Mentor Advice ForumCategory: QuestionsHow to submit articles and courses for publication?
Heather asked 5 years ago

I have been a practicing clinical dental hygiene for 20 years and I also have a talent for writing. I would love to combine these and write for dental publications and to write CE courses. Could you give me some guidance on how to submit articles and courses for publication? I appreciate your advice and expertise.

2 Answers
Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS Staff answered 5 years ago

I suggest that you review the guidelines for CE courses from respective journals. You need to choose a timely and interesting topic for it to be considered as CE. One way to get your feet wet is to do a case study.

Pamela Overman, EdD, RDH Staff answered 5 years ago

Here are 10 steps to seeing your name in a journal.

  1. Find a journal that publishes the type of CE courses and articles that you like.
  2. Read the articles and CEs thinking about their structure, length, depth, and breadth. What makes them appealing to you or not?
  3. Find the journal’s author guidelines and review them.
  4. Come up with an idea for your first article or CE: What strikes your curiosity? What is something that you want to know more about? Chances are, your peers will too.
  5. Check the literature to see if your idea has already been covered. Maybe there is a new slant you can take, or maybe you will need a new idea.
  6. Read the literature about your topic. Go for papers that are evidence based and new.
  7. Once you have an idea, prepare an outline of your paper.
  8. Write a little every day.
  9. Once you think you are done, ask a friend to give you feedback. Revise and repeat.
  10. Submit to your journal and be prepared to have to revise some more!