• Article submission guidelines

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    Please be aware that we uphold certain quality standards, which include a minimum standard of correct British or American english usage, ideally with very limited mistakes in spelling or grammar. Should your submitted article fall below these standards, our proofreaders may offer their assistance to you, although this will extend the time taken for your article to be published. For guidance on correct english usage, please see http://www.plainenglish.co.uk/free-guides.html.

     

    Articles should be of public interest, discussing completely new issues and not covered yet on whatishealthy.info (otherwise, instead of writing a new article on the same topic, please add your comments so the already written one gets updated with) and should fall into one of six major topics:

    • Food & Dietary Supplement 
    • Environmental & Personal Care
    • Traditional medicine
    • Sports and exercise
    • Health statistics and statutory regulations
    • Medical and safety 

    Articles should be appropriately referenced, as follows:

    • Statements included in the article can be either regarded as “common knowledge” or as a “scientific” statement
    • “Common knowledge” statements are those that should be considered well-known amongst those with a high level of scientific education, or those who are well informed on scientific matters
    • “Scientific” statements are any statements that are either not “common knowledge”, or statements referring to a specific study/group of studies or piece of legislation.
    • “Scientific” statements require referencing, which can be in the form of a weblink to a published article or piece of legislation. If the information referred to is not apparent in the article summary/abstract then the page number and paragraph of the pertinent statement should also be given.
    • References included should only be those from authoritative sources, such as:
      • Scientific articles from peer-reviewed journals. Normally they may be found on scientific article aggregators such as: PubMed, Sciencedirect, SpringerLink, Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Google Scholar among others
      • Websites of government bodies, normally with domains ending with ‘gov.’.
      • Websites of science higher education institutions, normally with domains ending with ‘.edu’, subject to the website moderator approval
      • Websites of national government health protection authorities, such as The Food and Drug Administration of the USA, The European Medicine Agency, The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence of the UK
    • We will not accept references from:
      • Wikipedia. It is not a scientifically reliable quality source since its content may be edited by individuals who don’t have sufficient knowledge, or who may intentionally add false or unproven information. 
      • Media and newspaper articles are not trustworthy sources unless they provide the links to the original source material and otherwise will be declined to be accepted as an authoritative data source.
    • References should be given in APA (6th) style. Guidance on style format is available at: https://www.ukessays.com/essay-help/referencing/apa-referencing.php  

    All submitted articles are proofread by our Senior Reviewer, and changes may be required prior to submission. Should any changes be required you will be notified following the initial review of your article. Once you have uploaded your article, it may take on average 2 weekdays for it appear online, due to our filtering system taking extra care to keep the website clear from spam and irrelevant