Do you want your content to reach a global audience of thought leaders and knowledge seekers in healthcare?
What We Are Looking For
We are constantly looking for outstanding writers—whether long-time healthcare journalists or newbie writers. If you can parlay your passion for healthcare and combine it with a talent for translating evidence-based medicine into readable stories that engage readers, we might consider your story for publication on our site. You must, however, meet all of our contributor guidelines as outlined below.
Our audience is a mix of healthcare professionals, early adopters, innovators, knowledge seekers, and individuals interested in learning more about health or healthcare. Our team is a digitally-orientated group of writers, editors, curators, and social media mavens all focused on making science, medicine, and healthcare accessible to all who want to learn more about these important topics. We handpick our content from the best writers, the most compelling topics, and credible sources that meet our high standards of publishing.
Why Publish on The Doctor Weighs In?
We offer writers the chance to amplify their reach via our global audience and social media amplification. Because we are sticklers for stories supported by credible medical evidence, you will expand your ability to evaluate and report on medical research and health policy. If your story passes our first review, we will work with you to strengthen it so that it meets our standards for publication.
Publication on TDWI can enhance your reputation as a writer and broaden the reach of your stories via our social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. You also have the opportunity to be featured in our weekly or daily newsletters that reach many thousands of our readers. If we choose to make an accompanying video of your story, you will also be featured on our YouTube channel as well as Facebook page. Many of our stories become “evergreen” and continue to attract readers many years after they are initially published.
Topics of Interest
We publish on a wide variety of topics, ranging from lifestyle stories to stories about innovations in medicine and technology as well as health policy and neuropsychology. Stories can reflect the latest and greatest or they can be in-depth reviews of topics that are perennially important. We suggest you spend some time on our site to see what we are currently writing about and what has been popular in the past. If in doubt, reach out to us at email@example.com with a list of suggested topics and we will let you know if the topic(s) interests us.
Please read the following guidelines before submitting your content:
1. Read our most recent and popular articles
- Check out what topics our current readers are interested in.
- Note our editorial style including format, prevalence of hyperlinks to credible sources (e.g., peer-reviewed papers or reputable news sites, organizations, etc.), and high-quality photos and graphics.
2. Keep in mind the importance of high-quality content
- Articles must be written in a professional, native English proficiency that caters to our audience of healthcare professionals, early adopters, and knowledge seekers.
- Content must be your own and 100% original. Plagiarized content will be rejected—yes, we do check!
- We are no longer accepting articles that have already been published on other sites. You may republish content that has been published on TDWI first but only if our canonical URL is used to indicate that TDWI is the primary source for the article. Notify us before you republish.
- Typical articles run around 1,000-1,500 words, but we will consider longer articles if necessary to fully explore a topic. Video content is accepted, but all content must be your original work or available under Creative Commons licensure.
- We absolutely will not accept content based on pseudo-science or biased and unfounded health or medical claims that do not reflect the use of reputable and reliable sources (e.g. “Drop 20 pounds in 10 days with new miracle weight loss supplement.”)
- No hateful, bigoted, or mean-spirited posts.
- No use of content that infringes third party trademarked, copyrighted, or patented material without permission.
- No sales-focused soliciting or product promotional content. If you have an article that is promotional in nature but meets our quality standards, it may be eligible to be sponsored. Click here to learn more about sponsorship options.
3. Send your content through the “Submission Application” button below or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for An Amazing Article
Precision: Be precise and concise in the information provided in the article. Do not use filler to try to make an article with thin content appear longer.
Takeaways: Ensure that readers leave the article with a definite takeaway once they have finished reading your article.
Format: Break the content into easy-to-digest, short paragraphs with subheadings. Use bullets or numbering to indicate specific points.
Creativity: This is what differentiates your article from others. Try to offer the reader a fresh perspective even if you are writing about a topic that is all over the media. Think like a reader and create titles and content that is interesting and enticing. Do not, however, attempt click-bait or other deceptive practices that trick the reader—this will lead to rejection of your article.
Be intriguing: The key to keeping a reader continuously engaged is to be as intriguing as possible. Introduce your personality into the content and make it fun and educational at the same time.
Details: The content should offer high-quality, educational information that our readers can learn from. Our audience tends is pretty sophisticated so do not shy away from diving into scientific details or complex concepts – just be sure that your explanation is readable, engaging, and accurate.
References or links: All factual statements should be supported by links to credible sources (e.g., a link to a peer-reviewed article) or endnotes. If using endnotes, we prefer this style. Use a suprascript to cite the content.
If you want to include images, infographics, or graphs into your content, be sure that they meet the following requirements before submitting them.
- Size: Minimum image size is 800x500px or larger. The bigger, the better.
- Format: Image should be either JPG, GIF, or PNG.
- Original: Images must be your own or original and not images you have downloaded without permission. If you want to use an image you downloaded from the Internet, you must attain the rights to use the images and provide the needed proof or approval issued to use the said images.
- Personal images: These are encouraged only if the content gives descriptions, specific exercise routines, or techniques not known to others. Personal images must be of high quality in order to be included in your story.
- Attachment: If sending images to email@example.com, they should be included as individual attachments with a note of the type of image license (e.g., Creative Commons, Rights Managed, Royalty Free, Public Domain, etc.). Otherwise, make sure the images included in your submission application is captioned with where you got the image and the type of license from which it was obtained.
How long does it take to review a writer’s submission?
The review process can take up to 2 weeks. If we approve your submission, it will be published within the month. You will be issued a notification indicating that the article has been accepted and when it is ready for publishing via email. This ensures that you will be one of the first people to see it.
When will the submitted copy be published on The Doctor Weighs In?
As indicated above, you will be issued a notification in regards to the article’s progress. You will receive the link once it is published.
Do you limit the amount of content or articles I submit at any given moment?
There is no limitation as to how much content you can contribute. In fact, the more the content the better, especially if it is high-quality and relevant to us. Furthermore, it ensures that you gain exposure once more articles are published in a similar way. If we have already published at least five of your articles, you may be eligible to become a regular contributor. Our regular contributors set up a schedule of submissions with us (e.g., monthly, quarterly) and we work with you to get these published on a regular basis.
Your bio is an opportunity to tell the readers what makes you a great writing professional and learn a little more about your background and interests. Here are some details that must be included in the biography.
- Summary – It should be around 150-200 words describing your background and any relevant affiliations. Be sure to include something personal (e.g., hobbies, travel) so readers feel they know more about you. You can also include relevant links, including links to your website.
- Headshot – Every biography requires a high-quality face shot that is at least 200 x 200 px. This photo will become your profile picture and will appear together with your bio below any of your published articles. It must be included in your submission form.
- Social links – Please provide links to all of the social media platforms that you participate in so that our readers can interact with you or follow you.
- Contact email – We use this email to notify you when comments have been made on your article(s). We encourage you to respond to comments and to create a lively conversation around your content.
Note to Contributors
More importantly, because of the high influx of submissions we receive, we cannot guarantee a response to every one. We’d like to assure you that we do our best to reply and cater to the needs of all our potential contributors.