Before being published on Health Affairs Blog, all posts are reviewed by Health Affairs editorial staff for timeliness, health policy relevance, originality, and constructive commentary (but are not subject to a formal, peer review). Not every submission is accepted for publication. Submissions under consideration for publication elsewhere will not be considered. Posts are edited in collaboration with authors before publication. See terms of use.

For submitting to the GrantWatch section of the Blog, see guidelines below.

How to Submit

Potential posts, as well as follow-up correspondence, may be submitted via our simple submission form (first-time users will need to create an account with name, email, and password).

What to Submit

Before submitting a post for consideration, authors are encouraged to review content recently published on Health Affairs Blog to get a sense of both the style and content that we’re looking for. The most successful posts are written to be accessible to the wide range of Health Affairs readers. We encourage authors not to shy away from complex or specialized topics, but to explain those topics in a manner understandable to readers interested in health policy who may not be completely versed in the particular area being discussed.

Unlike traditional research manuscripts that often begin with a long wind-up and extended background early in the piece, typical blog posts are structured like essays or op-eds, with a strong, clear explanation of the issue and key themes upfront. We encourage you to discuss how your work may be relevant to policymakers as well as researchers.

In addition, please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Submit posts as a Word document.
  • Include a title.
  • Include author bio(s) or links to same (unless you have already supplied these for previous posts)
  • Please indicate any conflicts of interests, financial or otherwise, that would not be obvious from the authors’ bios or the text of the post; this would include any funding sources, as well as undisclosed affiliations that are relevant to the subject/content of your post).
  • If possible, attach applicable exhibits in jpeg, gif, or png format.
  • If possible, embed hyperlinks in the text instead of using endnotes or footnotes.

Writing For The Web

In addition to the Health Affairs Blog submission guidelines, here are a few additional tips we recommend when writing content for the web:

1. Be concise

Blog content should be concise and readable. Most blog posts come in under 2,000 words.

2. Link to references

Instead of using endnotes, highlight appropriate text and link to references. If a link isn’t available, include the citation in parentheses.

3. Use the “inverted pyramid”

Front-load your text. Put the most important information in the first few paragraphs and give the reader your main points quickly, but feel free (and indeed encouraged) to delve deeply into the material in subsequent paragraphs.

4. Use headers and lists

Separate your content using subheads so that it’s easier for your readers to navigate. It can often be useful to combine numerous items of a similar nature into bulleted or numbered lists.

We can provide quick turnaround for particularly newsworthy posts, but due to the volume of posts it can sometimes take a few weeks from submission to publication. And, as mentioned above, we are not able to publish all submissions.

Submission Guidelines for GrantWatch section of Health Affairs Blog

1.    In general, it is best that the document you submit not have been published elsewhere (in print or on the Web) before. Occasionally, we do publish a post that has been previously published on another blog—with necessary attribution and permissions, of course. Do let us know upfront if you are suggesting that we re-publish something that you have written.

2.    Your blog post should not be too general: there should be a philanthropy “angle.” For example, how did the foundation decide to fund this project? How much funding is the foundation putting into this project? If reporting results: most (perhaps many) foundation-funded programs do not have all good news to report: were there any “challenges” in this project—things that did not work out?

3.    Post should not be a PR piece for the philanthropy (or the grantee)! No press releases!

4.    Length should be 600–1,000 words.

5.    Try to avoid jargon and acronyms. The journal as a whole has a goal of making things that are published beaccessible to the educated non-policy wonk!

6.    Blog posts do not use footnotes or endnotes. However, we do encourage appropriate citation of others’ work by using hyperlinks. If you do not know how to create hyperlinks, you can just say <link to:> etc., at the place in the sentence where you want the link, and we will put it in.

7.    If you are submitting a GrantWatch blog post, please submit via our online portal and check the box for GrantWatch on our submission form.

8.    We will send your post back to you after we have edited it to make sure our edits have not changed your meaning. At that time, we will send you any queries, such as requests for clarification or for more details.

9.    We will need a brief narrative biography, which can be copied and pasted, for each guest blogger. If you have blogged for us before, let us know. You may want/need to update your bio.