It’s great that you want to write for us! Not only will you hone your writing skills but you also raise your profile and get to write about a topic you are passionate about and share it!
Below are guidelines that will help you in writing your post:
What to write and how to write it.
- Please write about something that matters to you, and on which you have an opinion – when something matters to you it comes across in your blog and this makes for a more engaging piece that others will want to read!
- Don’t be afraid to put your personality into the blog. Write it in an informal or ‘chatty’ manner that reflects your personal opinion or emotion i.e. the nature of a blog is to reflect personal narrative and not be a substitute for traditional academic writing as seen in journal articles. It can still have a serious theme, but should reflect opinion or be a crossover between news and opinion.
- Please bear in mind that the people reading your post may not have a medical or scientific background and may not be immediately familiar with the trial or work you are writing about, so try to avoid using too much jargon/technical words/abbreviations without clearly explaining what they mean.
How long and what to include with the blog
- An ideal post will be 500 words or less, you want to give your reader an easily readable piece that they can read even when they are short on time. If you are writing on a complex topic or feel strongly that you would like to include more text than 500 words (please drop us an email so we can discuss), please also make use of subtitles to break up the text.
- Ideally, please write in UK English.
- Please include one or more good quality photos/images which where possible relate to key points in the text. Please make ensure these are large and ideally high resolution
- Please also include a photo of yourself (either a work team shot, a head shot or an ‘in action’ shot of you e.g. in the lab). If this will be a problem then please do let us know.
- Please ensure any images included comply with the copyright and or that you have the copyright permission to use the images. For the following sites, many images can be used for free (please do check the individual images)
- Please also include your name, job title or status (e.g., PhD student), affiliation (i.e., university, research institute, hospital or company) and a few lines about yourself that we can include at the end of your post.
- Please provide any social media (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc) details or links to your own websites/blogs so we can also include these – do advise us if you prefer not to have this included.
- Please be aware your post could be edited before publication to maintain the style and quality of our blog. However, we work with you on this to ensure the meaning of the blog is not altered or lost in the process.
Please send your blog or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- When will it be published once it has been received? There is no exact date or time we can give as to when a blog will be published once we have received it. However, we usually endeavour to get this done as soon as possible. Your blog may be tied in with an event or world awareness day to give the piece maximum engagement, and we do advise authors once we have scheduled their blogs.
- What if I want to put it on my CV? If you would like to reference your blog on your CV then you can simply include the web address, we do not provide formal instruction on this therefore it is up to each individual author.