Editorial Guidelines

Do's and Don'ts When Submitting Editorial Content

Here are some pointers to consider when formulating an article for Medical Product Outsourcing or Orthopedic Design & Technology:

  • Make sure article content is relevant to the world of medical device manufacturing or the world of orthopedic technology—engineering processes, design, R&D, product development, material selection, processing, Lean, supply chain, etc. We’re open to suggestions. Technical white papers also are welcome—provided they’re not an advertisement for your company. White papers should detail a technical issue, but not specifically tout a product or service. Descriptions of partnerships in product developments, for example, make great white paper fodder.
  • Self-promotion: Please avoid this. If you work for a particular company, the only time your company’s name should appear in the article is in your byline.
  • Things to avoid: The second easiest way to get your manuscript sent back for revisions (or removed from consideration) is to use cliché phrases and overtly PR-ish writing.
  • Make sure you have something substantive to add to the ongoing conversation about medical device manufacturing, orthopedics, design and product development. We are looking for well-thought-out, even-handed writing and research.
  • Article length: This depends on the topic. Columns run about 1,700 words without photos or graphics. Feature articles are around 2,500-3,000 words. We’ll need to know ahead of time for both columns and features if you plan to use photos, charts, or graphs. Some of the graphics may have to be recreated by our art department. If the word count is longer than 4,000, for example, we could split articles into multiple parts.
  • Byline and bio: The byline should include name, title, company; bio should include the same, in addition to contact information—telephone and email, if possible.
  • Clearances: It is the author’s responsibility to make sure that papers submitted to Medical Product Outsourcing and Orthopedic Design & Technology have been cleared by all third parties. For example, if a paper originally was presented at a conference, it is the author’s responsibility to make sure the conference organizers have approved the paper’s publication in the magazine.
  • Editing: All accepted manuscripts are subject to copy editing.
  • Electronic Submissions: Send a Word document by e-mail to Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief (sfenske@rodmanmedia.com).
  • Exclusivity: Manuscripts are reviewed with the understanding that they have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Illustrations: Photographs, line drawings, and other illustrations may be in color or black and white and should be referred to in the text in sequence: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Electronic images should be in one of the following formats: TIFF, JPEG, EPS. Photos MUST be high resolution/300 dpi.
  • For additional guidelines, or to arrange publication, contact Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief (sfenske@rodmanmedia.com) by e-mail.