IAPP Contributor Guidelines

Publishing articles with the IAPP is a unique opportunity to provide thought leadership to a thriving network of professionals around the world and obtain Continuing Privacy Education credits.

The IAPP welcomes original submissions, from both members and nonmembers, on topics related to privacy, data protection, AI governance and other associated subjects.

Articles should offer a unique perspective or new subject analysis in privacy, data protection or AI governance. Please review published articles at IAPP.org/news to ensure your proposed idea or submission has not been previously covered.

Before submitting a pitch, please review the following guidelines for publishing with the IAPP.


  • Authors should submit one to two paragraphs detailing the proposed topic and author's experience with the subject for consideration before submitting a draft article to ensure it is a proper and timely fit for IAPP publication.
  • Articles should be conversational in tone — like you're chatting over coffee with a friend — and length should fall between 800 and 1,200 words, although there is slight flexibility depending on the topic.
  • Footnotes are not accepted. Instead, please include necessary hyperlinks within text.
  • Use links, bullets and numbers sparingly.
  • Avoid sub-bulleted lists and stacked headlines.
  • The IAPP edits submissions using the Associated Press Stylebook and house guidelines. Contributed articles will also be fact-checked, so providing sources is helpful in speeding up the publication timeline.


  • Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis and require approval by the IAPP Editorial Team prior to publication.
  • Submission does not guarantee publication.
  • If your submission is approved, its publication date depends on several factors, including editorial priorities, timeliness, editing required and publication constraints.


  • All submissions should include a brief author biography of no more than 50 words in third person, containing the current title and organization for each author.
  • No more than four authors per submitted article.
  • For articles with multiple authors, clearly designate a lead author for communication purposes.


  • To be considered by the IAPP, articles must not have been previously published in another publication.
  • Once the IAPP publishes an article, it asks for 24 hours exclusivity before it is published elsewhere. If, after 24 hours, the piece is repurposed on another website, please include language stating the article was originally published by the IAPP and a link back to the original.

To submit

  • Please submit your pitch to Managing Editor Michelle Clarke at mclarke@iapp.org.