Articles can be used to provide detailed analysis on topics or to give information on updates or changes to a project or method.
An audit of articles published on the ONS website identified two categories of articles: analysis articles and information articles. Within these, the audit identified seven types of articles:
- in-depth: an in-depth look at a topic using new, previously published or experimental data
- cross-cutting: broader analysis formed from linking separate data and topics
- review: retrospective examination of previously published data from a different angle
- commentary: latest commentary on trends found in thematically linked bulletins
- digital content article: short articles on a timely topic that are collaboratively written with the Digital Content team and focus on visual representation of data
- method changes: explanation of recent or upcoming changes in methodology and how they affect data or findings
- progress report: description of or an update on a project, programme or roadmap
Articles are usually published on a one-off or irregular basis, although some articles are published on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Our Digital Content team works with business areas across the ONS to create articles specifically for inquiring citizens. These tend to follow a different format to the articles covered in this guidance. To find out how to commission a Digital Content piece, contact DigitalContent@ons.gov.uk.