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ASIES: Publications Policy

By 11/08/2014

This blog is part of a showcase of exhibits from Latin American think tanks participating in the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme. You may view other entries on the Latin America PEC Showcase Overview Page. 

Are processes for producing new publications chaotic and stressful for your organisation? Have you dealt with many publications coming out at the same time and not been able to guarantee the quality of each? Maybe it´s time you thought about developing a Publications Policy or Handbook.

The ASIES Publications Policy was produced to help the think tank Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES) to create  a consistent identity for all of its diverse publications, and thereby maintain an institutional brand. The guide contains descriptions of the processes which should be followed internally by staff to ensure that the publications  both reach and are accessible to its target audiences.

The first section focuses on the steps that need to be taken for the development of a new publication. The second section includes specifications about visual design as well as technical procedures that need to take place to produce a publication. The third and last section provides guidelines on how to write for the different types of publications.

The ASIES Publications Policy enabled the organisation to effectively organize its virtual library. Currently its website allows direct access to all research, articles and policy proposals developed since its creation 35 years ago, as well as documents from other academic institutions, authors, publishers or organizations.

The guide was developed by ASIES under the supervision of its facilitator, Vanesa Weyrauch.

Showcase exhibit: View ASIES Publications Policy (Spanish only)


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