Writing Guidelines

Article Submission & Writing Guidelines

Please use the following guidelines for submission of articles and other material, as well as a few friendly pointers on writing for the web.

Submission guidelines

Articles should be at least 700 words and can address a wide range of subjects in the medical and healthcare fields. Topics can include medications, clinical/medical information, healthcare-related business and career information, your personal healthcare experience, your opinion on health-related issues, how you solved a problem, and commentary on healthcare news. You can convert class papers or projects, posters, and podium presentations to articles and publish them for increased visibility. 

Remember, if you share your knowledge, your audience will be large and growing. Articles should not be overtly promotional. Rather, they should provide interesting or helpful information. 

Please follow these steps to submit articles after your profile has been approved (Sign in to submit articles):

  • Review some of the articles on the site.

  • Find a topic that has not been covered. You can email us if you are uncertain about your topic.

  • Write your article using MS Word or other text program. 

  • Select the “publish articles” button on the article listing page inside the large banner image of a tablet (button will only work after your profile is approved and you are signed in).

  • Cut and paste your article into the text editor from or Word or other text file. Please do not copy and paste directly from a website or blog writing program. (Note that your article is not saved until you submit it for review.) 

  • Attach a  royalty free image using the thumbnail upload feature.
  • You may include a brief bio (about 2 sentences) of yourself or company at the end of your article with a link to your website. (The article is attributed to you and your name is hyperlinked to your profile.)

  • Select a category: Medication and Healthcare or Business and Career.

  • Select the closest matching subcategory or use the default.

  • Add a title.

  • Write a short description of your article (Description box).

  • Select submit for approval.

Writing Guidelines

Writing for the web is different from writing for other media. Please follow these guidelines to ensure your article finds its broadest audience:

1. Be clear, concise and direct. Web visitors are busy people. They are browsing, not exploring a journal or settling down with a good book. If web visitors don’t quickly see relevant content, they will move on. 

2. Use headlines, bulleted lists, pull-quotes and graphics — but don’t make the pages so busy that the eye has nowhere to land.

3. Always remember who your readers are. What kind of people are they? What are their interests and concerns? Then use a tone and language that suits them. 

4. Use the active voice. For example, “The pitcher threw the ball” instead of “The ball was thrown by the pitcher.” Active voice gives your writing immediacy and power.

5. Use the same words and phrases your readers use. This will boost your SEO (search engine optimization) rankings.

6. Keywords will also increase your article’s SEO. Keywords are words or phrases that describe the content of a web article (or other web material) and are recognized by search engines.

7. Include valuable links. If useful content exists elsewhere — on or off your website — link to it. Your readers will appreciate it and Google just might too.




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