Publication Submission Instructions
Interested in publishing on our blog?
Any CPHA member that identifies as a student or early career professional is able to submit pieces on a variety of topics that fall under one of five broad categories listed below. Work done for academic courses and works in different formats (e.g., videos, infographics) are also accepted. See below for plain language strategies and infographic guidelines. There is a 600-word limit for English submissions, and a 700-word limit for French submissions. Each submission is reviewed by the CPHA Student Editorial Committee prior to publication online. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.
Submit your work for consideration or send your questions by email to the Student Director.
Current Issues in Public Health
These include position statements or editorial-like pieces regarding current issues in public health. These need to be relevant to the news and must be timely. These pieces will be fast-tracked through the review process, to ensure that they make it on the website in a timely manner.
These include brief summaries of exciting new research in the field of public health. These are not limited to your own research; they can include policy papers and/or reviews on new findings that will likely create a lasting impact on the field.
STUDENT EXPERIENCES – INTERNSHIPS, PRACTICUM PLACEMENTS, PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS
These include excerpts written by current students or recent graduates, which include a short summary of their experience, what was learned, and any tips they may have for other students.
These include personal stories about the transition from undergraduate programs to graduate school, from graduate school to practicum placements, and/or from school into the workforce. These pieces are geared towards providing tips to students about navigating the field, no matter what their point of entry.
These can be in an interview-like format with someone in the field who may be considered a mentor. These pieces may range from how to find a practicum placement to how to navigate the field and find the right job for you. These will require the author to interview someone who is established in their field and ask questions relevant to those just starting in the field of public health. NOTE: Please consult with the editors prior to embarking on this as we must discuss the direction of the piece prior to the interview taking place.
Plain language strategies
- Identify and understand your readers and their needs. Tailor your writing and messages to your audience.
- Avoid jargon by using familiar and simple words.
- Use the active voice and the simplest tense possible.
- Use short sections and sentences.
- Use headings to make your content easier to navigate.
- Infographics should be visually appealing, creative and unique while maintaining accuracy and are grounded in peer reviewed literature.
- Audience and key message should be easily identifiable. Main message is clear and concise.
- Additional information/call to action present.
- Stones C, Gent M. The 7 G.R.A.P.H.I.C. Principles of Public Health Infographic Design. AHRC Funded Guidance on Infographic Design in Public Health – University of Leeds. 2016.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infographics at CDC for a nonscientific audience: A standards guide for creating successful infographics. 2012.