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Planeta.com welcomes articles about conservation, travel and ecotourism around the globe. We publish original work (typically 500-1,000 words) typically written in knowledgeable first person.

We ask that first-time writers tell us how they came upon this site and we ask all to consider editing suggestions. If an article is not right for us, we might be able to recommend other places to publish.

Authors receive a bio including email and web link so that readers can make direct contact. This is part of our vision encouraging decentralized communication. It's all about engagement, which is why we recommend that you give a think to subscribing to the Planeta Update via email or RSS feed. Writers are also invited to join our Planeta Forum.

TIP -- If you have written something that is already online, let us know via our Forum.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICS

Just two technical requests. No attachments, please! Copy and paste articles into the body of a simple email.

If you are copying and pasting from a word processing program, use plain text and convert curly quotes (smart quotes) to straight quotes.

GLOBALIZE YOURSELF

Write for the global reader. If something might be confusing, please explain it. Simplify ideas as if you were talking to a new friend who does not share your cultural background.

If we publish your work, please make sure that your article is up-to-date with a current bio and contact info.

Dead links are the bane of the Web. So if you come across any on our site, please report dead links. Provide specific information -- the address (URL) of the page with the dead link, the name and URL of the dead link itself and (if possible) the new URL.

LINKING

We are happy to feature outside links on our headlines page as well as relevant features. Remember the reciprocity rules!

PLACE

We share credit on place-based guides. The standard format includes an overview of the natural world, geography, cultural attractions and 'how to' information including transportation tips.

TIMING

Be patient! Every serious inquiry receives a reply. If you don't hear from us in a week, please resend your query. We are happy to work with students enrolled in our seminars.

ABOUT PLANETA.COM

Since 1994 Planeta.com has been a virtual vanguard.

TOPICS

Among the topics of interest: Artesania and Crafts - Biodiversity - Birding - Biking - Ecology - Environmental technology - Forest conservation and tourism - Greening events - History of conservation - History of tourism - Markets - Mountains - Recycling - Rural tourism - Sustainable practices - Urban environments

FEATURES BY TRAVELERS

g Las Nubes Ecotourism Center - Dan Ellsworth
g Nine Reasons Why I Like El Paso - Soll Sussman
g Kenai Peninsula - David Brackney
g Birdwatching in Peru - Ben Box

FEATURES BY ACADEMICS

g An Open and Shut Case - Melissa Biggs
g Carrying capacity: it's time to let it go - Simon McArthur

FEATURES BY TOURISM PROS

g Rules for Writing Travel Copy - Michael Kaye
g Chatting with Marlene Ehrenberg: Ecotourism Pioneer - Barbara Kastelein

COLLABORATIVE FEATURES

g Mexico News Dictionary

ADVANTAGES OF ONLINE PUBLICATION

Online publication offers a number of advantages.

1) Articles can be accessed around the globe in a timely fashion. Features on this site are Googled and Newsgoogled
2) Articles include author contact information.
3) Articles can be updated.

AUTHOR RIGHTS

Authors maintain copyright of articles published on this website. For readers interested in reprinting information on this website, we request that you to make direct contact with the author. We ask authors to inform us of changes to their contact info or bio.

WHAT WE DO NOT PUBLISH

Travel features that focus on destination rather than place

Features written in jargon

Articles already on the Web (we would rather create a link!)


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