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The Colorado Encyclopedia welcomes articles on pre-approved topics from trained scholars and writers as well as the general public.

To get started on your contribution, please fill out the Topic Suggestion Form. Topics must be of some significance to the state of Colorado.

Once your topic is approved, you must create an account, log in, and complete the Article and Media Submission Form.

Contributor Guidelines

Before submitting an entry, contributors to the Colorado Encyclopedia must download and review the Contributor Guidelines.

Please look to existing entries to get an idea of the tone, style, length, and how to format sources.

***PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN ARTICLE WITH FOOTNOTES. Drafts with footnotes will be sent back to authors for reformatting***

Articles will not be published without a completed and signed Publishing Agreement. The agreement may be submitted in one of the following ways:

1) Download, fill out, and digitally sign the form, and upload it to the Article and Media  Submission Form;
2) Print, fill out, scan, and upload the form as a PDF to the Article and Media Submission Form, or
3) Print, fill out, and return the form via standard mail.

If sending the agreement by mail, please address it to:

Nick Johnson
1775 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1776

Editing Process

After submission, Encyclopedia articles undergo a multi-step, peer-review editorial process during which you may be asked to make multiple revisions:

-Editor will confirm receipt, edit the article, and if deemed necessary, request revisions.

-Upon approval by the Editor, the Editor-in-Chief will review the article and may ask for further revisions.

-After it is approved by the Editor-in-Chief, the article will be professionally copyedited.

-You will receive notice when the article has been copyedited and published on the Encyclopedia site. Staff reserves the right to make final editorial decisions.

Development Policy

The Colorado Encyclopedia Development Policy lists types of content accepted and not accepted, and includes the development process, development strategy, and sustainability plan.