Article Format Guidelines and Submission Information
The following guidelines should answer most of your questions related to
submitting an article for To Your Health.
Articles submitted to MPA Media (publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic,
Acupuncture Today, Massage Today, Nutritional Wellness, Naturopathy Digest and To Your Health) must not have
been previously published or submitted for publication elsewhere (unless
the article was published in an association newsletter).
Articles must not be commercial or promotional with respect to a
product or service. Any such references will be omitted or reworded
in general terms.
Our readers tell us they are more apt to read shorter articles. We
recommend a length of 75-150 lines (between 1.5-3 pages), typed, single-spaced.
We prefer Microsoft Word documents in 11-point, Times New Roman font,
as it translates best for our graphic design department. If you do not
have Word, a simple text file will work, even pasted into the body of
an e-mail message.
We prefer articles sent via e-mail; however, if you send an article
via postal mail, save the article to a floppy disc and include a printed
copy of the article.
We will also ask that you provide us with a recent color photograph
of professional quality, your CV or résumé and verifiable
contact and credential information.
An in-house editorial panel reviews all articles, but sometimes an article
may be sent to an outside reviewer for additional input. You will receive
notification in writing as to whether or not MPAmedia is interested in
publishing your article, usually within 6-8 weeks.
If an article is accepted for publication, an "Assignment of Copyright"
form is sent to you. It must be signed and returned before we can publish
your work, and ensures that you have not published your work elsewhere.
We usually grant permission to reprint articles in other publications,
as long as it credits the MPAmedia publication in which it originally
appeared. This also allows MPA Media to protect you from anyone who might
use your article illegally.
MPA Media, like most publishers, has a backlog of articles waiting to
be published. As a result, a newly accepted article may not immediately
be published, unless it is a news item or is otherwise time-critical.
We cannot tell you specifically in which issue your article will appear,
only that we intend to publish it as soon as possible. Some articles appear
as far as six months from the date of acceptance. We ask that you wait
at least this long to contact us about the status of your article.
We do not base placement of an article on any scheduled advertising;
any instances of ads similar to editorial content are strictly coincidental.
We are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., PST.