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Guidelines for Guest Commentaries

We will consider guest commentaries that are vendor neutral, and focus on bringing a fresh and original viewpoint to IT in state and local government., Government Technology’s online platform, offers public officials, analysts and experts from various backgrounds a popular medium to share commentaries and analysis on issues and topics related to furthering the effective use of technology in state and local government. We welcome outside submissions, but ask that you first review our general criteria:

  • All outside submissions must pass editorial review and publication is not guaranteed.
  • Submissions must be a new, previously unpublished work. Articles should be no longer than 1000 words and should be written in a conversational, journalistic style, rather than a style appropriate for an academic journal (footnotes are not used, but hyperlinks may be included as appropriate). Contributions may be subjected to editing.
  • Contributors should write on topics of their interest and area of expertise, but articles that promote an author’s or company’s services or products will not be accepted. This includes articles with links to promotional content on a company's website (exceptions will be made for an author's bio).
  • Publication does not constitute endorsement by Government Technology of the author, the author’s point of view or that of the organization and may not be represented as such.
  • [Please note: Government Technology’s print magazine is staff written and does not accept outside submissions for print publication.]

Those considering submitting a commentary to are encouraged to first email Managing Editor Lauren Kinkade [ ] with a brief description of the proposed article. For an idea of the topics and themes we are covering, check out our topics page here. Finished articles should be sent as a Word document and should include a brief writer bio.

Lauren Kinkade
Managing Editor