Welcome to Versus!

Versus is an online popular science publication. Our content focuses on popular articles drawing on regional studies, geography and environmental social science. We mainly publish articles in Finnish and English but we also welcome contributions in other languages!

Versus publishes science-based common sense articles in three different sections (check detailed instructions for each section below). You can offer a contribution to us by contacting our editors by mail: toimitus(a)versuslehti.fi or toimitusavustajat(a)versuslehti.fi. You can send as either a text draft or an idea for your text. In the latter case we ask you to fulfill this idea sheet which helps you in planning the viewpoint and the structure of your text.

Each of the Versus articles goes through an editing process before publishing. During the process Versus editors edit the style, grammar, structure and layout of the article together with the author. However, Versus editors keep the right to make slight changes in the text such as re-formulating the title to fit our standards.

As a popular science publication we aim for texts that are also accessible and understandable for a larger public. Therefore we ask you to avoid academic jargon and complex theoretical concepts. The ideal length of our texts is 5 000-10 000 characters depending on the text type. We kindly remind our authors that in general compact and sharp texts work better long and loose. Short sentences and paragraphs as well as sub-titles should be used for concise structuring of the text.

In Versus we do not use academic referencing. If you wish to highlight some scientific findings, please do it so that also a non-academic reader can follow your ideas. You can also use embedded links for further information. We also welcome a moderate reference or reading list at the end of the text.

Below you can find section specific writing instructions. If you are unsure in which section our text fits the best, do not hesitate to contact the editors. We are happy to help!

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Instructions for Versus authors

Research debate builds on research-based texts, accompanied by 1–4 short commentaries by representatives of potential audiences. The original research article is published as part of the debate in an open access format. The ideal length of the main text is 10 000 characters and 5 000 for the commentaries.

Critical space publishes scientific and research-related viewpoints and commentaries that can be presented in the form of text and images, podcast, or video. Various kinds of publications are accepted in this section, therefore the final form and content is agreed upon with the Versus editors. The ideal length for critical space texts is 6 000 characters.

Thesis corner introduces thought-provoking synopses from Master’s theses, be it the major results, a particular viewpoint, or a practical or theoretical claim. We encourage you to develop your text in a way that raises interest among a larger public. Commentaries may be invited for theses-based texts as well. The ideal length for thesis corner texts is 10 000 characters. For contributions in this section, we encourage you to first present your initial text ideas to our student editors: toimitusavustajat(a)versuslehti.fi.