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Editorial Guidelines

What we publish

Our central interest is: "A critical examination of the state of Subud, addressing any relevant issues such as kejiwaan, the organization, prevalent attitudes and assumptions, our relationship with the world, and so on. What is wrong and why? What is right and why? And what should our strategies be for change?

Such an article could be any one of the following:

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UNORTHODOX

OPEN MINDED INVESTIGATION EVIDENCE
CITATIONS BROAD AUDIENCE APPEAL FOCUSED

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What we don't publish

It is not the job of the editors to approve of what you are saying in your article. However, if the editors find flaws in an article, it is almost certain that the readers will find the same flaws. In these circumstances what the editors will criticise is not the conclusions of the article, which the editors may even agree with, but the steps taken to reach those conclusions - if these are obviously flawed, readers will quickly lose interest, and the opportunity to persuade them of your point of view will be lost.

Undesirable Features

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SELF CONTRADICTION KNOCKING DOWN STRAW MEN LOGICAL FALLACIES DISRESPECTING OPPONENTS
FALSE CHOICES SWEEPING GENERALISATIONS POSTURING UNSUITABLE CONTENT

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Positive Advice for Persuading Others of your Point of View

  1. Present your position as clearly as possible.
  2. If your article makes one or more proposals, you may choose to provide all the evidence and experience first, and then arrive at your proposals at the end, or you might start with what you believe we should be doing, but which we are not doing now, and then use the rest of the article to justify your proposals.
  3. The fact that you believe in something doesn't make it correct, so don't try to argue from a personal point of view. If the position is accurate, there should be evidence or logic that can support it.
  4. Portray the opposing side fairly and accurately. When you present those who disagree with you fairly, your audience will trust you more readily. Additionally, readers who disagree with you will keep reading if you show that you've taken the time to present their point of view accurately.
  5. Support your position with evidence and/or logic. Every claim you make to further your position must be supported.
  6. Acknowledge the limitations of your position. Almost every position has its flaws. Address these flaws and limitations overtly, or your readers will. However, at the same time, show why these limitations do not affect the reasonableness of your position.
  7. Review your work for sweeping generalizations and other fallacies. Seeking out each common fallacy in your draft is a good practice, since most of us use fallacies at times in our arguments.
Index of author advice pages
  1. Introduction for Authors
  2. Editorial Guidelines
  3. Editorial Process
  4. Article Submission Form

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