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We’re interested in features, editorials and perspectives from students in any field on any topic to do with global health. Anyone can write for us as long as they’re not yet a paid professional (if you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to submit to us, you can always write in and ask). Though you can get help from your mentors and professors, we cannot credit them as co-authors.

We are very keen for you to send us any and all types of submissions (read carefully below for more details) but at the moment we are particularly on the lookout for blog entries. This is a good way to get started writing for us - blogs don’t have to be long or substantially referenced  and they can be on anything, from a lecture or conference you recently attended, to a campaign you’re involved in, to a current global-health related news topic. Have a look through our blog archives and you’ll see that almost anything goes!

Although we cannot pay you for what we publish, we do offer a free online subscription to (with access to ALL content) to every author of a peer-reviewed publication (i.e. a piece published in the Articles section of this site).

Different ways to write

You can write for us on global health topics in a variety of ways. For example, factual, well researched, and relatively brief articles which include a debate (Editorials), longer more journalistic articles where you can include interviews with appropriate people or organisations (Features), and pieces where you can tell us what you really think about a particular global health issue (Perspectives). We also hope to publish interviews with prominent global health experts (Profiles). Blogs can be more chatty and topical; about a recent health-related news item, an event or a current campaign for instance. However, as most medical students go on an Elective at some point, it may be easiest to start off with an Elective report. Elective reports are published in the Elective section of while all other types of articles are in the Article section.





How to submit?

More details about each type of article are below but we also advise you to email with your ideas and briefs BEFORE you start writing so that we can give you some hints and pointers about the topic, and style of writing, you have chosen to help improve your work and increase your chances of being published on So why not have a think now about what you want to write about? It may help to read our writing guidelines below, and view the Articles we have already published so that you have a better idea about what we are after.

Once you are happy with your piece, please submit to us at – but not before reading through our Terms & Conditions. Submitted manuscripts must be solely the work of the author(s) stated, must not have been previously published elsewhere, and must not be under consideration by any other journal.

Our Review Process

All Article submissions are now peer-reviewed by student from around the world (if you are interested in becoming a reviewer yourself, please email for more information). We aim to get back to you as soon as we can but please note that because the reviewers are students just like you, it may take some time to get all the reviews together, so we ask you to please be patient.

We may ask you to revise your article in light of the reviewer comments and we would appreciate a fast turn around for this. If we decide to publish your submission, it will be lightly copy-edited and posted on the site in the Article section with a unique URL so that you can easily find and cite it.

We ask all our authors to remember that the publication process takes time and that our editorial team and reviewers may be delayed. We cannot guarantee publication or publication by a certain date but we will do our best and we ask for your patience and understanding.

General Writing Tips

Here are our top writing tips which you may find useful

  1. Write in the first person and in the active tense, for example, NOT “it is recommended that…” but rather, “I recommend…”, or “WHO recommends …”
  2. Don’t ‘overcomplicate’ your writing – keep it simple, and short! Don’t use three words where one will do and remember that not all our readers speak English as a first language.
  3. Always reference you sources when using them (use Vancouver style). Do not try to pass off unoriginal work as your own. You don’t want to be accused of plagiarising other people’s work (an offence which is not only taken very seriously by, but that could wreck your career).