DentistryIQ Submission Guidelines

Here is everything you need to know about submitting an article to DentistryIQ.

Updated November 16, 2021

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article to DentistryIQ, a publication of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group. Here you will find submission guidelines, contact information, and answers to frequently asked questions. You will also find the rules we follow to protect editorial integrity and preserve our readers' trust.

How to Submit an Article

To submit an article, simply email a Microsoft Word file or similar to the appropriate DentistryIQ editor. Email addresses may be found in the Editorial Contacts section at the end of this document. Your editor will promptly confirm that your submission was received.

Press Releases

Press releases are reviewed for development and publication. All press releases should be sent to [email protected].

Acceptance Process

Articles are judged on merit. You will be notified of our decision to accept or decline your submission within two weeks.

Formatting

Please format your article as follows:

  • Arial font
  • 12-point type
  • 1” margins
  • Double spaced
  • One space after periods

At the top of your article, please include the following:

  • Date
  • Author's name and credentials (e.g, Jane Doe, DMD, MAGD)
  • Author's email address
  • Author's phone number
  • Author's physical address

At the end of your article, please place the following:

  • References
  • Short author bio (75 words or fewer)

Author Bio

At the end of your article, please include a short bio of 75 words or fewer. Your bio will be published alongside your headshot. We encourage you to include contact information, such as an e-mail address and/or telephone number.

You may promote your business interests within your bio if done tastefully. For example, you may say, "Contact Mr. Griffin for information on financial planning at (555)555-5555." Bios should not be overly commercial or self-promotional. If you are interested in promoting your products/services further, we will put you in touch with one of our sales persons.

Disclosures and conflicts of interest

We strive for editorial transparency. If you have a financial relationship with any products or services mentioned in your article, this should be made clear in the bio. We reserve the right to add a disclosure to your article if deemed necessary. For example, a disclosure might read as follows: "Dr. Smith has a financial relationship with Dental Products Corp. Products mentioned are used in the regular course of practice."

Author headshot

Include a high-resolution, professional headshot with your submission. This will be included at the end of your article alongside your bio. If your headshot is a selfie or something similarly nonprofessonal, we will not publish it.

Copyright Agreement

We cannot publish your article until you have e-signed our standard copyright agreement. The copyright agreement will be provided to you for review and e-signature if your article is accepted for publication.

Article Length

You may submit an article of any length. Our general recommendation is 700–1,500 words.

Artwork, Figures, Photos, and Tables

We encourage you to submit artwork, figures, photos, and tables. Authors must hold the copyright to any items submitted. Do not submit anything that has been published by someone else unless you've obtained permission to republish it. Authors are responsible for collecting photo releases. These should be submitted with your article.

References

Articles must contain references where appropriate. This includes the following cases:

  • Quoting sources
  • Citing data and statistics
  • Paraphrasing sources
  • Crosslinking

Please use endnotes and a generally accepted reference style. Submitting a URL is insufficient.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is not tolerated. Acts of plagiarism are grounds for permanently ending relationships with authors.

Previously Published Work

We do not accept previously published work. This includes self-published items such as blog posts.

Republication and Reprints

Endeavor Business Media assumes the rights of all published material pursuant to the copyright agreement. You may not republish your article without express written consent.

Reprints, both electronic and hard copy, are available for purchase.

Compensation

Monetary compensation is generally unavailable for articles.

Writing Suggestions

Pick a writing style that suits you. If you are having trouble conquering your topic, think of your article as a story. Tell your story in as many words as you need to best inform, educate, and entertain the reader.

As a rule of thumb, keep things focused. Rambling articles do not hold the attention of readers—or editors—for very long.

You should strongly consider including specific examples and data to support your article’s thesis.

Avoid writing that is too general and too commercial, such as the following:

  • Too general: "Communication builds a bridge to the future for your team. Make sure you communicate with them every day." There is no clear advice presented here. A better approach would be to give examples of bad communication and explain why they are bad.
  • Too commercial: "UltraGlow was a real lifesaver in my office, thanks to its patented Glimmer Technology. It’s the best polishing system I’ve ever used." While we don’t shy away from product mentions in our articles, we want to keep the commerciality toned down. You only have to mention a product once or twice to get the point across. Multiple mentions and superlative language are turnoffs for readers. Saying a product is "the best" is potentially dishonest and lessens your credibility as a writer.

Rules on Product Mentions

Plugs of products, services, etc., can be done if they are tasteful. This is especially true if it helps the reader understand how to use a particular product in a procedure or case study. We do not publish promotional or overtly advertorial material.

Sponsored and Supported Articles

If we feel that an article is overtly commercial, we may present the option of having the article labeled as "supported" or "sponsored." 

Crosslinks

For digital content, we insert crosslinks to related content. We reserve the right to link to an article written by someone you consider a competitor. This is done to be helpful to the reader and maintain our editorial integrity.

You may provide crosslinks in your articles. However, these are subject to evaluation and may be deleted if we feel they are unhelpful or too commercial.

House Style

Articles will be edited according to our in-house style. Our style is a set of rules that we have developed over time that create consistency, improve readability, and preserve editorial integrity. Examples of important style points are as follows:

Styling of Company and Product Names

Company and product names often have special formatting that is meant to add to marketing appeal. However, our style is to use basic spelling and grammar rules to dictate how names are presented. We have found that this consistent among major journals and, in the end, gives stronger editorial credibility. Also, we do not publish trademark symbols or registration marks, which are only necessary in marketing materials.

    Examples: 

    Submitted Name                            Edited Name

    SCULPT Cement                       Sculpt Cement

    DENTSPLY                                    Dentsply

    SUPERbond                               Superbond

    Flowable smooth+                         Flowable Smooth+

    digi-impression                              Digi-impression

    DATAtech Inc.                               Datatech Inc.

If a word is in all caps because it is an acronym, we do not edit it. Examples include DEXIS, CEREC, and GLO.

We consider the following case of an "acronym" to be marketing:

            EQUATE                      Everyday use

                                                Quick drying

                                                Use multiple times

                                                Always efficient

                                                Time-saving

                                                Easy application                          

Therefore, EQUATE becomes Equate. 

Order of credentials

Credentials are listed in the following order:

1.     Educational degrees

2.     Registrations

3.     Certifications

4.     Affiliations

If an author has multiple educational degrees, these are listed in order of most advanced to least advanced. If two degrees are of equal advancement, they are alphabetized.

Within registrations and certifications, items are alphabetized. Within affiliations, credentials are listed in highest order of achievement to least.

Examples:

  • Jane Doe, PhD, MSc, RDH, CDA
  • John Smith, DDS, PhD, FAGD
  • Mary Jones, DDS, JD, MBA, CFP, CPA, MAGD, FAACD
  • Michelle Thompson, BS, RDH

Editorial Contacts

Articles are considered for publication in specific DentistryIQ newsletters. Please submit your article to the appropriate newsletter editor below. If you are unsure which newsletter editor to contact, don't worry! We will happily redirect your article submission as appropriate.

Through the Loupes

David R. Rice, DDS | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Vicki Cheeseman | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Dental Assisting Digest

Tija Hunter | Editorial Director

Meg Kaiser | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Dental Office Manager Digest

Kyle Summerford | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Sara Joyce | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Dental Economics Weekend

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DDS | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Meg Kaiser | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Morning Briefing

Submit press releases to [email protected]

Elizabeth Leaver | Group Editorial Director | [email protected]

RDH eVillage

Jackie Sanders | RDH Chief Editor | [email protected]

Amelia Williamson DeStefano | Editor | [email protected]

RDH Graduate

Amber Auger | Editorial Director | [email protected] 

Amelia Williamson DeStefano | Editor | [email protected]

Additional Questions

Additional questions may be sent to Group Editorial Director Amelia Williamson DeStefano at [email protected].