If you are interested in contributing to Diabetes Self-Management magazine, you may contact the editors at DSMwebeditor@madavor.com. Before submitting a query, please refer to the Guidelines for Authors below to see if your article or idea meets our criteria.
Guidelines for Authors
Diabetes Self-Management magazine is written for the growing number of people with diabetes who want to know more about controlling and managing their diabetes. Our readers need up-to-date and authoritative information on nutrition, pharmacology, exercise, medical advances, self-help, and a host of other how-to subjects. We address the day-to-day and long-term concerns of our readers in a positive and upbeat manner and enable them to make informed choices about managing their diabetes.
The rule of thumb for any article we publish is that it must be clear, concise, interesting, useful, and instructive, and must have immediate application to the day-to-day life of our readers. For that reason, we do not publish personal experiences, personality profiles, exposes, or research breakthroughs. Our audience ranges from the person newly diagnosed with diabetes — who has little knowledge of the condition — to people who have been intimately involved in their own treatment for many years and often know more about diabetes than well-informed health writers. We do not assume knowledge of our audience, but we do assume intelligence and are careful not to talk down to our readers.
Most articles range between 1,500 and 2,500 words. We do not accept previously published material. While we buy all rights, we are extremely generous regarding permission to republish. We require authors to sign contracts and submit W-9 forms. Articles are published with bylines and payment is made after publication. Payment rates vary.
Use plain English; avoid medical jargon, but where appropriate for understanding, explain technical terms in simple, easily understood language. Writing style should be simple, upbeat, and leavened with tasteful humor where possible. Information should be accurate, up-to-date, and from reliable sources. References from lay publications are not acceptable.
Sidebars, bulleted lists, tips, photos, tables, charts, and sidebars are useful when they help explain or complement the text. Authors are encouraged to include with their article a list of suggested reading to be published as a sidebar.
Query with a one-page outline, and include writing samples. If your query is accepted, expect editorial supervision. Article manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail in a Word document.
Blogging for Diabetes Self-Management
Interested in blogging for Diabetes Self-Management? We are not actively seeking writers for the blog at the moment, but in general we work with two types of bloggers:
(1) health-care professionals who can share tips and expertise and give perspectives on diabetes news and research, and
(2) people with diabetes who can share their experiences living with and managing their condition.
Potential topics for entries include nutrition, medicines, exercise, medical advances, self-help, emotional concerns, and a host of other issues that people with diabetes would find interesting.
For more information, send an email to DSMwebeditor@madavor.com with the subject line “Blogger.”