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How can I contribute an article?
If you want to submit an article to us for publication, enter it into our article submission form. If you have any questions about the site or any aspects of writing an article and the publishing process, e-mail our friendly site editor at cmills [at] opera [dot] com. He doesn't bite.
Do you pay for articles?
YES! We pay a rate of US$350 for a 2000 word article, so ideally you should try to stick to around that word count. Multiple part articles will be considered.
Please note that this doesn't include translations of existing articles: these are currently done by several very generous people on a volunteer basis, and for that we are eternally grateful.
What kind of topics do we publish?
As well as currently web standards, we are also very interested in publishing future-facing articles about using nascent standards such as HTML 5, CSS 3, etc.
What aren't we looking for?
Ideally we are looking for practical articles, covering techniques and tips that can be immediately useful to a developer, or provoke inspired thought. We aren't looking to publish pure rants, opinion pieces, or marketing pieces. Material on hard-core server-side techniques is also out of scope (eg Java programming, database optimization). In addition, we don't advocate proprietary technologies at Opera, so we won't publish articles purely focused on Flash, or covering other plugins such as Silverlight and JavaFX.
What level articles do we publish?
Most of the articles on Dev.Opera are intermediate or advanced, aimed at providing web designers and developers with interesting techniques to expand their toolbox. We do however have a comprehensive beginner's course, the Opera Web Standards Curriculum. If you have an idea for a beginner's article that isn't already covered and you feel would be a good addition, run the idea past the site editor.
What format should I submit my article in?
The actual text of the article itself should be submitted in semantic HTML. Please validate your HTML before submitting it to us; really bad markup specimens may not be accepted. In terms of images, any web-suitable image format is fine, although we prefer PNGs.
When will you publish my article?
All articles must be reviewed by the Dev.Opera editor to ensure a high level of quality. He will edit it, make comments, and return it to you for a round of rewrites (or more if necessary). Once you and the editor have agreed on the content, it should be published about a week or two after that. We always aim to have articles reviewed as quickly as possible, but we appreciate your patience.
What about licenses and copyright?
There are currently 2 Creative Commons licensing options for publishing your articles. During submission, let our editor know which license suits you best. The choices are:
- Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
- Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
We make every attempt to ensure copyrights are respected. As such, you may only submit articles that you have written and have ownership of.