Contributor Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in becoming a content contributor for Next Steps in Derm. Our team recognizes that you hold the vision, highly specialized expertise, and unique training that drives dermatology, and we feel honored to be partnering with you. It is through the support of people like you that we have been able to position Next Steps in Derm as a top resource and online mentor for residents, fellows, and new practitioners in the dermatology field.

What’s in it for you?
Writing for Next Steps in Derm will help you gain visibility within the field and further your career. When you write for us, you become part of a reputable pool of accomplished thought leaders, and act as a source of inspiration for rising stars. You will get a lot exposure and credibility, which will help you connect with peers who share the same passion for dermatology as you do. We really see this opportunity as a win-win situation and hope you will arrive to the same conclusion once you start collaborating with us.

Who is our audience?
Our target audience is comprised of two main segments: dermatology residents and young practitioners. However, we also have the potential to reach more seasoned practitioners through cross-platform publishing efforts on other of our media platforms such as the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (JDD).  For physicians, we’ve found that keeping up-to-date on light (easy reading) and technical knowledge is part of their lifestyle, and they consume both freely at the same time. They intertwine their technical learning with their lifestyle, on-the-go, passive browsing.  They don’t want to sit down and read a journal cover to cover, they want something easy, light and fun to consume amongst their other interests.

What topics is our target audience most interested in?
In general, we are looking for original content in the following categories:

  • Becoming a thought leader/published author/advisory board member
  • Navigating your career
  • Legal, finance, billing and coding
  • Starting and running a practice
  • Board study tips
  • New treatments
  • New equipment/devices
  • New product lines
  • New and emerging therapies
  • Tales from the office
  • Medical and aesthetic dermatology topics (i.e. acne, rosacea, lasers, etc.)
  • A Day in the Life of…
  • Patient compliance
  • Case studies
  • New approaches to traditional dermatology

This is not a comprehensive list and we are always open to new topics. We encourage you think beyond these categories.

What makes good Next Steps in Derm content?
When you begin thinking about your first submission, consider the following tips:

  • Visit our site and develop a sense of what we publish.
  • Write primarily for residents and young practicing dermatologists. Go back to that time in your career, address their needs, fears, challenges, burning questions, and thirst for advice and expert opinion.
  • When writing for the first time, make sure to introduce yourself. Be brief and let readers know why they should listen to you.
  • Always include an introduction to your article. A good introduction is brief with a VERY clear message. It should entice readers to keep reading more and not skip the page.
  • Tell a story and make it personal. While some topics you’ll write about will be more technical, you can still add your personal touch. Sharing pearls, things you’ve done and seen, lesson you’ve learned, aha moments, personal and professional accomplishments, insightful and thought-provoking commentary, etc. should be at the core of your writing.
  • Use a friendly voice so you become approachable, the mentor/peer everyone wants to follow and learn from. Feel free to use contractions and address the audience just like you would address a peer or mentee.
  • Avoid writing promotional content and focus on content that is informational, educational, entertaining, insightful or procedural.
  • Length is flexible. The main goal is to enrich and educate our audience, without boring them. While the perfect word count doesn’t really exist, we recommend staying within 300 and 750 words (12pt font, single spaced).
  • Use bullet points (when applicable) for easy reading and avoid lengthy paragraphs.

Submitting Your Content
If you are accepted as a Content Contributor for Next Steps, these are the submission guidelines you will need to follow:

  • Content should be submitted as a Word document using a 12pt, non-serif font
  • Along with your submission, please include:
    • Brief bio,  approximately 60-100 words.
    • Your Twitter handle, as well as any other relevant links you wish to display (i.e. blog, LinkedIn profile, Facebook page, website URL, etc.) If you have a promotional link (i.e. practice website, a meeting you’ll be speaking at, etc.), you may submit that as well.
    • Headshot:submit a current, high-resolution, full color image in PNG or JPG format.
    • A statement of relevant disclosures
    • A full list of citations (if applicable) in AMA citation format
    • Accompanying images: you are welcome to submit any supporting images that you want to display with your content, but you should either own the rights or have been granted permissions to use them. Any images you submit must be high-res, PNG or JPG files.

We hope you find the above guidelines helpful. Please feel free to contact our Content Management team at [email protected] if you need clarification on any of the above.

Once again, we appreciate your interest in becoming a Content Contributor for Next Steps in Derm and look forward to collaborating with you.

Berenice Bonalanza
Program Manager