Draft Submissions Guide
HealthToolbox is a non-profit portal dedicated to providing free and accessible materials to journalists around the world. We take pride in responding to every author in a reasonable time frame, regardless of our decision.
Before you go forward to the Blog Writing guide below, please note:
• We do not mind what variant of English or French you write in, but your grammar must be at a publishable standard upon receipt.
• We do not have the editorial resources to translate submissions from other languages into English or French.
• We do not charge our authors any fees. Nor do we pay authors a fee / royalty for anything that we publish.
• Submission initiates the expenditure of our time on your behalf – and thereby gives your consent for possible publication.
• All submissions are published under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ Copyright remains with the author(s).
• Our Publishing Agreement, which covers everything published by us online & in print, is available here (see Publishing agreement below).
• If you have your work published on HealthToolbox, our author resources section below may be of use.
Blog Writing Guide
HealthToolbox welcomes guest contributions from journalists to our blogs. If you wish to contribute, please read over the description below and read over past posts to gauge its remit. Blogs posts are informed but informal, written to be read and digested quickly, drawing on scholarly or professional expertise.
NB: We do not seek amateur commentary from laypersons or students and we will decline all such submissions.
• Word count must be under 1000 words. Ideally, 400-800 words.
• Posts should utilise hyperlinks and should not have any academic referencing or bibliographies.
• Provide a short bio at the top of your post. It must include academic/professional credentials.
• Do not indent the first sentences of paragraphs. Leave one clear line of space between each paragraph.
• If you feel the need to suggest sub-headings, set them in bold type.
• Place all quotations in standard quotation marks and indent longer quotes. Do not italicise quotations.
• Images (if used) must be integral to the content and be your own or Creative Commons supplied with attribution details.
When ready, submit your blog post as a .docx attachment in an email to email@example.com. Your email should be titled ‘Submission to HealthToolbox’. Place a bio detailing your expertise at the top of the script.
Upon receipt the editor team will review your script before a decision is made to decline, accept or request revisions. Regardless of our decision, you should have a reply from us within a few working days.
If you would like to host your own blog on HealthToolbox please get in touch, tell us who you are, and provide a brief pitch. If we like what we see, we will get back to you. However, due to the volume of requests we receive we cannot reply to every email of this nature.
Thank you for making your work available for publication on HealthToolbox.
The Creative Commons Publishing Agreement between you and us can be found here.
Please share your publication’s link around your social media channels – you can use the share buttons to do so.
If there are any problems with the published content please contact the editor who notified you of publication and identify what you would like amended. If you have lost these details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to write for us again, please reach us through the relevant link on the Writing Guide or (if applicable) contact the Commissioning Editor with whom you liaised.
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