Submit an Editorial

The Contribution Process

  1. Submit article for review
  2. Enter article into content system or email article to staff (articles submitted via our online content system receive priority processing over those received by email)
  3. Make sure your article gets the visibility it deserves
  4. Special settings
  5. Save & preview
  6. Approval/review/revision steps

Submit Article for Review

Submit your article and/or archive of previously written articles to cris @ for review along with any desired contact information you wish to display on your contributor profile. Profiles may include the person's name, a short bio (less than 2000 characters), contact information (phone, email, etc.), a photo, as well as a website. Click here to see an example.

All contributors must submit a biography. At the bare minimum, it should provide our readers with information on the contributor's qualifications with respect to the markets/economy. Contributors are reminded that blatant self-promotion or other inappropriate entries will be excised without prior notification.

Any changes or updates to your contributor profile will be reviewed and approved by our webmaster.

Anonymous Contributions/Uses of Pseudonyms

While we understand that not every contributor can use their real name on their contributions (due to workplace regulations or other factors), some restrictions and guidelines apply:

  • The Financial Sense staff must know the identity of the contributor, which will be kept confidential
  • All Contribution Guidelines apply, including disclosure of stock positions held by the contributor that apply to the contribution
  • Contributors writing under a pseudonym must indicate that they do so in their bio sketch
Before You Get Started, a Few Tips

Save, Save, Save!

Since our web contribution system does not have an "auto-save" feature, we strongly recommend that you frequently save your article as you work on it using the "Save" button at the bottom of the "Story" you are working on. Saving your story while you are working on it will store a draft of the story, but the story will not be submitted for review until you officially submit the article (see process below) .

TinyMCE (the HTML Editor) Guide

If you’re having technical difficulties migrating your article from a Word document or another platform we suggest reviewing our TinyMCE guide. The guide includes step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to format your article, add tables, insert graphics, and more.

Viewing More, Viewing Less

Any item preceeded by a "chevron symbol" &(► or ▼) has sub-items that can be viewed or hidden by clicking on the chevron symbol. This feature may come in handy as you go through the process of submitting an article, since it will allow you to "hide" segments of the submission form to make it easier for you to work with your submission.

Enter Article into Content System or Email Article to FSO staff

Important: Each contributor may submit up to three articles per week; each article must meet our Contribution Guidelines.

Email Article to FSO Staff

You may submit your article to the FSO Staff directly via email. However, articles submitted by email are processed after articles received via our online article submission process (described below).

Submit Article Via Online System (for Priority Processing)

Which browser should I use to enter my article?

Internet Explorer 8, Firefox, Safari & Chrome work well with our content entry system; Internet Explorer 7 has some known bugs so we recommend using another browser to enter your articles. Chrome tends to be the "fastest."

1) Log in to Financial Sense online with your username and password. The login area is on the far right near the bottom of all Financial Sense web pages.

What if I've forgotten my Username or Password?

If you’ve forgotten your password you can click "Request new password" below the login button. There you will be asked to provide either your Username or e-mail address; a new password will be provided once the "Email new password" is clicked.

If you've forgotten your Username, you may look in our Contributor List to locate your name (including titles such a CFP, CFA, CMT, etc) as it appears on our website—your username is this name (including any titles that are part of your "name"). If you require further assistance, please contact our webmaster.

2) Click on Create content.

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3) When the "Create content" window pops up, click on Story.

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4) When the Story window pops up, enter the Title of the article (required). The capitalization of the Title should conform to standard capitalization rules. Then Enter the SubTitle of the article (if applicable). Only capitalize the first word, and any proper nouns, in the SubTitle.

5) Enter a brief Summary of your article. This is a 200-character, plain text summation of your article. For FSO Exclusive and FSO 24-hour Exclusive articles, this summary will appear on the Financial Sense home page and related In Focus pages, and may also appear in various aggregator and RSS feeds as a "teaser" for the full article.

6) In Body, enter the actual text, graphics, tables, etc., of the article.

For best results, we recommend using the "Paste as Plain Text" (6a) button when pasting from word processing or other programs. Although this will strip out most of your formatting, it will ensure that your submission reads properly on most browsers. Once your text is properly inserted into the Body window, you may use the "Paste" button (6b) to move text around within the Body window.

You *must* use the TinyMCE editor (the toolbar in the Body area) to add tables, graphics, and other materials. The TinyMCE Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to enter text, tables, graphics, and more into the Body of the article. This guide also provides helpful hints about how to enter your images, format your text, and organize attachments to help your article and its graphics/contents appear in search engine results.

Any improperly formatted articles will be returned for re-submission.

Note: We strongly discourage you from clicking "Disable rich-text" (6c).

steps 4 through 6d

Make Sure Your Article Gets the Visibility It Deserves

7) In the "Vocabularies" area, you will enter a number of "tags" that will help your article appear on the correct places on our website.

Selecting Multiple "Tags"

If the topics are not next to each other in the list, hold down "Ctrl" and click on the topics you'd like to select.

If the topics are next to each other in the list, hold down "Shift" and click the first item you'd like to select and the last item in the "block" of topics you'd like to select.

Select the level of Article Exclusivity (7a)—this is required—desired for the article. (See Contributor Benefits for information about the special visibility offered to Exclusive articles).

  • "FSO Exclusive" contributions are articles you are planning on publishing only on Financial Sense.
  • "FSO 24 Hour Exclusive" contributions are articles you are planning on publishing on Financial Sense 24 hours before publishing a duplicate of the contribution elsewhere.
  • "Non-Exclusive" contributions are articles you are planning on publishing to multiple places at approximately the same time.

Select the "tag(s)" or Article Topic (7b)—this is required—that are *appropriate* for the content of the article. These tags will be used in a number of ways: help visitors find articles on subjects they're interested in, determine which "In Focus" pages on which the article will appear, help the article appear on web searches for specific topics, determine which RSS feeds the article appears on, determine which aggregators the article gets sent to, etc. As part of the submission review process, our editorial staff may modify your topic selections to make sure your submission appears in the appropriate locations on our website.

For example, an article tagged "Storm Watch", will appear on the "Storm Watch" In Focus page, the "Economy" In Focus page, and on a list of articles that are tagged "Economy."

Select the level of Article Special Visibility (7c)— *for FSO editorial staff use only* this is not requireddesired for the article. However in most cases the selection will be "None" (See Contributor Benefits for information about the special visibility offered to Exclusive articles).

  • "None" contributions are articles you are planning on publishing only on Financial Sense.
  • "Featured" contributions selected for homepage featured above the fold. Featured articles are typically planned on publishing on Financial Sense 24 hours before publishing a duplicate of the contribution elsewhere.
  • "Key" contributions are articles we select to be displayed on In Focus pages.
  • "Market Observations" are articles typically written by FSO in house editorial staff as exclusives or timely relevant market related editorials selected by FSO staff.

Select the Media Submission Type (7d); this is required—in most cases this will be "Article."


Tip: Once you are finished entering your article's media type, topics, and exclusivity, you can hide this whole section by clicking on the chevron ▼ next to "Vocabularies."

Special Settings/Features

8) You can click on "File attachments" if you would like further options for attaching files, such as PDFs or spreadsheets, to your article. See the TinyMCE Guide for further information.

9) Enter "contributors/author-name/title-of-article" at "URL path settings." To be consistent across your articles, and to help your article rank higher in search engine results, use all lowercase letters and no punctuation other than a hyphen between words. After typing "contributors," enter a slash "/" and then your logon name with all the spaces replaced with hyphens, followed by a slash "/" and then your article title, with no punctuation other than hyphens between words.

For example, James J Puplava CFP's article "There Is No Plan 'B'" would result in this URL:


10) If the article is a collaboration with other writers, you can enter Co-Authors. Start typing in your co-authors' names, and the system will start to pull up possible matches from our contributor base.

Note: Your co-author(s) must have valid, active contributor accounts as their own to be listed as co-contributors on your article.

11) Changing the "Authoring information" is optional. If no changes are made to the Authoring information, Authored on will default to the present date.

In some rare instances, the publication date may be different than the present date, in which case you may manually enter an "Authored on" date in the YYYY-MM-DD format. This feature may come in handy if you 1) want to get an article pre-approved for publication, but don't want it to actually be published until a few days from now or 2) you are entering an article you published previously on the site on a prior date (i.e. if you are creating an archive of your past articles).

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Save & Preview

12) *Save* your article (we strongly recommend you Save rather than Preview, so as to prevent losing data as discussed in the Save, Save, Save! tip above). Saving your article *does not* submit it for publication, see step 14 for how to submit your article.

Note: If you are missing any required information on your submission, the submission save process will be suspended, and a note will appear at the top of the submission to let you know which information needs to be supplied before the article can be saved.

missing fields

The missing fields will also be outlined in red.

missing types

Once you have supplied this information, Save your article.

13) Once you save your article, a (pre)View (13a) of what your published article looks like appears.

Please review your article for spelling and grammatical errors, formatting problems, etc. If you need to make changes, go to the Edit tab (13b) and enter your changes.

Save your changes, then review your changes.

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14) Once you have saved and reviewed your article, and are ready to submit it for consideration for publication, go to the Edit tab (13b) and scroll to the bottom of the submission window. In the "Contributor Story Workflow" area, select Submitted (14a) and then Save.

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You may use the Comment area (14b) to communicate with our editorial staff about your article; our staff's comments to you will appear in your article's "Workflow."

The Approval, Review, and Revision Process

Once the article is Submitted, our staff automatically will be notified to review the article, so there is no need to email our editorial staff to let them know your article is ready for review.

As a reminder, incoming submissions will be processed in the following priority order: FSO Exclusive, FSO 24-Hour Exclusive, Non-Exclusive, with articles submitted online being processed first, followed by those received via email. Submissions are processed by our editorial staff on a best-efforts basis, so FSO 24-Hour Exclusive and Non-Exclusive contributions, and those received by email, may experience longer delays between submission and approval for publication.

Checking Your Article's Status

You will always receive an email from our editorial staff when they make a change to your article's status—from Submitted to Approved, from Submitted to Changes Requested, or from Submitted to Declined—so there is no need to email our editorial staff to check the status of your submission.

However, if you prefer to view your article's status online—perhaps to verify you submitted it properly—after you've logged in to your contributor account, select "My Content."

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A list of your contributions and their publication status will appear:

workflow table

Workflow Position "Draft"; Published = "No"

A Draft is a "work in progress" that you have saved to our content submission system. Drafts have not yet been submitted for approval and do not appear in our editorial staff's review queue. To submit your article to our editorial staff for review, change its "Contributor Story Workflow" to "Submitted."

Workflow Position "Submitted"; Published = "No"

A Submitted article appears in our editorial staff's review queue. As long as its status remains "Submitted," it is still in review. Once our editorial staff has reviewed the article, they will change its status to "Approved," "Changes Requested," or "Declined."

We try to process most submissions within a 24-hour timeframe during the normal work week, but special circumstances or high submission rates may lead to slight delays in review. If your article remains in the Submitted Workflow Position for over 24 hours, we ask for your patience while our hardworking editorial staff manages their review queue. Unfortunately, our editorial staff will not be able to respond to inquiries solely related to the review status of an article; their attention is focused on reviewing and responding to submissions themselves.

Contributors are again reminded that FSO Exclusive articles will *always* take top priority in the review queue, regardless of how many 24-Hour Exclusive or Non-Exclusive preceded them.

Workflow Position "Approved" and/or Published "Yes"

If our staff Approves your article for publication, it will immediately be published to our home page, In Focus pages, archive pages, RSS feeds, aggregator feeds, etc. (as appropriate and as determined by level of article exclusivity), and you will receive an email notifying you that your article has been published.

Status "Changes Requested"; Published = "No"

From time to time, we receive submissions that need further editing before publication. Our editorial staff will contact the author by email if any changes need to be made to the article. The article will also appear in your My Content area Workflow Position as "Changes Requested."

To make changes to your article, log into Financial Sense, visit "My Content" and click on "Edit" by the article needing revision.

The "Edit" view of the article submission form appears.

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Click on the "Workflow" tab to review the comments from the editorial staff about changes they are requesting to your article.

workflow history

The "Workflow" view shows a "Workflow History" of your article from the time you created it to the present, and logs any changes made to key areas of the article. In the "New State" area, you will see the "Changes Requested" and the comment from our editorial staff with specific feedback on the requested edits to your article.

To make the requested changes, click on the "Edit" tab again to view the article submission form.

Once you have finished editing, you may "Save" the article again and change its status to "Submitted." Our staff will again be notified automatically that the article is available for review.

Commonly requested changes involve excising specific stock recommendations, requests for appropriate citation of third party materials, and more careful grammar and spelling.

Status "Declined"; Published = "No"

From time to time we receive submissions that are not appropriate for the Mission and Purpose of Financial Sense, or that do not comply with our Contribution Guidelines. While we always appreciate our contributors' enthusiasm for participating in the Financial Sense community, we reserve the right to decline to publish, or to unpublish, material that we do not feel is appropriate for our site and its public.


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Cris Sheridan