2 Minute Approval Tips: Limit Cited Material

Episode 4 of the “2 Minute Approval Tips” video series.

This series is designed to help get your articles approved on the first submission. We’ve looked at past submission records to find the most common reasons why articles aren’t approved on the initial try. Since we know your time is precious, we’ve compressed this information into individual 2-minute videos.

This episode is about providing fresh original content in every article. Articles should be built on your expertise in the form of tips, techniques, analysis and commentary. In nearly all cases, referencing outside sources isn’t necessary to nail down a point. You should be able to use your own expertise to make your point. Instances where you use quoted text should be few and far between. If you must include some quoted material, here are some tips on how to do it the right way.

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If you don’t have two minutes to spare, here’s a quick recap of the fourth “2 Minute Approval Tip”:

  • Be Original – Make your articles original with your own tips, strategies, techniques, case-studies, analysis, opinions and commentary.
  • Only Reference If Absolutely Necessary – Just because you CAN include sourced material doesn’t mean you SHOULD include it. Your readers are looking to you as the expert, so measure up to their expectations with original and informative content and avoid referencing outside sources.
  • Cite Right – EzineArticles accepts most reference citation methods. In the rare cases when you need to reference something, make sure you provide enough information to lead the reader to the original source.
  • Go Above and Beyond For Your Audience – Don’t include content from an outside source in order to pass the 400-word requirement. Sourced material does NOT count toward your word count in the eyes of the EzineArticles Editorial Staff.
  • Provide Quality Analysis or Commentary – Articles that have more than 5 sections of quoted text will not be approved. If there are 5 or less sections from another source, the rest of the article must be 100% original and provide quality analysis or commentary.

Watch for more “2 Minute Approval Tips” in the coming weeks. And before you submit your next set of quality, original articles, leave us a comment to share one of your own approval tips for keeping your material original.


Eamon Greville writes:

Thanks Marc

You stress excellently the keys of successful article writing – interesting, relevant, original content!

Keep the tips coming – always appreciated!

Comment provided August 8, 2010 at 12:38 PM


Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry writes:

An excellent guidance for writers.

Comment provided August 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM


Paul Schlegel writes:

I really need to get more articles into EzineArticles. This tip is not only are helpful in learning how to do submissions properly, but a good reminder of why EzineArticles is a good place to demonstrate expertise in a field.

Comment provided August 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM


John writes:

Interesting tip, I didn’t realize I could even reference other peoples information to help get my point across. Thanks

Comment provided August 8, 2010 at 2:45 PM



you are right, the origin content in the article is the key points that you article been approved, however, maybe, it is easy to write one or two, three article by yourself, if you write everyday, it is difficuly, there are not so many material for your reference. especially regarding to the same subject.

Comment provided August 9, 2010 at 12:50 AM


Nazeer Ahmad Chaudhry writes:

Thanks Marc for very good tips for writers. Many of writers like me might have large number of original ideas but editors are required to cut down undesired material and give citation of the source. Original ideas may bee demanded if an article is approved. I would request a comment on my logic; I have lot of research work and original ideas to be contributed to offer a solution to any problem but ideas and articles have been stolen. Should I waste my time on style, grammar and lay out on which there are many experts doing only this job. I hope that your excellent guide line would be very helpful for writers. It is really a good job.

Comment provided August 9, 2010 at 3:35 AM


Gabe Johnson writes:

Thanks for your quick tips. Considering I am still struggling with my own articles I will try and apply these tips to improve. Keep up with the excellent information and I am sure to get better. Thanks again!

Comment provided August 9, 2010 at 6:19 PM



The information is very useful in publishing the articles.

Comment provided August 9, 2010 at 11:06 PM



An excellent guideline for writers .My thanks and highest appreciation for Marc and all the team.

Comment provided August 23, 2010 at 10:03 AM



The writing tips one of the best by Marc and the team that might be vital even for a King of writing in any field.
Mule was kicking around in a Jungle after getting the new title ‘ Queen’ (of loads) losing the right of having any daughters when Lion the King of Juggle saw this new animal.
“Who is the King and by the way who is your father?” Lion asked. Poet of the East Allama Iqbal has quoted the answer by Mule. “Don’t you know my Maternal Uncle (horse) the glory of royal stables?” the mule said.
Lion got surprised that his subjects have some doubts on his authority as a King and immediately got vote of confidence from any animal that came across. The fox, jackal and many other confirmed the authority of King. The Lion saw an elephant coming.
“Hi, Elephant, Who is the king of Jungle?” said the Lion. The Elephant didn’t like the tone like His Majesty. The lion was picked up and struck against the tree trunk by the elephant.
“If you don’t know an answer to a question, it is better to ask one of your experts”, the elephant said.
Let me extend my thanks to archeologists ,linguistics and historian Dani, B.B. Lal , Russian Professors, Steve Farmer an independent scholar, computational linguist Richard Sprout[24] and Ideologist Michael Wetzel , Fair Serves and many others who confirm that mule ( Harappan Scripts ) can’t be forced to adopt daughters ( ancient spoken languages) my 30 years research work on script decryption of Matured Harappan 1900-1300 BC Indus Valley Civilization in South Asia but a class of scholars require some expert to answer their question. They still insist that mule has to adopt any one of the daughters (ancient spoken languages)

Comment provided August 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM


Benjamin Atuma writes:

This piece is insightful.
Excercise your expertise, make it original, few citations if necessary.

Comment provided September 20, 2011 at 12:50 PM


Erica Balk writes:

So in order to be an ‘expert’ you need to do primary research. Otherwise you cannot cite data. If your research constitutes a meta-analysis of existing research then you must cite the original research from which you draw your conclusions. If you didn’t actually conduct the experiment or survey or physical research then IT’S NOT YOURS. If the EPA reports that the national recycling rate is 34% then you’d better say that’s where you got the information. That doesn’t mean that you cannot draw conclusions from that research that are your own. Hopefully you are not providing guidance to university students or you’re going to get them in hot water with the ethics board.

Comment provided January 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM


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