Contributing Author Guidelines

Want to Contribute to the Open Minds Blog?Here's what you need to know.


The Open Minds blog is always looking for new contributors to bring fresh strategies, opinions, research, and thought leadership about the ever-changing world of coercion and manipulation to our readers.

The Open Minds blog caters to the promotion and education of the dangers of human predators and the techniques they use, from propaganda and sales tricks, to thought reform and hypnosis.

We welcome both personal accounts of manipulation and expert material. For expert material, our audience want to understand manipulation and undue influence, so contributions should speak clearly to one of the above segments and offer the reader actionable content that they can implement in their lives.

Submissions should:

  • Be 100% original and not published anywhere else.
  • Be well-written, clear, interesting, and above all, helpful.
  • Provide attribution for all data or statistics cited with a hyperlink.
  • Not be overly self-promotional.

How to Submit Your Content

Please email blogcontent [at] OpenMindsFoundation [dot] org with the following:

  • Your completed post as an HTML file or Word Doc.
  • Image files for your post (with attribution) in a separate folder.
  • Short author bio with a headshot. Include a maximum of one anchor text link to your own website.
  • To make an anonymous contribution or use a pen name, please indicate that clearly at the start of the email.

Important Caveats:

  • Editors reserve the right to reject contributions at their discretion.
  • Guest contributors may not republish their published contributions to the Open Minds blog anywhere else without the permission of Open Minds.
    Here’s more on what you can do besides sharing your post like crazy.
  • Editors reserve the right to edit, adapt, update, and republish contributions at their discretion.
  • In rare cases, contributed posts may be removed from the blog.

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Open Minds blog. We look forward to receiving your work.

Our Priorities 

We are most concerned about young people (ages 12 -19), as studies have shown they are most likely to be coerced. In fact this is the time for young people to be learning about critical thinking and how to recognize coercion in its many forms. We are also interested in educating caregivers, educators and parents of young people, as well as legal professionals and medical advisors in order to raise all-around awareness of coercion and coercive control.

The Open Minds Foundation brings together a collective of like-minded individuals, who either have knowledge and interest in coercion or first-hand experience of coercive control. Our board of trustees all have personal experience with the issue, and our wider community of experts are drawn from a range of backgrounds including academia, healthcare, therapy, law and community leadership.

The Open Minds Foundation is a registered charitable organization in the US and is currently pursuing charitable status in the UK. 

“The key to an open mind is doubt – the freedom to agree or disagree with any idea or belief, even one’s own, as one sees fit.”

-Alan W. Scheflin

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