About us

Bylines Scotland is a national not-for-profit online newspaper that supports citizen journalism. Our aim is to publish well-written, fact-based articles and opinion pieces on subjects that are of interest to people in Scotland and beyond. In doing so, we seek to demonstrate democracy in action by giving a voice to local people and holding our elected representatives to account.

This is made possible by our independence – both from government control and from the influence of corporate interests. Our political stance is progressive and internationalist. Our objective is to be part of the debate at a national level.

Bylines Scotland is a trading brand of Bylines Network Limited, which is a partner organisation to Byline Times. Although both organisations fully support each other and collaborate where possible, it’s important to note that the companies are separate entities – financially, legally and editorially. The Bylines Network is funded entirely from reader donations, subscriptions to the Bylines Gazette and a very small amount of advertising income on some of our sites. If you would also like to support Byline Times, please visit their website.

Our editorial board includes people from all parts of Scotland. Contributors to the publication may have party political affiliations or be members of campaign groups, but Bylines Scotland itself is not aligned to any organisation in this way. As a citizen journalism publication we reflect the views of our writers; when it comes to the debate around Scottish independence and IndyRef 2, we respect the fact that these views will vary considerably.

We encourage our authors, all of whom are volunteers, to write about the things that energise them. New writers are welcome and we invite contributions from those with specific areas of expertise. We also welcome contributions from those with differing views and perspectives in order to encourage debate.

Our author profiles can be viewed by clicking on the name of the author in each article. This will also take you to a list of their other pieces so you can explore further.

Our content is always relevant to Scotland, whether from a national, or international perspective. We cover special interest stories from about Scotland to retain a strong local connection, but we include content of potential interest to readers from further afield to widen our audience.

Opinion pieces that seek to influence our readers towards a progressive and internationalist perspective are balanced by a range of other news, lifestyle and interest articles. We aim to ensure all articles are of a high standard and contributions are subject to review by our editorial team.

Extra vigilance will be needed to hold this government to account. We intend to take up that task for Scotland. Bylines Scotland will be steadfast in reminding our representatives of what they said and what they were elected to do.

Submission guidelines

If you would like to write an article for Bylines Scotland, please refer to these guidelines before you start writing.

RSS feed

Our RSS feed is at https://bylines.scot/feed

The Bylines Network’s Zero Tolerance Policy

It is the policy of Bylines Network that discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. We are committed to ensuring all contributors are safe and free from harassment and discrimination and do not act in a discriminatory way towards others. 

Bigotry of any kind is against our core values and it undermines performance, success and productivity of the organisation.

All contributors will be held accountable for maintaining an environment free from discrimination of this nature. We do not accept or condone discriminatory comments about or towards people within Bylines articles or social media posts based on their age, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, sex, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, or disability.

Any incident in breach of these standards should be reported to: [email protected].

Making a complaint

Bylines Scotland is published by Bylines Networks Limited and is regulated by IMPRESS. Our complaints process can be accessed by clicking on the button below:





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