Article Guidelines

Please find below some guidelines for preparing articles to be published on the Beyond Borders portal.

General information

Beyond Borders – Neighbours Together is a long-term, strategic partnership project of the regional SALTO Resource Centres and National Agencies for the European youth programmes, which aims to enhance youth cooperation between Programme and  neighbouring partner countries.


The project is enhanced by the online platform www.beyondb.eu, where stories of youth projects, mainly from Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps, are published. The aim is to promote the cooperation between Programme and neighbouring partner countries and show their quality, relevance and attractiveness.

Recommendations

  • Articles should be dynamic, attractive stories of what had happened, about experiences during a project, instead of report style texts with aims, objectives, target groups, etc.

  • Do not focus too much on facts like dates or localisations, keep our readers in mind. They are interested to read about events, actions, emotions rather than (to them) abstract project facts.

  • Please try to have some suspense, a little surprise or mystery in the story, preferably announced in the beginning of the text, so it makes the reader interested to read further.

  • The articles should have a personal touch that can be achieved by adding a few quotes from participants (and/or coordinators), or even a short interview. What was special, surprising, motivating in the project? Was there any change the project brought by a participant and/or an organisation? etc. 

  • Consider highlighting what made the project exciting, relevant, special or successful. Maybe a special approach, contact with the local community, or the group of participants? What outcomes did the project create?

  • Articles should be written in understandable, international English. The use of AI, chatGPT, etc. is sometimes very obvious and the text becomes too sophisticated and unclear. Speak your words and if needed, ask AI to check your spelling, nothing more.

  • Articles can include links to the project website, to the coordinating organisation, or to any follow up materials that are relevant to the project. They can also include contact data, if that would be in the interest of the organisation. 

  • Please note that we keep the right to edit your article, modify title and mid-titles, etc. You will be able to check the final version before publication.

Licence

Each article should be accompanied by several quality photos (with good light and composition). If there are other multimedia attached (like a video already published on youtube or vimeo, or audio recordings), it will make the article even more attractive. When sending the email with the article and/or the multimedia materials, we need to get the licence to use them legally, therefore please add this disclaimer:

I grant a licence to all Beyond Borders partners to use the attached text and multimedia items on the Beyond Borders portal. All of these items are in my legal possession and/or are in the public domain. All the persons presented in any of these multimedia have agreed to publish their image in my article or the items connected to it on the Beyond Borders portal.

Article examples

  • The Transylvanian metamorphosis. A journey of a hero – a short, personal story of a European Solidarity Corps volunteer. Besides good photos, the mid-titles were added according to the Hero Journey concept, making the article a bit more educational/inspirational in this regard.

  • Creativity is out there, in nature – a medium-size article from a creative KA2 project of Erasmus+ Youth. Beside good photos and three videos, there are links to learn more as well as an interview with one of the coordinators to make the story more personal.

  • Can we talk about war in times of war – a very long educational article, including contents and reflections from a seminar for youth workers, a number of photos, several short videos and audio interviews with participants and a link to the online course (developed on the basis of the event). This article was developed as an educational report from the seminar.

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