calibrated differently from the railways that were laid during the Soviet era in the Soviet bloc countries, so trains originating from anywhere in China cannot operate on these lines. Therefore, intermodal freight from China bound for Central Asia and Europe is being transported from Chinese trains to railroad cars that could run on railways laid by the Soviet Union. For this reason, Khurgus is a critical turning point between the rail networks of the Chinese and Soviet Bloc.
How does this fit into the big picture?
Georges is located in Xinjiang, where human rights violations in China must be understood in the context of Beijing’s pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative. The city of Georges is a central hub for Beijing’s trade and broader geopolitical strategy as it is the only gateway from China to Central Asia and Europe by road.
Not all submission data has to have this level of detail, but the more you can do it the better. When I taught undergraduates, Central Asia was a primary focus area for me so these things fall within my academic background. It might not be available to anyone else, and you don’t have to have an academic background in something to talk about. But any bona fide effort to provide context is appreciated and encouraged. You may also submit additional background materials for this purpose, linked to your Statement of Submission.
Things to avoid
Don’t simply quote or copy and paste the article.
If a major language in the article is necessary in order to understand what is being discussed, it may be fine for the quote but as a general rule, it is best to paraphrase. This is because the citation is unlikely to provide the type of overview / summary of key points we are looking for, or provide appropriate context for what is being discussed. Likewise, copying and pasting the essay goes against the whole purpose of your introduction statement in the first place.
Avoid the temptation of opening.
While your opinions are definitely the appropriate discussion material in the comments section in general, they should be omitted from the introduction statement. The line between truth and opinion can sometimes be gray, especially when conflicts (like Nagorno Karabakh) are ongoing and it is difficult to establish facts on the ground. However, you want to avoid using inflammatory qualities wherever possible.
Again, these items are covered in more detail on our website The guidelinesBut feel free to ask any questions below. We’ll probably update the same for better clarity.
Feel free to ask any questions below!