Article Guidelines

Experts Exchange Articles are designed to provide unique, useful information for members. Articles are also a great way for you to share your knowledge. You can write articles on best practices, FAQs, tips and tricks, tutorials, product reviews, or any technical topic you are familiar with.

Guidelines and Tips for Writing Articles

Have you written a macro for solving a common problem in Excel? Do you have a technique that never fails to remove a particularly nasty trojan from your PC? Are you posting similar content time and again?

We want to know, and we have a way for you to post it: Experts Exchange Articles.

Articles are another way Experts Exchange users can share information with the tech community, providing Articles on best practices, FAQs, tips and tricks, tutorials, reviews and resources. You can also use your articles to answer common questions you receive.

Writing Articles expands your influence and adds to your Expert Points total. The rewards and recognition system works the same as it does for answering questions. The more quality Articles you write, the more recognition and rewards you receive.

Article Publication Process

  1. Submitted

    When an article is submitted, it will be reviewed by a Page Editor to make sure it meets our minimum article guidelines. This process will take up to 3 business days. During this time, your article will be available on your profile but will not be promoted to members in the Experts Exchange network.

  2. Accepted Published

    An article reaches the "Published" status and is awarded 3,000 points if it meets the minimum article guidelines outlined above. It will be indexed and promoted to the Experts Exchange network.You will receive 100 points per endorsement of your article, and 1 point per page view.

  3. Approved Community Pick OR Editor's Choice

    An article reaches "Approved" status by reaching "Community Pick" status (awarded an additional 3,000 points once it receives 15 endorsements from members of the Experts Exchange Community) OR "Editor's Choice" status (Experts Exchange Editors identify the article as an exceptional submission and would like to recognize it as such).

  4. Awarded Community Pick AND Editor's Choice

    An article reaches the "Awarded" status and is given an additional 3,000 points if it has been chosen as a "Community Pick" with 15 endorsements AND the Experts Exchange Editors identify the article as an exceptional submission and award it "Editor's Choice".

NOTE: Your article can be a Community Pick, Editor's Choice, or both.

Article Points

  1. Publication Status Points
    • 3,000 points when Published (Accepted)
    • 3,000 points when awarded Community Pick OR Editor's Choice (Approved)
    • 3,000 points when awarded Community Pick AND Editor's Choice (Awarded)
    • 9,000 points possible
  2. Views 1 point per view
  3. Endorsements 100 points per member endorsement
  4. Used in Solution 500 points if the article is used in a solution

Minimum Article Requirements

In order to be published on Experts Exchange, an Article should meet the following requirements:

  1. Structured & Clear

    Your article should have a clear structure and simple declarative sentences so the reader can easily understand what you are trying to convey. In general, each article should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

  2. Correct Grammar & Readability

    Articles should be clear, readable, and have minimal grammatical issues. We understand not everyone is a native English speaker or professional writer, but you should aim to make your article read as professional as possible.

  3. Original & Unique

    All articles should be your own original work. You can quote (or include) short sections of other writers' works so long as you include the correct citations, references and attributions.

  4. Informative & Engaging

    Always check that your article provides valuable information, or instructions and is written to be engaging and helpful to your audience. Support your text with screenshots or other illustrations when appropriate, and use straight-forward language to keep reader's attention.

  5. Comply with Terms of Use

    As with all content posted on Experts Exchange, your article must comply with the Experts Exchange Terms of Use.

Additional Articles Suggestions

The below are general guidelines to consider when you write an Article. Taking this advice when writing an article is what will give you better chances of receiving additional recognition and accolades. Take a few minutes to review these before moving on:

Quality counts, not quantity

Remember that publishing statuses, views, endorsements and being used in solution can increase the point value of your Article on a regular basis.

So, the better your Article quality, and the more you share it and encourage the community to endorse it, the more points it will be worth.

Have you checked to make sure that your Article is unique?

If someone has already written an Article about a topic similar to the one you want to write about, make sure your Article contains unique material that clearly differentiates it from the one already written. Any plagiarism from other articles may result in your article being reverted back to Draft stage or even deleted. Similarity with other articles can also reduce your chances of receiving the Editor's Choice award.

Is your Article a review or commentary about an external reference?

For example:

  • Your content could provide thoughtful comments that compare two or more external references.
  • Your content could provide a critical analysis that thoughtfully points out the pros and cons of the external reference.
  • Your content could add value to that external reference by thoughtfully making it more understandable or useful.

If your content does use external reference(s) as building blocks for your own original presentation, make sure they are properly referenced with citations and links accordingly. Otherwise it will not be published.

Are you extending your or someone else's Article?

If you are, you should add a comment to the existing Article as well as reference it in the Article you are submitting. This will help give credit where credit is due, as well as help those who are reading your Article better understand its full scope.

Have you explained everything so someone else will understand it?

The more clear and detailed your Article, the simpler it will be to understand and the more useful it will be for others.

By ensuring that your Article is clearly explained in a manner that most people will understand, you increase the chance of it being passed along to other members and increasing the status to approved or awarded.

One way to begin doing this is to start with a sentence or paragraph that introduces the Article by explaining why it is important for the reader and what it is about.

Did you test all your code?

Before posting code, you should always double check to make sure it is correct. Remember, other members are going to be using your code and expect it to function when you post it.

If your code is not your own, then make sure you provide the links and citations and check for any copyright notices. Otherwise it might not be published.

Did you provide a clear article summary?

The article summary section within the article wizard exists to give you the opportunity to quickly sum up what a reader can expect to gain from your article in 300 characters or less. It should explain the subject matter and how this will help your readers.

Have you included the necessary files for your Article?

Attaching and embedding files when appropriate will add to the readability of your Article, making it easier to comprehend. Remember, there is a 5MB limit, so images should be reduced in size accordingly and any unnecessary data and files should be removed from a zipped file before posting.

Your article title is important

The title of your article should get the reader's attention and cause him or her to want to read more. It should clearly state what the topic of your article is, while also remaining short and to the point.

Inclusion of Source Code

Obviously, the most important issue when including code is that the code is complete, compiled, and runs as advertised.

If you are providing a sample executable program, ensure that you have included all of the files necessary to run the program. If you are providing a sample project, only include those files or directories that are essential to the operation of the project. Do not include files that are automatically recreated.

We do not dictate coding style, but you should use generally accepted coding practices so that other programmers can understand your code.

Please respect others' code when using it as the base. Always ensure that you give credit to other authors, and that all copyright notices remain intact.

This applies to any type of code, including HTML and style sheets. You retain the copyright of your Article and your code, but as the Experts Exchange Terms of Use details, by posting an Article on Experts Exchange, you agree to the following:

  • That Experts Exchange is granted an irrevocable license to use the Article and code as it sees fit;
  • That you have specific permission to use any code that is not yours;
  • That by posting the Article and code to a public website, others may use it as they see fit.
Using the System

To compose an Article, use our Article Wizard. If you do decide to use another method to draft your article, DO NOT try to copy and paste into the Article Wizard, especially if you are including images (which is highly recommended) or are using a word processor. It will not work and you will be left with a variety of formatting issues related to duplicate source code. If you must use an off-site editor, use one that is a plain text editor and then use EE's wizard to do your formatting, code insertion and image embedding.

Always check your finished product, as the edit view of your article may not reflect what the article will look like in a submitted state.

Attaching Files

Please see our acceptable file formats page.