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Operational guides & policies

We are committed to high standards in how we produce and communicate research findings. You can review our policies and procedures for open access, publications, photo use, and more in this collection.
3 October 2021

Authors' guide to working with copyeditors

WORKING WITH COPYEDITORS: After a paper is approved for publishing it will be sent for copyediting. The author and editor work together to make sure the paper communicates your points clearly to readers and follows U4 style.

Blog posts – guide to authors

BLOG POST GUIDE: Information to authors about expected format, tone, and referencing to best reach intended readers.

Helpdesk Answer policy

HELPDESK ANSWER POLICY: A guide to authors and editors of our helpdesk answers.

Open access policy

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 is a Creative Commons licence that we label our publications and with. This means that you are encouraged to reuse, print and share U4's publications for non-commercial purposes. 

Please always give U4 due credit. For online use kindly link directly to the original resource on the U4 website, whenever possible.

Photo policy

PHOTO POLICY: We apply a set of considerations for choosing and using images in a conscious and progressive manner that respects people's rights.

‌Privacy & data protection policy

PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION POLICY: How the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre processes personal data in accordance with data protection legislation.

Publication policy

PUBLICATION POLICY: Rules and details about length, formats, and compulsory sections in U4 publication series.

Publication types and quality assurance process

PUBLICATION TYPES AND QUALITY ASSURANCE PROCESS: We write publications to inform development practitioners and policymakers. We follow set procedures to ensure high quality research and resources that are relevant for development programming and anti-corruption.

Style guide

STYLE GUIDE: Rules on language and spelling, tone, referencing, and readability to achieve a coherent and accessible U4 voice.


    All views in this text are the author(s)’, and may differ from the U4 partner agencies’ policies.

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