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, and Medium. You also have the opportunity to be featured in our 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. We do not help authors choose their topics.
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, the prevalence of hyperlinks to credible sources (e.g., peer-reviewed papers or reputable news sites, organizations, etc.), internal links, 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.
- We are no longer accepting articles that have already been published on other sites. You may republish your content once it has been published on TDWI but you must wait 72 hours after it appears on our site and you must use our canonical URL to indicate that TDWI is the primary source for the article. Notify us before you republish.
- Typical articles run around 1,000-2,000 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 for our sponsored content option. Click here to learn more about sponsorship options.
3. Send your content via the “Submission Application” button below.
4. If you are with a PR company representing a healthcare professional and wish to have us consider a story, interview or book review related to your client’s area of expertise, please send us a specific pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Freelancers: Please do not send us generic pitches (e.g., I would love to write for you. What topic do you want me to write about? I can write about anything, tell me what to do.) Due to the overwhelming number of generic pitches we receive, we are unable to respond to these on an individual basis. If you want to write for us, please send us either an original post that meets the guidelines we have outlined above. We will review it within 2-4 weeks and let you know if we have accepted it for publication.
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.
We encourage you to submit a featured image to accompany your post. This will appear at the top of the story and serves to encourage people to read your story.
- You must own the rights to the image or otherwise have explicit permission to use it. Please include information about where you purchased it or provide the details of what free site you obtained it from (e.g., Pixabay, Pexels, Upsplash, Flicker, Wikipedia, etc.) in the appropriate place on the submission form.
- Featured image sizes should be between 800 x 500 and 2000 x 1333 px. The format should be JPG or PNG.
- We reserve the right to use a different featured image if we feel it will better support the story.
If you want to include images, infographics, or graphs into your content, be sure that they meet the following requirements before submitting them.
- Size: Images should be between 500 x 350 and 800×500 px.
- Format: Image should be either JPG 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.
- Make sure all of the images included in your submission application are captioned with where you got the image and the type of license from which it was obtained, e.g., Creative Commons, Rights Managed, Royalty Free, Public Domain, etc.).
- We reserve the right to not include your submitted images in the story.
We promote all of our stories via our various social media channels and encourage you to do the same. Please tag us (@docweighsin) so that we can amplify the message.
We post many of our stories on our Medium.com partner pages that earn us a small amount of revenue depending on engagement with the story. We are unable to share this revenue with you for two reasons:
- We are not set up to handle this
- The amount of money is quite small ($3-10/post)
If you do not want us to share your story on our Medium partner page, please notify us via the checkbox on the submission form.
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.