Contributing Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing a byline article to Becker's Hospital Review. Below are some guidelines for your article development.

By submitting any content to Becker's Hospital Review, you (the author) or the organization representing the author assures that you have complete rights to send us this content, and by doing so you are not violating any third party's rights, including rights to copyrights, trademarks, etc.

Submission also certifies that the author has not in any way plagiarized another author or piece of content. Becker's Hospital Review considers plagiarism as the reuse of someone else's published processes, results or words without explicitly acknowledging the original author and source.

Becker's Hospital Review requests exclusive online rights to any contributed piece that it publishes on its website. That means that although the author maintains the copyright, we agree to publish the article on the condition that it is not published in any other website or online publication.

I. Audience
Our content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs and CIOs. Writers should write for the highest level executive audience in the hospital and refrain from any content that could be considered promotional.

II. Formatting
The article should include a headline and a byline with author name(s), title(s) and company/organization affiliation(s). Bylines should appear directly after the headline in the following format: Name, Title, Company. (Company names are generally not accepted as the only items in the byline). Article content should be single-spaced. Articles should be submitted as a Word document.

III. Word Limit
Because Becker's Hospital Review offers an electronic publication, we do not limit an article's word count. However, we recommend that the article does not exceed 1,500 words if possible, as our experience suggests articles beyond this length experience difficulty in maintaining reader interest.

III. Style
Becker's Hospital Review uses Associated Press Style. However, we have a few unique stylistic guidelines outlined below.

Acronyms — Acronyms should be spelled out on first mention and then used on second mention. The author should not include the acronym in parentheses. For example, "Healthcare information technology is critical......each hospital must consider its HIT needs."

"Healthcare" — Use "healthcare" instead of "health care" or "health-care."

Non-serial commas — Comma threads should not include serial commas. For example, "I like apples, oranges and bananas." Not "I like apples, oranges, and bananas."

Single-spacing — Sentences in stories should be separated by a single space, instead of a double space.

Headings — Only the first word of section headings or subheads should be capitalized.

Footnotes/References — Please hyperlink all references to original source when possible.

IV. Images

Any images submitted along with the article (charts, graphs, pictures, etc.) should be low-resolution (for online/website publishing standards) and must not contain any branding, logos, etc., of the company affiliated with the author. Images should be sent in .jpg format as separate files, even if embedded in the Word document.

V. Review Process

Article submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. You may submit an article at any time by emailing a draft of the article (in Word format) to Scott Jones, at content@beckershealthcare.com.

When submitting, please include a short bio for the author(s) and a byline.

VI. Editorial Contact

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Scott Jones
content@beckershealthcare.com

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