Writing for SDN
Created August 17, 2014
Thank you for your interest in writing for SDN.
We publish 1,000 to 2,000-word feature articles on our main page Monday through Friday.
Below are examples of the types of articles that are published:
- How-To: An overview article that provides tips for pre-health or health professional students, such as “CASPer® for Medical School Admissions: What to Expect and How to Prepare“ or “So You Want to Leave Patient Care: Now What?“
- Doctor Profiles: A “20 Question” interview with a physician or other doctoral-level health professional (dentist, podiatrist, etc.), such as this interview with Dr. Lindsay Stokes.
- First Person Narrative: A story talking about one particular student’s experience, tied to a larger issue for our membership. Examples include “If At First You Don’t Succeed Try (Try, Try, Try) Again” and “Reflections on an Encounter During My Elective in Vanuatu.”
- Healthcare Policy and Current Issues: Anything from an interview with a policy expert to a discussion of current healthcare news. Both unbiased examinations of both sides of an issue and opinion articles that clearly argue one point of view are welcome. Examples include “Scary Smart: The Widespread Use of “Study Drugs” on American Campuses“ and “Physician-Assisted Suicide Laws and Their Effect on Clinical Practice“.
We are open to articles that don’t fit exactly within these guidelines if we think they will be interesting to our membership. Where possible, we also ask that authors provide an image (minimum size 300 x 250 pixels) to be used for the article, such as a photograph of a “20 Questions” interview subject. Please ensure that the image is free of copyright or that SDN has permission to republish.
Please note, articles may not be promotional in nature. If you have a product or service that you wish to share, you may submit an informational article relevant to the product or service you provide and include a description with a single link to be included at the end of the article. This is true even if the product or service you provide is free. A partnership with SDN may open doors for additional opportunities to share your services with SDN members. If you think you may be a good fit for an SDN partnership, please fill out the SDN Partnership and Affiliation Request Form.
SDN provides an honorarium to authors based on article length. This honorarium is NOT provided in the case that an author is receiving other benefits from the article publication, such as publicity for a blog or book.
We are able to pay honorariums either via check to a US mailing address or via a PayPal account. You must be able to receive payment via one of these methods to receive an honorarium from SDN.
Article Publication Process
Please note, it may take up to two weeks for an editor to respond to your proposal.
In order to support our Health on the Net (HON) certified status, all articles are reviewed for content by the SDN Editorial Board made up of health care students and professionals prior to publication. The Editor-in-Chief reviews feedback on a regular basis and compiles a publishing schedule once per month. You will be informed as quickly as possible if your article has been accepted for publication. Some articles not immediately selected for publication will be returned to the author with feedback. Authors may resubmit articles once for reconsideration with edits based on feedback. Contacting the editor to pitch ideas or ask questions before submitting the article may increase the chance that your article will be accepted by the Editorial Board for publication.
If accepted, your article will be scheduled for publication by our editorial team. Publications dates can change without notice. Every effort will be made to provide final edited versions of articles to authors for review and approval prior to publication; however, the SDN editorial team reserves the right to publish an article with minor grammatical editing without additional author approval.
Honorariums, if applicable, will be sent out at the end of the month in which the article is published.