For Editors

OtherWords posts our weekly editorial packages to the Web and emails the text, with hyperlinks, in our newsletter on Wednesdays. Some editors run our commentaries and cartoons right away, while many others publish or post them weeks later, so we strive to make our work both timely and evergreen. Our commentaries and cartoons are available free of charge. Please cite OtherWords and the author’s name if you run our work.

We license our content through Creative Commons, using an “Attribution-No Derivatives Work” license. This allows others to share the content, but requires attribution and does not allow for derivative works (others may not alter, transform, or build upon the work). We believe this protects the interests of our writers while allowing for the maximum flexibility in distributing content.

We adhere to AP style with a few exceptions. If you have any concerns or questions about our editorial practices, please let us know at We’re always happy to hear from you.

Tips for using this website:

  • Cartoons
    To view a cartoon in the size you’ll probably need for publication, right-click on the image and select “open in new tab.” Pull the image from there.
  • Photos
    To get a high-resolution photo, click on the photo to get to the contributor’s page. Then click the headshot on the contributor’s personal page for a version in high resolution. You can also find headshots for all OtherWords writers, past and present, on our main contributors page, where they’re listed in alphabetical order.
  • Word Count
    Our website automatically generates a word count for every op-ed and column. It’s close to, but not the same as, the count you’ll get in Microsoft Word. The difference is typically less than 10 words but can be bigger than that. You’ll find the count at the top of the commentary, after the date. We provide the word count as a courtesy for newspaper editors.
  • Printing
    If you’d like to print from our site, use the print tool in the upper right-hand corner of most pages and remove images or adjust the text size as required.

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