Rules for Submitting Articles to LifeinItaly.com  

Duplicate content: Only articles written exclusively for web use at LifeInItaly.com will be purchased. Material that has appeared on another website or that is under consideration by other websites will not be accepted for publication. Authors are, however, free to republish their articles in hardcopy publications, (magazine/books) as long as the publication is disclosed to Lifeinitaly.com.

Original work: We rely on the author’s integrity in submitting original work. Any material derived from other sources should be clearly identified as such within the text. The AUTHOR represents and warrants that he or she is the author of the ARTICLE; that the ARTICLE is an original work; that the ARTICLE does not infringe any copyright or other proprietary right of any third party; that the AUTHOR is the sole owner of the rights herein conveyed to lifeinitaly.com and that such rights are free and clear of any liens or restrictions against distribution, copying or use by lifeinitaly.com. The AUTHOR shall indemnify, defend and hold Lifeinitaly.com harmless from and against all claims or losses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) incurred by Lifeinitaly.com by reason of AUTHOR’S breach of this term of the agreement.

What we look for: We evaluate submissions for their news value, timeliness, credibility, readability, length,time spent on research, but above all – quality. The article should be based on the knowledge, experience and research of the author and fact-checked before submission. It can use examples, sources, photograph, videos, and any other reporting that will make the point in a professional and credible manner. Supporting data and images may be appropriate, and are highly encouraged.

Images: Images should be submitted in GIF or JPF format only; video should be compressed for web usage.

Length: Ideally, articles should be between 800 and 1600 words. Articles can be submitted to LifeInItaly.com in Word format with embedded images. We have to remove all the formatting from the articles and add our own to post so the final publication will often look different than the submitted work.

Subjects: Subjects include just about anything having to do with life in Italy. The author should check his or her ideas by using the Google search function on the LifeinItaly.com homepage to make sure similar articles are not already published on the website. Authors are strongly encouraged to discuss article ideas with the editor and submit an outline or summary before investing time in writing. LifeInItaly.com reserves the right not to publish an accepted article if the material becomes dated or does not meet our standards, or other concerns arise.

Editing: We will review and edit all articles for content, accuracy, style, grammar and punctuation. However it is expected that authors will have already proofread their work for such errors. Works containing large amounts of poor grammar, misspellings, bad translations or factual errors will be declined. Editors may contact authors when questions arise during the editing process. Authors will be given the opportunity to review the edited version before it is published.

Copyright and credits: Since the content of LifeInItaly.com is copyrighted, any other website wishing to use the article after if has appeared on our website must obtain permission from Lifeinitaly.com to do so. We do not publish articles that promote the author’s company, products or services. The Author’s byline will appear at the bottom of the article unless the author requests otherwise. LifeinItaly.com reserves the right to omit an author’s byline when the published work has been significantly altered or rewritten during the editing process. In these cases the chief editor will not include an author’s name to the work. If we receive requests from other publications to reprint the article, we will contact the author and act so that we all benefit. We usually ask the publication to credit both Lifeinitaly.com and the author’s name.

Circulation: 15,000  visitors a day, about one million page views a month.

Pay: Pay varies depending on subject, length and whether images are included. At this point we pay from $30 up to $80 per article; fees will increase with regular submissions and as the website grows.

Payment Method: The preferred method is Paypal but we can also send business checks. Entire Agreement; No Assignment. This agreement sets forth our entire understanding with regard to the subject matter of this agreement and supersedes all other or prior agreements, understandings or discussions concerning its subject matter and neither the rights nor obligations hereunder may be assigned by AUTHOR without the prior written consent of Lifeinitaly.com.

Governing Law. This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Maryland, without reference to the principles of conflicts of law therein.

Arbitration. All disputes arising under this agreement shall be resolved exclusively through final and binding arbitration before a single arbitrator in accordance with the American Arbitration Association’s Rules for Commercial Arbitration then in effect. All arbitrations shall be held in Rockville, Maryland. The arbitrator shall award the prevailing party his or its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. The prevailing party in such litigation shall be awarded his or its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.

Amendment, Waiver or Modification. No amendment, waiver or modification of this agreement shall be binding unless it is in writing and signed by both AUTHOR and Lifeinitaly.com and dated subsequent to the date of this Agreement. No waiver by Lifeitaly of any breach by AUTHOR of this agreement shall be construed as a waiver as to succeeding breaches. Performance of work by AUTHOR, acceptance of payment by AUTHOR for work performed, or work performed for Lifeinitaly.com beyond the scope of this agreement does not constitute acceptance by Lifeinitaly.com of amendments or modifications to this agreement nor shall they be binding.

Thanks: Thanks to all the contributors so far.

If you agree that this letter accurately sets forth the terms of our agreement, please sign a copy where indicated below and return it to me.

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Paolo Nascimbeni ____________________

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