Sources and Citation

19 Jun 2023

You need to add as many credible sources as possible so readers can trust your words and verify them if they are skeptical. When an editor notices you have quotes in your story and statistics to which you haven’t given us your source, we will reject and ask you to add sources.


For example, writing “60% of writers are already using AI,” needs a source so we know where you got your data from and can verify it is true.

Big Statements

Big claims without stats also need citation.

For example, writing “SBF was caught fleeing to Dubai,” needs a source.


If you’re quoting someone, you need to give the reader a source of where you got that quote.

For example: Zuckerberg stated “Privacy and safety need to be built into the Metaverse from day one.”

Ideally, your sources will come from major news outlets/journalists, research firms, and companies that are reputable.

Editing Protocol Index:

  1. Editing Protocol Overview

    1. Second Human Rule

      1. Verified Writers
    2. Time to Review

  2. Standards of Quality

    1. Originality Score
    2. 6 Ws Score
    3. Objectivity in ranked listicles
    4. Unranked listicles
    5. Actionable advice
  3. Red Flags

    1. Subject Matter

      1. Subject matter saturation
    2. Plagiarism

    3. Sources and Citations

    4. Formatting is bad or broken

    5. Grammar level: gibberish

    6. Story is Too Short

  4. Backlink Rules & Guidelines

    1. Backlink Limits

    2. Backlink quality and diversity

      1. Diversity of sources
      2. Internal linking
      3. Changing links
    3. Reposting and Canonical Linking

      1. Canonical links to company domain
      2. Canonical links to blog networks or social networks