Author Guidelines

Blog Article Guidelines
Contains 400-800 words (strict requirement)

Content should be concise and give readers a clear overview of the topic.
Includes title that is compelling and attention-grabbing

Title should clearly and succinctly describe article content while catching reader’s attention and compelling them to read more.

Uses informal/conversational tone

Article tone should be more warm and conversational compared to manuscript articles. The use of personal pronouns is acceptable and encouraged.

Utilizes bullet points when appropriate

For visual appeal and ease of reading, please include bullets for main points or numbering or other separation of text when appropriate.

Bolds key words/concepts and groups content by using headers

Use at least two headers within the article to separate thoughts, concepts, or ideas. Bold at least one sentence or phrase within the article that represents the main focus or highlights a key concept to draw reader’s attention to the main point of the article. This will also help skimmers to know if they want to read further.

Utilizes graphics, videos, and hyperlinks when appropriate (with permission)

Each article will contain a “featured image” to go along with the title that will be chosen by editors. However, you are encouraged to include original graphics, tables, & images in body of article or others only with written permission. Hyperlinks within text to other resources is encouraged when appropriate.

Includes 5 or fewer references in AMA style

References should be listed at the bottom of the blog in the order that they appear in the text. Superscripts of reference numbers should be included at the end of the referenced sentences in blog body. Provide links to references in your submission so that editors can create hyperlinks of each superscript to the original articles or websites where applicable.

Pharmacy faculty, preceptors, and administrators are the primary audiences

We welcome articles from student and resident perspectives, but the article itself should be addressed toward faculty, preceptors, and/or administrators.

With their permission, if other collaborators were involved in the project you are writing about, please add 1 sentence acknowledging their contributions.

Writing style is grammatically correct and flows well

Submission should be free of errors and flow well in English conversational tone.

Global Assessment
Content is an original work (not published elsewhere)

Blog articles should not be a summary of an already published manuscript. However, you can still write an article related to your published work. The article may focus on a unique aspect of the work that is not published elsewhere. This could include things such as (but not limited to):  the story or problem that generated your original research, a piece of the methodology or data that you weren’t able to fully unpack in your article, further discussion on the outcome of your research, your future plans for research, the impact your work has on the academy, related questions arising from your work, etc.

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for further guidance.

Content is focused and addresses a clear goal

 The aim of article should be clear after reading the first few sentences. Authors should seek to the answer the question, “What is the overall purpose of this article?” in the first couple of sentences (but this does not have to be stated explicitly).

Content is current and related to pharmacy education

Timeliness may involve conducting a literature search on the topic to ensure that the content is current. Content should be related to pharmacy education but can reference other disciplines.  Clinical practice or therapeutic issues are not appropriate.

Content is credible and relative to existing thought, trends, & literature

Authors should establish themselves as credible and relate content back to what is known in education.  Opinions expressed should be based on sound principles and not entirely subjective.

Content applies, interprets, synthesizes, evaluates, and/or critiques information

The content should not merely be descriptive in nature.  Authors should use their expertise to challenge readers.

Content is a scholarly contribution with educational value

Articles submitted to Pulses should “extend the scholarly conversation,” meaning that it somehow ties into, critiques, adds to, etc. the existing literature of the topic. Articles should be of high quality and can include resources outside of pharmacy education. However, the content should provide value specifically for pharmacy education.

Content inspires readers to action and encourages scholarly dialogue

 Articles should be thought-provoking, encouraging, and leave the reader with a sense of inspiration or a call to action.

Review Process
A lead reviewer from the editorial team (called a Peer Coach) will be assigned to your blog post. All Pulses editors may read and provide comments, but this lead peer coach will be your point of contact and make the final call as to when the article is ready to publish.  This review is intended to be a helpful conversation with dialogue between you and the editors, rather than a traditional peer review with strict requests.  Be on the lookout for comments, questions, etc. and participate in open dialogue with the reviewers.