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Referencing, Sourcing and Crediting

FAQ

What is Sydney Arts Archive?
Why is it worth being a writer?
What kind of articles should I write?
Can I be paid for publishing articles on hubs?
Plagarism, Referencing, Sourcing and Crediting
How do I submit an article?
Why is there a template?
How do I insert and upload images into my review?
How do I add a link?
How do I insert a YouTube clip?
How do I add a map?
What if I want to review a particular venue or show, yet a review on that same venue or show has already been published on Sydney Arts Archive?
I have written an arts review on another site, can I still submit to Sydney Arts Archive?
What are Paid Links?
I have logged into my account, and my articles have only made me 2 cents each, what's going on?
Does Sydney Arts Archive have a style guide?
I still have a question/s that are unanswered, what do I do?
What do I do once I am finished writing and uploading my images?





What is Sydney Arts Archive?

Sydney Arts Archive is a platform for writers to encourage appreciation and critical review of the diverse Sydney arts scene, which includes but is not limited to: visual arts, theatrical arts, musical arts, digital arts, graphic arts, textile arts, comedy, film, performance, creative writing, industrial design, print and publications.
This hub focuses on providing readers with discerning, well written and well informed reviews and information on all things that can be considered worth archiving about the Sydney Arts scene.


Why is it worth being a writer?

Writers are encouraged to build up a catalogue of articles in their fields of choice so as to gain recognition within the online community as a Sydney guru in that field. Not to mention building freelance writer credentials outside of HubGarden where your contribution may be noted on LinkedIn, your personal website or your good old CV.


What kind of articles should I write?

Some current ideas for articles include:
1. Reviews of gallery shows / exhibitions, gigs, performances, plays, productions, publications and more
2. Reviews of establishments / venues (visitor focused)
3. Reviews of establishments / venues (artist focused)
4. Reviews of arts merchandise available at gigs / events
5. Critique / discussion of arts reviews by recognised arts writers
6. Profiles / Interviews with Sydney artists, including well known, upcoming and emerging artists
7. Question articles relating to the arts and upcoming arts trends in Sydney.
8. Articles on Sydney Arts events and festivals
9. Articles on artist studios
10. Articles on arts classes
11. Articles on art supply / costume / music stores
12. Lists - for example ‘The Best Artist Run Galleries in Sydney’, ‘Top Five Ways to buy Second-Hand Instruments’, and ‘Most Popular Busking Spots in Sydney’

Even arts competition / scholarships / exhibition entry articles, of which Sydney residents can enter may be published.

Have a new idea? Feel free to get in touch on the Forum otherwise submit your idea as an article.


Can I be paid for publishing articles on hubs?

Yes you can be paid for sharing your high quality articles. Payment is in proportion to the number of people who read your articles.

The Clicks Per Month (payment for 1000 readers) is under review right now and will be made known shortly. Payments accrue pro-rata based on the number of hits received.

You can view your account balance for all articles written on HubGarden by clicking on "My Account". Please refer to the general HubGarden FAQ for information on requesting payments.
For Australians, payment is via BSB details (capped at $75 per month for hobby tax reasons) or by listing an ABN (where you can claim all of your monthly earnings).


Plagarism, Referencing, Sourcing and Crediting
Any writer caught plagiarising will be warned, and may have their future articles dismissed. This is copying and pasting another arts review / article in Sydney, either partially or in full. Recognition must be cited and given using an asterisk or through a link.

To view our FAQ on Referencing, Sourcing and Crediting click here.


How do I submit an article?

Click on the share link on the homepage.

You will have to login before this link is visible and you are required to complete a short application first (to apply click on the "Write for Us" link on the home page).

Be sure to read all FAQ’s available to see what kind of articles we are looking for.

We encourage writers to use spell check and proof read their work before submitting. This helps your article get published sooner and is a professional habit to get into.

There is no guarantee that an article will be published without being edited, so if in doubt ask a question on the forum.


Why is there a template?

The template is there merely as a guide.

Depending on the type of your article, you may be interested in adding the following features:
Rating: /10 (easy, provide a mark out of 10. A 1/10 is poor, while a 10/10 is excellent.)
Where: (Name of venue)
Why: (The highlight of your visit. Let our readers know)
Cost: (How much you paid and how, online, box office, subscription, donation etc.)
When: (Best time to visit, opening hours)
Good for kids: (Comment if kid friendly, otherwise mention that the establishment etc. is not suitable for kids)


How do I insert and upload images into my review?

Photos to be submitted should be of decent viewing quality. If you don’t find it appealing, readers won’t either. If you don’t have any of your own you may ask a friend or use Google to search for images which are ‘free to use or share even commercially’. For more help on this see our other FAQs.
Follow the prompts when it comes to uploading the images. Best advice: upload one at a time, especially if you have sourced the images from an iPhone. Upload the images in the order you want them to display in your review. It makes the whole process quick and easy for yourself.
NOTE: If you write your review prior to uploading images, make sure you click update or you will lose your text.

Text....

[IMAGE 1 insert a good caption here, get creative]

Text...

[IMAGE2 text]

It is best if you can endeavour to insert an image at the end of every paragraph, if not every second paragraph to break up the text and keep the review flowing for our readers otherwise they might lose interest.

After all a picture is worth a thousand words.

Importantly, Sydney Arts Archive owns the copyright to these images.


How do I add a link?

You can provide links throughout your article to provide more information about the event OR to the specific sites of the gallery / museum / exhibition / artist / event venue etc.
If you want to link to another site, you need to use a [LINK] shortcut.

The proper format is [LINK www.domainname/relevantpage These words show up in article as a highlighted link]

e.g. [LINK http://sydneyartsarchive.hubgarden.com/ Sydney Arts Archive Homepage] will link you to our homepage


How do I insert a Youtube clip?

The format is similar to a link: [YOUTUBE XXXXXXXXXX]

Replace XXXXXXXXXX with the video ID, usually something like 62cQ1oTELgg. You can get this ID from the URL when viewing the video on YouTube, or from the embed link.

This also works for Vimeo - i.e. [VIMEO XXXXXXXX]


How do I add a map?

Maps are useful tools for upcoming events that you'd like to promote.

To allocate a map to your article use the !Map command followed by an address, all on one line.

For instance:

!Map 96 Gipps Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales, Australia

Update your article and the map should appear underneath the article display.

If the map is incorrect update again a couple of times (sometimes it takes a few tries for Google to figure it out).

If that fails try changing the address slightly, making sure that it includes the state and country as formatted above.

If a regular address just won't work you can use Latitude and Longitude in the format:

!Map Latitude, Longitude

Don't forget the comma.

To get the Lat and Long for a particular place on a map you can use the old Google maps. Hopefully the new version will be updated to include this feature soon.

Google maps is here:

maps.google.com or .au for the Oz version).

At the bottom right click on the question mark and then "Return to classic Google maps".

Navigate to the spot you want and then right-click on it. A menu will pop up. Choose "What's here". Then the Lat and Long will appear in the search box at the top of the page.

Cut and paste into your article and you're good to go.

For the moment only one map can be included in each article.


What if I want to review a particular venue or show, yet a review on that same venue or show has already been published on Sydney Arts Archive?

Generally, more than one review cannot be written on a venue or show as it harms search engine traffic to Sydney Arts Archive.

However, if an establishment has more than one exhibition at a time these can each be reviewed. Alternatively, the title and feel of the article needs to be unique e.g. ‘Venue for Selfies: The Sydney Opera House’ rather than just ‘The Sydney Opera House’.

If an establishment has closed due to renovations, new management or expansion, it can also be reviewed again.


I have written an arts review on another site, can I still submit to Sydney Arts Archive?

Yes and No.

If you have written a review for another review site, then please do not re-submit this review to Sydney Arts Archive in its entirety. Why? It harms search engine traffic.

Please re-write your review and only use images you have NOT used for any other review sites.

The reviews you write for Sydney Arts Archive cannot be re-published on your personal blogs or elsewhere verbatim. They may certainly be linked to on other sites, this encourages traffic and is good news for writers. Again, this is to preserve search engine traffic and ensure Sydney Arts Archive continues to be a highly credible arts review site.


What are Paid Links?

Please refer to the general HubGarden FAQ on this one. Further information is available at hubgarden.com


How will my article be promoted?

Sydney Arts Archive is currently working on establishing pages on social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) where all new articles will be featured to help promote the site and bring in new readers.

As a member of the HubGarden community you can also share your articles via your own social media pages which will not only help promote the hub as a whole, but will also help build a greater readership, and thus more money for you.


I have logged into my account, and my articles have only made me 2 cents each, what's going on?

After submitting an article for publication, many new writers are perplexed when they visit their account page the next day to see that they've only earned a few cents.

Because each article is paid in proportion to the number of people who have read it, it can take a while for earnings to accumulate. Patience and persistence is the key.

Work on building up a library of articles that will keep attracting readers for months or years, and your readers and earnings will start to build up quicker. Writing for the web is the future and thanks to the growing arts scene in Sydney we will be able to showcase and archive this important time.


Does Sydney Arts Archive have a style guide?

Sydney Arts Archive has a loose style guide. The key points are listed below.

Length
Aim for about 500 words and provide several original images to accompany your reviews.

Point of View
While we accept reviews written in both first and third person, third person point of view is preferred as it appears more professional.

Spelling, Language and Grammar
1.Please use UK English. Colour, not color; and apologise, not apologize are some examples. Also, where appropriate please include accents e.g. for names of artists.

2.As this is a professional site with a broad readership please avoid using swear words. However personality is more than welcome, and actually encouraged as it adds a little life and interest to a review.

3.Short sharp sentences work best in reviews. The use of contractions is encouraged and always try to think of the shortest and most efficient way to say something as it often reads best, especially in reviews which tend to attract a casual reader after light information.

4.Feature articles are exactly that, works where you can describe in depth what you have felt about a particular subject. Try to use more analytical terminology rather than descriptive language.

Images
Please include several original images. Where possible take photos of not just the artworks / show but the building and facilities.

Links
Where possible please include a link (using the 'LINK' tag) to the museum / gallery / artists own website or social media pages.

To use the LINK tag simply type LINK in square brackets. Within these brackets type the link to the site then, leaving a space type the actual words (name) which will be displayed. For example, to link to the Sydney Arts Archive home page...

[LINKhttp://sydneyartsarchive.hubgarden.com Sydney Arts Archive.]


I still have a question/s that are unanswered, what should I do?

Sometimes we will have more questions than answers, and maybe reading one or more of the FAQ's might encourage this. This is great. You have questions, therefore you're interested in Sydney Arts Archive.

Feel free to leave a question on the forum, and one of our friendly editors (we don't bite) will answer. Otherwise if the question is article specific, please leave a comment for the relevant editor on the relevant article. It will be worthwhile (if you haven't already) to check out the general HubGarden FAQ at HubGarden.com. Good luck.


What do I do once I am finished writing and uploading my images?

Click on "notify editor/submit article." The background will change from blue to green in your accounts page for that article.

It takes our editors up to 3 working days to edit and publish your articles on Sydney Arts Archive. You will be notified once your article has been published.

Once the article goes live, you can then promote the link to your networks which will earn you more money and readership. Happy writing.
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Referencing, Sourcing and Crediting

Referencing, Sourcing and Crediting

Please make sure all your information and image sources are properly credited.

These should be placed:
- As an in-text hyperlink
- In the caption (for images and videos)


How do I add a link?

You can provide links throughout your article to provide more information about the event OR to the specific sites of the gallery / museum / exhibition / artist / event venue etc.
If you want to link to another site, you need to use a [LINK] shortcut.

The proper format is [LINK www.domainname/relevantpage These words show up in article as a highlighted link]


How do I acknowledge the artworks I am mentioning?

There are many ways to acknowledge artworks, but the most recognised form for paintings and sculpture is:

Artist's full name, Title (underline or italicise but keep it consistent), Year date. Measurements (height by width), Location/Collection
e.g. Frank Kupka, The First Step, c.1901-10. Oil on canvas, 81 x 127. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

You could introduce a list of illustations by saying: 'All works are executed in oil on canvas unless otherwise stated. All measurements are in centimeters.' It is often helpful to indicate the source of your illustration, particularly if this is obscure.The form for buildings is:

Architect, Name of building (not underlined), Location Date
e.g. Thomas Rowe, Kelly's store (formerly Mechanics' Institute), Yass, 1869
http://sydney.edu.au/arts/art_history_film/student_resources/bibliography.shtml

To reference films, DVDs, and television and radio programs:

Title (underline or Italicise but keep it consistent), Format, Publisher, Place of recording, Year date.
5 Strictly Ballroom, DVD, 20th Century Fox, Australia, 1992.
6 The Nest, television program, SBS Television, Sydney, 15 January 2010.

https://student.unsw.edu.au/citing-different-sources-0


How do I acknowledge my sources?

Any writer wishing to write a feature article with the use of references must use (preferably) the Footnote / Bibliography 'Oxford' Referencing System OR the In Text Harvard Referencing System.

Useful guides are listed below:
http://sydney.edu.au/arts/art_history_film/student_resources/essay.shtml

https://student.unsw.edu.au/footnote-bibliography-or-oxford-referencing-system

https://student.unsw.edu.au/harvard-referencing


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