The Policy Scotland website is a space for sharing evidence, insights and findings related to public policy.

Our aim is to facilitate the flow of knowledge between policymakers, researchers and the public. We aim to make evidence and expert opinion accessible to a wide readership.

The website supports this exchange of knowledge and helps to amplifies the impact of research.

What we’re looking for

We publish:

  • commentaries on current public policy issues
  • policy briefings
  • research papers and reports

We may also re-post content that has already been published elsewhere, though we may request a new introduction or add a short commentary.

As well as written pieces, we also publish podcasts and videos.


Our audiences are:

  • academics and researchers
  • policymakers at local and national levels in Scotland, the UK and international contexts
  • practitioners and leaders in public sector and third sector organisations.


If you have an idea for a contribution please get in touch so we can discuss it further and agree deadlines. We can also discuss the options for producing a podcast or video.

We publish different types of content, which have different forms. An article needs to present a point of view or argument; a policy briefing should have clear and realistic recommendations for action.  

The following guidance is intended to make sure the process is clear and make the path to publication as smooth as possible. 

Once your piece has been created, one or more of our members of staff will review it and may have a chat with you about any suggested changes of emphasis or edits.

We may edit for clarity and length, and add a short introduction. We’ll return it to you for approval before publication.


Where possible, content is published with an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, meaning you retain copyright but allow other publishers to re-use it as long as the author(s) and Policy Scotland are credited.

We also include a standard disclaimer: Blog content reflects the views of the author(s) and not the position of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.


We will include a byline with your name, position or title and your organisation, and a link to your online biography/profile. If appropriate, we’ll include organisational logos and links in papers and reports.


Once published we may receive public comments on the website. We will seek your assistance in responding to these.

Promotion and impact

The content will include a recommended citation to help people reference the article or document.

Policy Scotland will promote the publication via our social media channels, using appropriate hashtags, and our newsletter.

We will share metrics regarding access and readership with you.