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Editorial Policy Standard
ArchitectureLab prides itself on its content, thanks to our writers’ dedication, passion, and commitment. They create engaging content that is factually correct and free from ethical conundrums, so consumers can trust the accuracy of what we publish. But when you find an article that fails to satisfy your requirements, send us an email, and we will have a look.
We Believe In Integrity
If there’s one thing you can never accuse us of – it’s being disloyal. We are 100% focused on delivering quality content and keep updating our editorial practices to meet modern standards. Our team consists of:
- Medical professionals
- Financial experts
Thanks to our diverse team, we are efficient at reviewing and checking all content before publishing them. It reduces the chances of errors and guarantees that what we publish is up-to-date, caters to our readers’ interests, and is accurate.
For greater transparency, we provide the name of the content writer as a byline, followed by a short description and links to more information. This is ideal for people who want detailed insight about a topic, and you can check the date to determine when we last updated the content.
Analytical articles will also have a tagline at the end for more information regarding authorship or research. But all original content, including graphics, illustrations, videos, and images, is created by our in-house teams only after collaborating with experts. It ensures our articles address the voices and diverse opinions in every field to give consumers value for their time.
Getting to the top is one thing but staying on top is a different ball game; that’s why we have a strict review policy. Our board members, including the editors, anti-bias team, financial board members, medical team, and other review teams, check the content regularly.
This allows us to uphold the values of quality, integrity, and accuracy while writing or editing videos and photos so as not to mislead the audience. Besides correcting factual errors, ArchitectureLab encourages readers to point out mistakes for smooth resolution.
Moreover, all team members must disclose any conflict of interest before working on articles for complete transparency. And the best part is that advertisers hold no sway over the editors, who work independently of outside interference.
We guarantee this by strictly separating the editing and advertising content to reduce issues down the road.
The relevance of any article for the readers boils down to the facts, and we spend a major part of our resources on fact-checking. We only hire experienced fact-checkers to review the content thoroughly, which makes them ideal candidates for subject matter experts and journalists.
From statistical data to the names of places or objects, our professional team researches all the information and verifies whether the content in the articles is accurate. It helps customers trust our comprehensive and updated articles, so we add a “fact check” badge to all articles that have been verified.
Even the name of the fact checker and author are mentioned at the top of the page. But if you find any issues regarding the content, don’t hesitate to let us know on our official email id.
We believe that the mark of a top company lies in rectifying its mistakes, and our editorial team is quite prompt in correcting all factual errors. In fact, as part of our transparent policies, all the errors and changes are highlighted, along with the date and time.
But remember, this is only for factual mistakes – articles that are difficult to understand but factually correct will be updated without any editor’s note. Also, when news articles are written, some cover specific topics that are relevant only for a particular duration and hence aren’t updated.
Instead, we update our rich library of resources that are republished time and again to meet your needs. The review board is responsible for this and provides a date stamp after checking all the facts.
Journalists never reveal their sources, but we can. However, sourcing isn’t as simple as writing from a particular review or blog because we need to verify the facts and information of the primary source.
We source information from reputable organizations, both private and government while conducting interviews with experts and academic institutions. Every data, claim, or fact is backed up by a reputable link so that you can verify it yourself.
And unlike other organizations, we don’t believe in anonymous sourcing since it harms our relationship with consumers and affects trust. We rarely have to include information from unnamed sources, but we highlight the reason and context in such instances for clarity.
What makes us stand out is that our reporting covers people in all spheres of society, such as LGBTQ+, BIPOC, women in various fields, etc. We are unbiased and strive to provide a platform for neglected individuals to share their stories.
There are certain things we don’t compromise on, especially the fact that every person deserves equal representation, respect, and opportunities. This is where our Anti-Bias review board comes into the picture, as ArchitectureLab takes pride in helping people realize their worth.
The board consists of journalists, educators, finance professionals, public health specialists, researchers, advocates, etc. We hire people who share our goal of promoting diversity and inclusion while acting against issues like racial injustice.
Once hired to the Anti-Bias Review Board, each member is responsible for scrutinizing images, videos, themes, language, and the overall tone of an article, using their research and experience.
If they find anything not in line with our policies, it’s immediately brought to the attention of the concerned authorities for a quick resolution. The board even works closely with brands to help them create inclusive content for all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, religions, ethnicities, abilities, ages, and socio-economic standing.
You can never accuse us of being partial since the very foundation of ArchitectureLab is based on honest, insightful, and unbiased journalism. Every team and board member is accountable for their actions and must not give in to the whims and fancies of advertisers.
All “Sponsored Content” is clearly labeled to show that it has been curated according to an advertiser or sponsor’s wishes. We guarantee that all our product reviews and services will help people solve their problems since they contain only useful information.
For product reviews, the writers, editors, and fact checkers conduct thorough research and even test the products to write detailed information. You will also find affiliate links in articles, so let us explain how they work.
Clicking on the affiliate link ensures we get a commission every time a consumer purchases a product. However, we don’t receive any incentive for recommendations or the content in general.
All writers and editors have been forewarned not to provide preferential treatment to outside resources based on their relationship with a company or individual. And no editor or writer receives gifts or compensation for their jobs.
Whenever the content team receives complimentary services or products as part of their work, we disclose all information for transparency and customer satisfaction.
It’s human nature to follow the beaten track and do what everyone else is. But we at ArchitectureLab devote considerable time and energy to unbiased and original content for audience engagement. It ensures readers get useful information related to their queries but, more importantly, it helps us steer clear of copyright infringement.
That’s why all the information is properly verified and attributed wherever necessary to prevent violating intellectual property rights. No articles are allowed to pass if plagiarized – these are strict grounds for dismissal, and the editing team makes sure to double-check all such instances.
All written content is in line with the prevalent journalistic laws, practices, and standards, such as –
- Fair Use
- Copyright Law of the United States
- Society of Professional Journalists Ethics Code
- FTC Guidelines on Disclosures
Mission and Commercial Guidelines
We at ArchitectureLab are determined to help you in the quest to find the best products for your different needs.
From home decor to patio furniture and the latest appliances, there’s nothing that we leave out. In fact, our team of editors and writers go through thousands of products each year to give you every little piece of relevant and authentic information.
That’s why our website has millions of views annually from people looking for the most reliable buying guides. Additionally, we curate how-to guides for various DIY projects for homeowners.
Why You Can Rely On Us
Our team puts in all the effort and hard work to ensure you choose only the best products for your home or personal use. As such, all product recommendations on our website are completely independent and based on our editorial discretion.
We want to establish a transparent relationship with our readers, which is why we will tell you that brands or PR agencies may sometimes send us products for consideration. However, rest assured that our opinion about them is exclusively based on our experience and research. In short, we test every product equally irrespective of its source and recommend it only if we think it’s worth your money.
Moreover, we never accept any product in return for publishing biased opinions. Not only that, but we also inform our readers when we receive any complementary product.
Diversity is of utmost importance to us, which is why we always try to include brands owned by people of color and different minority groups as and when possible. Likewise, we aim to focus on diversity when hiring staff members as well as contributors to bring on board different perspectives. Ultimately, this helps us cater to the needs of a large reader base.
How We Function
As you’ve already figured out, we test different products and provide our honest opinion to help you make a well-informed purchase decision. From appliances to bedding and outdoor accessories, you can trust us to guide you to the top picks from different product categories.
Aside from testing the products (in the office or at home), our team of expert writers and editors contact different experts. This helps them understand the crucial factors to consider while shopping for the said products. And if we come across any jargon, we make it a point to explain it for easy comprehensibility by our readers.
We also understand that different people have different preferences- both in terms of features and budgets. For instance, some of our readers may like softer bed sheets, while others may need something crisp. That’s why our recommendations aren’t limited to just one or two products, and we try to ensure that all of them provide optimum value for their price for different users.
Since we spend a lot of time on online shopping sites, we are well aware of new product launches, discounts, sales, and must-haves. And we share all this information with our readers from time to time.
How We Go About Testing Products
Our product lists are pretty diverse, as we don’t want to leave out anything worthy. But this doesn’t mean we pay less attention to the products that appear at the bottom of these lists. Testing all products thoroughly sits on the top of our priority list, and our detailed results will make you feel as if you were trying the products at home!
All products, be it pillows, umbrellas, or light fixtures, are tested in one of our testing labs or at the home of our staff writers and freelancers, as deemed fit. This allows us to test hundreds of products every month. Besides, our writers get the right setting to see if the products deliver on their claims and are worth investing in.
How We Keep Up With The Best Deals On The Market
We know there’s no better feeling than saving money when shopping online. Hence, we constantly search the internet for the best deals offered by the biggest brands and e-commerce websites to alert you in time. Moreover, our team starts working right from the wee hours on Black Fridays, Prime Days, and Cyber Mondays to help you figure out the best buys.
We also keep an eye on the latest trends in online shopping, which helps us know the best products in different categories, along with the top websites to buy them from. Long story short, you can put your faith in us to get all the deets about the most popular products.
How We Ensure Accuracy
The accuracy of facts and figures is of great significance to us. That’s why our expert editorial team takes special care to ensure that we only put out current and accurate information.
Likewise, our review team has dedicated members vetted in different product categories (like gardening, maintenance, home decor, etc.) who uphold the highest standards of accuracy in technical content. We strive to curate content that complies with the relevant standards of safety and accuracy.
Furthermore, we understand how annoying it can be to choose a product from our list, only to find that it’s out of stock. Hence, we have a few staff members who check the availability of our listed products regularly for optimum reader convenience.
Another thing to note here is that our opinion isn’t just based on the product quality but a combination of related factors. These include pre and post-sales assistance, warranty coverage, and the delivery policies of different online merchants to give you the bigger picture.
Not only that, but we also conduct re-tests of our top recommended products (in different categories) to ensure that our information is always relevant and up-to-date. Rest assured that you will have all the necessary details presented most simply before navigating to the purchase button.
Note here that the products we list, review, or recommend may be recalled, or their usage recommendations may change over time. Hence, we strongly recommend checking the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website to be aware of the latest developments regarding your recently bought products.
Aside from that, register the products with their manufacturers to receive notifications anytime a recall is issued.
How We Monetize Our Content
We follow an affiliate marketing model, meaning we earn a small commission on some of our recommended products. However, this is only applicable if you choose to buy the product from the retailer via our website. The retailer websites we link to are some of the most reliable ones out there.
How We Rate The Products
We rate our chosen products using stars, which also gives you a quick overview of the product quality. These start ratings are essentially a single score assigned to the product based on several factors, like:
- Test results
- Personal experience of the testing team members
- Expert opinion
- Reputation of the brand and retailer
- Technical knowledge of our editorial team
However, keep in mind that the products rated 5 stars on our website aren’t flawless or without cons. No matter how many recommendations we make, they won’t be suitable for all our readers due to differences in requirements and preferences. We award 5 stars to products that we think provide the best value for money in the said category with its features and advantages.
Get In Touch With Us
In case of any queries, concerns, feedback, or opinions you’d like to share with our editorial team, feel free to email contact [email protected].
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- A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
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Written notice should be sent to our designated agent at [email protected]