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    Blog style for onthewards

    The onthewards team values collaboration and invites blog submissions via the website. Our aim is to provide and publish useful, safe, authoritative educational content and resources to our global medical student and junior doctor audience. We have created a process to go from submission to blog publication that helps to ensure consistency, quality, and readability of all content published. We strongly suggest you read some of our recent blogs to develop a sense of the style and content we publish.


    The pitch, criteria and review process

    The pitch

    • onthewards is happy to review complete submissions following the guidelines below, however we suggest contacting the editorial team with a pitch for your blog idea of up to 300 words.
    • This allows us to work with you from the beginning on the outline and direction of your blog, before you have committed time to writing it.


    • Style: Use a professional tone and language at all times
    • Word limit: 800 – 1000 words (excluding references)
    • Font: Calibri or Arial only (size 11)
    • Spacing: Single line spacing (1.0) and a single line space between paragraphs and minor headings
    • Paragraphs and headings: Do not indent
    • Name: Include the author’s name
    • Brief bio: Include the author’s brief biography at the bottom of blog submission
    • High resolution profile image: Provide a professional image sized at 402(width) x 303 (height) pixels
    • Qualifications: Include the author’s title, qualifications, affiliation, and institution
    • Contact: Include the author’s contact email address
    • Date: Include the submission Day-Month-year e.g. ’26 August 2016′
    • References: Vancouver citation style
    • Links: Include hyperlinks to references and relevant Social Media
    • Tags: Maximum 5 tags (excluding your twitter name)
    • Privacy: onthewards adheres to the highest standards of patient confidentiality and privacy. Do not use real patient information without permission. Case studies must be accompanied by written permission from the patient.
    • Plagarism: onthewards reserves the right to check submissions for plagiarism. Plagiarism will be dealt with in line with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines

    Review process

    Editors will review blog submissions based on

    • Ensuring that the editorial process is independent from sponsors, conflicts of interest and other sources of bias
    • Ensuring that conflicts of interest are listed when relevant
    • Ensuring there are no financial conflicts of interest
    • Ensuring articles blogs are free of advertisements
    • Whether the author is qualified to provide information on the topic
    • Assessing if articles clearly referenced
    • Assessing whether information and content presented is accurate
    • Identifying whether there a clear distinction between fact and opinion
    • Assessing if the content is well-written, has an interesting written style, entertaining, and easy to read
    • Assess whether the content has educational value
    • Ensure that the author has included keywords, tags and a meta description
    • Where relevant identify whether the content of the article reflects Evidence Based Medicine

    Blog topic – Review process

    • On submission your blog will be reviewed by one of our editors.
    • After our editor has reviewed and provided comments you will receive an email (your blog will not yet be published). Once you and the editor agree on the final draft, it will be scheduled for publication. You will be notified by email when your article has been published.
    • Once published, reader comments and responses will be provided using the comment system at the bottom of the blog. You will need to subscribe to the discussion thread. This notifies you by email whenever a new blog comment appears on your blog page.
    • The blog reviewer or editors name will appear alongside the author’s name once published.

    Role of the blog editor and associate editors

    This document is to assist authors, editors, curators, researchers and users.

    It is to assess and edit articles submitted for publication for the purpose of ensuring that we produce and publish high quality blogs. Quality checklist and criteria when reviewing blogs for onthewards

    • Ensure that the editorial process is independent from sponsors, conflicts of interest and other sources of bias
    • Ensure that conflicts of interest are listed when relevant
    • Ensure there are no financial conflicts of interest
    • Ensure articles/blogs are free of advertisements
    • Assess if the author is qualified to provide information on the topic
    • Ensure articles are clearly referenced
    • Assess whether information and content is presented accurately
    • That there is a clear distinction between fact and opinion
    • Assess whether the content is well-written, has an interesting written style, is entertaining, and easy to read
    • The content tells a story
    • That transitions make sense and flow well
    • That the writer’s individual writing personality is coming through
    • The content has educational value
    • The author has included keywords and tags
    • The author includes a catchy, concise, and clear meta-description
    • The content of the article reflects Evidence Based Medicine where relevant

    Expressions of interest

    Interested in getting involved or joining us? Application and eligibility criteria

    • Be a current senior medical student or junior doctor
    • Submit a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and include contact information
    • Include examples of your experience in student or junior doctor projects and activities (including team based projects)
    • An indication of your anticipated contribution to onthewards
    • Possess strong internet and word-processing skills
    • Have strong experience with social media (although not required)
    • Preferably have some medical writing, copyediting or journalism experience
    • Have an active Twitter account
    • Ability to commit 1 – 2 hours p/week for 6 month period
    • Include an EOI letter (maximum 1 page) including ideas for a proposed project
    • Include a sample blog post on any medical topic using any platform or media (limited to 500 words). Or include the URL link to the sample post in your application. Feel free to be creative!

    Indicate areas of interest and experience:

    • Social media (Facebook, Twitter)
    • Blog writing
    • Content curation
    • Digital media
    • IT/ Health Informatics
    • Events
    • Promotions and e-publications
    • Content Management
    • University and Health facility representatives

    Just some of the responsibilities and experience that you’ll get

    • To gain understanding of a medical education blog, including hands-on experience with WordPress, Google Analytics, Twitter, and digital media
    • To role model professionalism on social media platforms
    • To collaborate efficiently with a national team of medical educators using digital technologies
    • Serve as onthewards liaison to guest contributors and authors
    • Take leadership role by moderating social media channels
    • Participate in Twitter on behalf of the onthewards team
    • Participate in onthewards meetings
    • Contact and engage authors of blogs that are discussed in posts for contribution

    Roles – We’re currently looking for

    • Subeditors (scripting podcast questions and accompanying cases)
    • Junior editors (reviewing and summarising podcasts)
    • Associate editors (some medical writing, copy editing or journalism experience ideal)
    • Submissions editor (reviewing article submissions)
    • Content curator
    • Digital coordinator
    • Promotions and e-publications coordinator

    All applications will be reviewed and assessed for suitability regarding the roles which we have available. Expressions of Interest are to be sent to [email protected]