Contributing to H&HN's Daily Commentary and Analysis
H&HN (www.hhnmag.com) publishes original online commentary and analysis most every weekday at 7 a.m. CT. This exclusive content reaches more than 60,000 health care executives, director-level managers, and health care policy makers, as well as several thousand more educators, payers and suppliers. We accept articles from volunteer contributors to complement our regular offering of staff-written features, columns, blogs, and audiovisual clips.
Potential articles should focus on a critical aspect of health care leadership and, if possible, should address the future of health care. All articles must appeal to an executive-level audience in hospitals and health systems. We particularly seek articles that:
- Provide a new or cutting-edge angle on leadership in the changing health care environment;
- Promote community health improvement and cross-sector collaboration;
- Stimulate teamwork and integrated approaches to health care delivery;
- Inspire new ways of thinking about health care services and related social issues;
- Offer strategies and insights from industries outside of health care;
- Engage our readers in creative or unexpected ways.
Articles focused on policy or politics will not be accepted. We strictly prohibit the use of any type of pornography, racial intolerance, promotion of violence, abusive comments, or profanity.
The desired length of articles for H&HN’s daily posts is 800 to 1200 words. Articles should not exceed 1200 words except by prior arrangement with Health Forum.
Articles are published under the copyright of Health Forum. New contributors are required to sign Health Forum's Content Agreement before their articles can be accepted for editorial processing.
Health Forum reserves the right to final editorial control, including edits for clarity and length. Health Forum also reserves the right to reject articles that do not meet our editorial standards.
Potential contributors are advised to propose an article idea to our editorial team before beginning work on article preparation. To inquire about the appropriateness of an article idea, please send a working title, 50-100 word abstract, and short biographical sketch to Richard Hill, senior editor, H&HN, at email@example.com. If the proposal sounds like a good fit for H&HN’s daily commentary and analysis posts, the senior editor will request a detailed outline and/or offer the contributor(s) a firm deadline for completion of an editable draft.
The senior editor plans our daily lineups several months in advance. Every contributor will normally be given at least 4 weeks to complete his or her article draft, and he or she should anticipate an editorial cycle of several weeks before the article is published in one of our daily lineups. Some article proposals and/or drafts may require the additional review and approval of the American Hospital Association's communications, policy or legal teams before they can be cleared for publication at Health Forum.
The senior editor will provide each contributor with a Content Agreement for his or her signature. A fully executed Agreement is expected at the time of first-draft submission and is required for our files before the article can be processed for future publication.
The senior editor will give the contributor(s) a tentative publication date as soon as the article is scheduled for publication. If the date needs to be accelerated or delayed for editorial, production, late-breaking news or other reasons, the senior editor will inform the contributor of the revised publication date.
Please prepare an electronic manuscript according to the recommendations of The Associated Press Stylebook. The first page of the manuscript should include the working title of the article, as well as the author's full name, degrees, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Multiple contributors should designate a corresponding author.
Project a tone of confidence. Write in declarative sentences (avoid the passive voice), and make every sentence count, starting with the first. Marshal your evidence to persuade the reader. Sweat the small stuff (spelling, accuracy, facts, dates, quotations). Make good choices. Avoid clichés.
Paragraphs should be kept short and single spaced, with a line of space between each paragraph. Bulleted lists should also be short and easily consumed on a mobile device. Please state all ideas simply and try to avoid wordy or overly complex sentences. An informal tone is always appreciated by our busy readers.
Subheads are encouraged. It is not unusual for an 800- to 1200-word article to have 2-3 subheads in addition to the main head (i.e., the title). The best subheads are short (never more than a phrase, and never a complete sentence). Only the first word of the subhead should be capitalized, with the exception of any proper nouns.
If a table, figure or illustration is absolutely necessary to convey a point, please send only 1 or at most 2 such items per article. All tables, figures or illustrations must be small, simple, and legible on a mobile device; and they must be placed at the end of the electronic document. Make sure that you mention your table, figure or illustration in the text body, and that you provide an appropriate title, label, source and legend (if applicable) for each one.
As a non-academic publication, H&HN HN prefers not to publish endnotes, footnotes, or reference lists within its online posts. Information from complete references, if necessary, should be incorporated into the running text or inserted as parenthetical matter within the text body.
Please take care to avoid copyright violations. A signed Content Agreement reaffirms in writing that your work is original and does not violate the rights of other parties.
Each manuscript must be submitted with a cover note attesting to its originality and verifying that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, even on the contributor's personal or corporate Web sites, nor is the manuscript being considered elsewhere for publication. Health Forum holds the expectation that it will become the sole source and copyright holder of the article once it is accepted for publication.
Manuscripts must not promote commercial products or services, nor may they contain e-mail or Web addresses, phone numbers, or any other contact information for the contributing author(s). Readers wishing to contact contributors will either write to us or visit a search engine to find a contributor's Web page. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter so that we may maintain our editorial neutrality and the ongoing trust of our readers.
Please prepare your manuscript in Microsoft Word and e-mail it to the senior editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. If a different software package is to be used for composing the article or submitting a table, figure, or illustration, the senior editor should be consulted in advance of submission to make sure the file will be readable. The senior editor requires that any non-Microsoft Word table, figure, or illustration accepted for publication must be provided in its native file (that is, the file in which the item was originally conceived). Only a native file will be usable by our Web design staff.
The senior editor reserves the right to ask for changes or to reject submissions. All manuscripts are copyedited, per Associated Press and Health Forum house style, and are returned to contributors for final review before they are published. The senior editor, copy editor, or copydesk proofreader may also request assistance from each contributor(s) in resolving queries at that time.
Please e-mail the senior editor, Richard Hill, at email@example.com.