Contributors

Write for us!

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Dermveda! We are looking for fresh and engaging content, both text and video, that educates readers about skin health in a fun, approachable manner.

Dermveda welcomes guest authors to share their skin care knowledge and expertise. At Dermveda we believe there is no one size fits all for health. By blending allopathic and alternative approaches, we can offer people the choice to integrate or find solutions that work best for them. Our goal is to share multiple perspectives with our readers, including Dermatology, Naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbalism, Ayurveda, and more.

All of our pieces are original and undergo a peer review process. Our editorial process is more extensive than many, and you may be asked to do multiple rounds of revisions. We have found that our authors appreciate the extra time and care we put into our site. In the event that your piece is not selected, please feel free to try again with another idea. If multiple proposals are not accepted for publication, it may mean that your work is not a good fit for our audience.

Articles may range from 750-1,500 words in length. This includes a wide range of topics focusing on traditional medical systems, holistic skin care, and modern medicine. We retain final decision rights over headlines to assist content being reached by the most-fitting audiences.


Topic Examples:

  • Specific traditional approaches to skin diseases.
  • Innovative concepts in skin health.
  • Herbal therapies for specific diseases.
  • Inspirational pieces about holistic skin health.

We welcome all experienced bloggers or medical professionals to write original content for our site, and would love to hear from you!

For questions and more information, please contact content@dermveda.com.


Contributor guidelines

Qualities we look for when evaluating what to publish

ORIGINALITY: All articles should be original pieces prepared solely by the author/co-authors or cited with references (see referencing guidelines below). Original content on Dermveda can be referenced but not duplicated elsewhere. As an example, guest authors may share link(s) to their piece(s) through their network but not directly copy and paste the content published on Dermveda.

EXPERTISE: We are looking for people who are knowledgeable about the topic in which they are writing.

EDUCATIONAL: All articles should clearly indicate it is for educational purposes only, and the article should not be construed as an alternative to an individual evaluation by a doctor or qualified health professional.

FAIR & BALANCED: Content should be presented with a fair and balanced perspective. Articles may not promote specific brands, manufacturers, or retail outlets.

FACTUAL: Content must be factual and based on either other published information from a textbook, peer-reviewed journal or validated through other means. Articles may contain general discussion of an informative nature regarding a particular modality or agent used in treatment. Articles may describe the outcome of published and unpublished studies and compare and contrast these in an educational format. Diagnoses and diagnostic criteria can be described in general, provided the author has either the requisite credentials to make such a statement or has referenced the source of the information. Each published guest article will include a disclaimer stating that one should consult a physician or a qualified health professional for treatment of any condition and that the Internet is not an appropriate tool for obtaining a medical diagnosis or treatment.


A few things to avoid

MEDICAL ADVICE: The Dermveda websites are for educational purposes only. Dermveda should never be construed or framed as giving medical advice. The content should never advise a patient to disregard medical advice, deviate from a prescribed treatment, or avoid or delay seeing their doctor.

PRODUCT PROMOTIONS: Educational content published on the website must not be promotional. Brand names of products, manufacturers of products or specific retail outlets should not be used unless the article is a product review on Skintegrative.com. Otherwise, only generic and common names for ingredients should be used.

HEALTH BENEFIT CLAIMS: Content should not advocate any particular health benefit associated with a product being made available through the website unless there is peer-reviewed published evidence for the claim that is referenced with a citation.

IMPROPER CITATIONS: All citations should merely reference but may not include direct copy of the writing from the cited material, unless the direct quote is specifically identified with quotation marks and clearly delineated as a direct quote with an appropriate citation.

COMMERCIAL PLACEMENT: Educational articles cannot be placed in proximity to any advertisement of products of a similar nature to avoid reader confusion between the educational content and advertising or marketing material.

FINANCIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: Financial conflicts of interest relevant to the topic discussed should be clearly disclosed including the nature of the financial relationship (consultant, stock ownership, board member, employee, etc).


Editorial review

The content on Dermveda will undergo several layers of review by the Dermveda content team:

1) ORIGINALITY TEST: If your content does not appear to be original or appears plagiarized it may not meet the minimum quality expectations for further review.

2) ETIQUETTE TEST: We believe in respective discourse. Content will be reviewed to assess whether it is derogatory or disrespectful in nature. If your article does not pass the etiquette test, it will not proceed further in the review. The appropriateness of the content will be left up to the discretion of the Dermveda team and all decisions are final.

3) SCIENTIFIC REVIEW: The content will be reviewed for scientific accuracy. The sources used for the claims will be assessed to see if they are appropriately used. Any hyperbole in the article will be identified for revision. All articles that undergo scientific review will undergo blinded expert review where the reviewers are encouraged to provide candid and critical feedback. Scientific review does not perform a regulatory review regarding FTC guidelines.

4) EDITORIAL REVIEW: The content will be reviewed for grammar, flow, and ease of understanding


Referencing guidelines

Citations should be numbered consecutively in the order that they appear as bracketed superscripts. If the citation appears adjacent to punctuation, it should appear after the punctuation. For example: The citation can be placed within a sentence[1] or it can appear at the end of a sentence after the punctuation.[2]

JOURNAL ARTICLES should be cited as follows: Author. Title. Journal. Year; Volume(Issue):Pages; PMID: Accession Number. The PMID accession number may be omitted if it is not available.

AUTHORS should be listed with their last name and the initials of their first and middle names. For example: Esmann S, Jemec GB. Patients' perceptions of topical treatments of actinic keratosis. J Dermatology Treat.2014;25(5):375-379; PMID: 23215635.

Author lists that are four or more authors should list the first three followed by et al.: Fisk WA, Agbai O, Lev-Tov HA, et al. The use of botanically derived agents for hyperpigmentation: a systematic review. J Am Acad Dermatol.2014;70(2):352-365; PMID: 24280646.

For author lists that are three or less, all of the authors should be listed.

BOOKS should be cited as follows: Author. Title. Volume. Edition. Place Published: Publisher; Year.

EDITED BOOKS (portion of an edited book) should be cited as follows: Author. Title. Edition. Place Published: Publisher; Year. Series Editor(s). Series Title; No. Volume.

WEB PAGES should be cited as follows: URL. Access Date, Access Year.