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You have an idea for an article but you don’t know where to start? Or maybe your article is ready but you don’t know where to publish it? We have a solution for that! Hakin9 always has open spots for new submissions. If you want to publish your article in our magazine, just contact our editor at [email protected] and will get back to you! Technical information and requirements are included below the submission form.
Article length must be 1,500 words and up. Every article should have:
- Introduction and conclusion: All articles begin with an introduction. It doesn’t have to be long, 6-8 sentences are enough to present your topic. The same rule applies to the conclusion.
- Paragraphs: Your article should be divided into paragraphs that should have headings.
- Graphics: You can also put graphics/screenshots in the text. Please, remember to title each graphic. Graphics should be supplied in JPG or PNG format.
- If you would like to add some links, you need to put it in a special section (named On The Web) at the end of the article (after conclusion).
- Don’t forget about bibliography and references! Place them after ON THE WEB section.
- About the Author: Please add your photo and write a few words about yourself, for example: the author has been working as a computer network administrator in a large company for the past eight years and is also involved in developing database and Web-based applications, intended primarily for improving corporate information management.
You can download the whole list of our formatting guidelines from here: PenTest Mag’s Formatting Guidelines.
Don’t worry, if you forget to apply some of the above rules – we’re here to correct whatever gets past you.
Our blog is open for everyone, if you have something interesting to share with our readers, go ahead!
To make sure that your post will be published on our blog, you must make sure that you meet our requirements. Below, you will find all the necessary information related to guest posting. Please remember, every guest post goes through the editorial process, to check if everything is correct and according to our rules. We reserve the right to reject the post, especially if your article doesn’t meet our requirements. Link insertion is not accepted. As the articles are prepared by the independent researchers and authors, their work will not be changed after receiving approval from our side. During the last week of every month, submissions are suspended. We will respond to all messages that were sent during this time as soon as possible.
The first step is to read the below requirements. Those elements must be included in your publication, so make sure to check everything. Send us a message with your topic suggestions (the emails and form are at the end of this post), so we approve it or give you feedback. When an article is ready it will go through the editorial process. We will evaluate your work to check if all elements are included. We reserve the right to reject the submission, especially if your article doesn’t meet our requirements. When all is good, the publication will appear on our blog.
Sponsored posts go through the same process as described above. The same rules that are presented below also apply, the exception is the number of links contained in the article. In the free guest posts, you can have only two, while in the sponsored post there are no restrictions and they are do-follow. The article goes live after the payment is completed, contact our staff to receive information about the pricing.
All publications – sponsored and free – have a permanent spot on our website unless authors decide otherwise. We can take down the article upon request.
We only accept original articles; do not copy someone’s article without their permission. If you want us to repost your article (from your own blog, for example), please contact us directly.
Cybersecurity is a wide area with many possible topics. But there are some ideas that were presented countless times and have no value. Before you choose a topic, check our blog for the latest posts and see if your idea will be a repetition of something we already have on our website. If you have problems with choosing the topic, write to us, and we will help you!
Our website is dedicated to pentesting and offensive security, so make sure that your article is related to those topics (gaming, gambling, sports or other unrelated topics will be rejected). We want to present the best quality articles to our readers, therefore, posts about other topics will be rejected.
Guest posting is free of charge, therefore, you can place only two links in the article. Secondly, the links can’t lead to product pages, other training courses pages, company pages, or websites unrelated to the topic (no gaming, casino, or sports content as well). Inserting links into existing articles is not accepted. We will check each link to make sure that this requirement is met. If you want to have an unlimited number of links, ask us about sponsored post rules for more details. Sponsored posts receive permanent do-follow links.
The best articles are concise and to the point. Content should be between 800 and 1,200 words.
It’s not necessary, and you don’t have to follow this point, but ask yourself whether a graph or table of data would help visualize your point better than text.
Don’t forget to introduce yourself! You can add a photo image, and a couple of lines about you and what you do, along with links to your website and social media accounts (if you have them).