Welcome to the Guide Hub! This page contains a number of helpful articles on various topics relating to writing SCPs. If you're looking for answers or advice, you should be able to find either of them below. If you have an idea for a Guide that you'd like to see added to this page, contact a member of Senior Staff and show them a draft.


Authoritative guides to writing and participating in the community.


  • Site Rules: You will be expected to know and understand the rules of the wiki. Being ignorant of a rule does not excuse you if you break it. Read these before reading anything else.
  • Guide for Newbies: A guide that covers site applications, general site behavior, tips for being a good member, tips on writing, and a list of senior staff. Required reading for all site members.

Top Reading

  • Meet The Staff: The list of senior staff members who are currently active on the site, in case you need to contact someone.
  • Contact Staff: Guide to the different staff teams so you know who to contact over a specific concern.
  • Chat Guide: The guide to the Foundation's IRC chatrooms. Covers registering, connecting, bannable offenses, chat OPs, discussion suggestions, and secondary chatrooms.
  • Criticism Policy: Covers the SCP Wiki's policy on giving and receiving critique.
  • FAQ: Frequently asked questions. Covers information about the SCP universe, how the site works, and appropriate behavior.
  • Licensing Guide: Useful information to know; certainly important for more prolific members. This is a necessary and useful guide for those wishing to make derivatives—be they games, posters, and merchandise—based of the SCP Foundation. It explains the uses and necessities of Creative Commons as it applies to this site.
  • Image Use Policy: Take a look here if you're planning on using images in your SCPs or tales.
  • Usertools: A comprehensive list of several tools for users to alter and hopefully improve your site experience. From aesthetic improvements to utility functions, these tools are worth looking through.

Guides to Writing

  • How to Contribute: A general guide to the kinds of fiction on the SCP Wiki and how to contribute to them.
  • How to Write an SCP: Exactly what it says on the tin. Covers thought development, containment, tone & censorship, humanoids, formatting, and templates. Read this before writing an article.
  • Tag Guide: The tag guide is the layman's guide to tags. If you're interested in the subject, be sure to view the staff guide too.
  • Deletions Guide: An explanation of policy that covers everything you need to know about how, when, and the processes by which pages are deleted from the site. Read this before posting an article.
  • Technical Words: Various science-y and engineering-y words and what they mean. Useful for making your writing sound more scientific and professional.
  • Rewrite Guide: A guide detailing the standard procedure for rewriting struggling articles.
  • Expert Witnesses: Which users to go to for certain information, and what their credentials are. If you're writing an article that could benefit from specialty knowledge, consider going here.
  • About the SCP Foundation: An in-universe explanation of what the SCP Foundation is at the most basic level.
  • Zen And The Art Of DATA EXPUNGED: A very useful guide to redaction, expungement, and censorship.
  • Doing the Safety Dance: A guide to making reasonable, interesting containment procedures.
  • Crosslinks Guide: A guide that explains which kinds of crosslinks (linking to other pages) improve articles, and which kinds of crosslinks to generally avoid.

In-Universe Content

  • Object Classes: A guide on the various object classes used in SCP articles.
  • Mobile Task Forces: A guide on Mobile Task Forces, and a list of the most commonly used. For a full list of MTFs, see the Supplemental Information section in the Essay Hub.
  • Personnel and Character Dossier: A guide to the more frequently used characters in the SCP universe.
  • Secure Facilities Locations: A guide to the more frequently appearing locations in the SCP universe.
  • Groups Of Interest: A guide on the various other anomalous organizations that aid, rival, or oppose the Foundation.
  • Security Clearance Levels: A guide on how security clearance works in the Foundation.
  • Heritage Collection: A list of iconic SCP articles from early in the SCP Series' lifetime. While not necessarily being of high quality, these articles can provide a good introduction to the SCP universe and are well-known enough that knowledge of them is something every reader is assumed to have.