Platform Rules

What kind of writers would the IOSI PLATFORM publish? 

IOSI writers must be registered as members. Registration is free, and easy to complete. Click “Log in” to get started. 

IOSI publishes writers with a connection to law enforcement, military, security, and intelligence. Articles are written by active and retired law enforcement officers, criminal justice professors, spouses of police officers, attorneys, unsworn law enforcement employees, military service personnel, law enforcement trainers, criminal justice graduate students, and general security personnel, among others. 

What kind of articles does IOSI seek to publish? 

IOSI seeks to publish articles which provide an interesting perspective about current news and issues faced in the profession of security and intelligence. Articles may be about training issues, case law, special units, patrol, policy and procedure, police communications, current events, law enforcement controversies, crime, profiles about outstanding law enforcement members, policing history, and real-life law enforcement experiences which readers can learn from; other contemporary police issues can be incorporated. IOSI is run for and by professionals; it does not publish “police bashing” articles, and any harassment or discrimination on the platform by members will not be tolerated. IOSI welcomes and considers information about security topics from all sorts; however, any criticism shared should be addressed with solution-based language through which our professionals can draw insights from lessons learnt. 

At IOSI, our goal is to improve and support our people in the security and intelligence profession.

Writing Style 

All work submitted must be easy to read and understand. Our suggestion is to use straightforward sentences to help readers understand all concepts presented; additionally, it is encouraged to use an active voice rather than a passive one. Grammar, syntax, and spelling must be checked and correct. 

These are the following ideas: 

  • Be specific and concise
  • Use an active voice when writing  
  • Address arguments in positive way 
  • Avoid overstating the same sentences
  • Avoid the use of qualifiers 

All written work should be understandable to all readers, regardless of their academic background. Articles must be relevant to law enforcement in its different shapes and forms. The inclusion of tables, drawings, charts, or photographs is welcomed. Articles must be original material – except all properly cited references in short passages. 

Article Length 

We suggest crafting short reading articles than an epic story. Ideally, most articles to be published at IOSI shall comprise between 500 – 1,000 words. It becomes straightforward and less cumbersome when articles are short and concise. In the case that your article falls outside this guideline, please contact the Editor to discuss other ways of arranging it. 

Intellectual Property 

Contributors retain the intellectual property rights of their work. By submitting your work for publication at IOSI, you agree to undergo an editorial review; thus, necessary changes with the content might take place. In this sense, IOSI SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS may correct the grammar, syntax or edit your article in a clear and shorter way without ever changing your opinions and thoughts. 

Disclaimer 

The Editorial team makes every effort to review that harassment does not take place on the IOSI PLATFORM. Along the same line, our team will be attentive and check misleading and inaccurate facts as well as opinions and statements. However, opinions that are emitted on articles and advertisements are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser. The publisher, the editorial board, editors, their respective employees, officers, and agents accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the consequences of such misleading data coming from articles and advertisements. 

Permissions 

IOSI would like to promote personal photographs that complement submitted articles. If you submit a personal photograph alongside your article, please indicate if you (or the respective institution with copyrights) would like to grant permission to IOSI for further use of such photograph. 

SEO

IOSI strives to present each article in a manner where search engine optimization (SEO) is fully utilized. Our idea is that your article can be reached and read by as many people as possible. Your work will not only be featured on our social media platforms; our goal is that internet search engines can find these relevant articles based upon word search queries. As such, minor modifications by the Editorial team might be made to accommodate for this purpose.

IOSI INSTRUMENT 

Anonymous POST

We cannot succeed without the active involvement of citizens IN BUILDING A BETTER SOCIETY. This applies to all of us, not just people involved in politics, law enforcement or the field of law. In society, we play different roles – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, teachers, firefighters, rescuers and so much more. All of us, irrespective of our roles, face constant security threats, even when they are not blatantly obvious. This includes the numerous consequences that criminal activity has created, and despite not being starkly evident, these consequences compromise and endanger us all. 

This is where IOSI comes into play. The IOSI PLATFORM for members strives to serve as the catalyst to a global shift away from the old paradigm. IOSI wants to serve as a virtual safe space for all persons involved in SECURITY AND INTELLIGENCE, where they can express themselves accordingly, and freely exchange opinions. 

To offer a trustworthy and safe space, our platform allows everyone to publish articles anonymously if they so desire; hence, issues relating to the criminal behavior can be exposed confidently, among other critical matters in our society. In this sense, it is important to emphasize that IOSI neither censors nor spies; however, harassment is not tolerated as per our rules.

Fundamentally, our platform respects freedom of expression and the right of individuals to live in a secure society. Our team knows what it is like to be at the center of risk. The ability to post anonymously opens doors to victims or other individuals caught up in the criminal world of narcotics to share sensitive and critical information that they would otherwise be unable to, due to realistic fears for their safety.  

The purpose of posting anonymously is not, as it might seem, to break rules. The objective is to protect a level of freedom that is important to our community, ourselves, and our loved ones, and to protect us from the dangers that exist when identity is revealed. Our professional experience has shown us that this danger is not unrealistic.  

Global Organization for Security and Intelligence – IOSI

2020

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