We only accept 100% original articles for which you have exclusive rights.
What exactly does that mean?
Well, it means that you own 100% of each article you submit and that each article is unique from all other articles on EzineArticles.com.*
The article review process is not just for grammar or spelling, continuity and content; it also contains a critical component where we review the exclusive rights to the article. We take multiple steps to ensure that the content you submit is yours. Our editors undergo an intensive training course, learning how to review your articles for exclusive rights and also learning the levels of action each scenario requires.
Although somewhat cumbersome, we know how important it is for you to be confident that you are submitting articles to a site you can be proud of. Your Expert Author status means a lot to you, and it means a lot to us. To maintain the meaning of that status, we take steps to prevent the publication of stolen content or unoriginal content on our site. Authors who rip or steal content are not ones we want to be associated with.
How To Ensure You Have Exclusive Rights:
A majority of your article must be made of your own original ideas. Content that isn’t original includes:
- PLR articles: The most common varieties of non-exclusive content we see are Private Label Rights (PLR) articles. PLR articles are not accepted nor is the promotion of them in your article content. They may seem like an easy way out when an author is in a writing rut; however, PLR articles are volatile: they will cost you time and money and destroy your credibility.
- Material lifted from the public domain: The public domain is not a free-for-all. This is content that has withstood the test of time and while its intellectual property rights have expired or have been forfeited, the works are still attributed to the original creator or author. Don’t try to pass off public domain content as your own – this is still plagiarism! Always properly cite content and provide your own expert material to ensure your article is both original and informative.
- Anything published by a person besides yourself: Plagiarism is an ugly thing. Taking credit for someone else’s work is one of the most detrimental offenses a writer can commit. Never, ever steal another person’s work. To ensure you’re providing your own original, informative content and you aren’t stealing, cite your sources and limit the amount you quote or cite in your article.
- Your own article on EzineArticles rewritten: Commonly referred to as derivative content, this occurs when an author rewrites a particular topic or idea and offers no new, original content. For instance, an author writing about gardening tips has a live article on tools used in gardening and how to optimally use them. The author then submits another article on gardening tips with the same tips and tools, re-ordered and reworded. This is not original, nor is it informative – it is spammy.
Now, it’s okay to quote up to five lines of sourced material to reinforce an argument, but always consider whether your article adds anything to the discussion, or is merely regurgitating the same argument, tips or discussion. If it doesn’t, add some complexity to your argument and make the idea your own.
Some authors copy and paste entire articles from a website and insert the phrase “Article Source – [website]” in the Resource Box. They don’t deny the article is not theirs and they actually submit it under their own name. This, too, is not original content. If you are adding material in the form of a guest author, add the new author to your account and be sure their name is attributed to the byline of the article.
When using sourced material, always give credit to the original information source, whether its a research study, a news article or other web content. Properly cited material is either paraphrased or directly quoted in the article, and the citations are illustrated at the end of the article body providing: the cited author(s) name, title, article/journal/website, publishers, dates, etc. There isn’t one preferred citation method we ask you to use (like MLA, APA, or Chicago Style), but always cite the source clearly.
What other questions do you have about exclusive rights material? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
* EXCEPTION: If you employ a ghostwriter, then you aren’t the one writing the article. This is allowed as long as you’re sure the ghostwriter is only giving the content to you and no one else.