Editorial Policy & Procedues

Author Guidelines: Editorial Policies, Procedures

This Editorial Policy must be read in conjunction with our Terms and Conditions and that all policy documents are to be read as a group of documents and not separately as individual documents.

Registration details of the Author are required for the first article submission : The submission  Guidelines can be found on the home page under the heading : Health Action (Submit Articles)

  1. Submissions

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to exercise its editorial judgment and reject any article at any time for any reason.

Unsolicited articles are welcome, although submission is always on speculation.

Editorial decisions to publish or not to publish an article are made at the discretion of Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd and are based on factors including but not limited to: relevance to the industry, interest to readers, timeliness and caliber of writing, as well as space limitations within the given publication.

Submit only complete works, rather than outlines or pitches. Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd will not consider partially completed works.

Submit content which is either exclusive content that has not been published elsewhere (e.g., on websites or in blogs, newsletters, magazines, books, etc.) or your previously published articles which you are the author of.

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd requires first right of refusal and will copyright all works selected for publication. There are no exceptions.

All submissions will be edited for accuracy, clarity, quality and length. Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd does not guarantee that authors will review their work prior to publication due to time constraints inherent in the production process.

You may include any applicable charts, graphs and images with your submission, but know that we typically cannot run every chart, graph or image due to space constraints. Please provide applicable labeling and caption information with these submissions. It is the author’s responsibility to secure the publishing rights to any charts, graphs or images submitted. Submitted charts, graphs and images should not be embedded in Word documents but saved separately as a TIFF, EPS, or JPEG file at 300 dpi resolution. Photos should be largest, high-resolution file size possible.

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd does not pay authors for unsolicited work that is selected for publication.

Submitted content should not be promotional in any way. Do not write for yourself or your employer. Write for your peers and your industry. This is a chance to showcase your thought leadership—not promote your company, products, services, etc. Offer the reader clear takeaways/next steps to maximize the full impact of your contribution.

Consider including multiple points of entry (e.g., subheadings, sidebars, stat boxes, key facts/data points).

The views expressed in all of Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd’s publications are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd.

None of the original editorial content that Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd publishes in this channel is influenced by advertisers, politicians, private or industry sponsors, members, donors, partners or collaborators.

All Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd publications staff members abide by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, and all authors interested in writing for Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd are urged to review and follow these guidelines for ethical and responsible editorial behavior.

Please submit article via e-mail. Include your name, address, company, title and e-mail address. Feature articles are roughly 500-1,500 words.

At the end of our articles, the author biography should consist of name, position, Qualifications, affiliation and an e-mail address where the author can be reached for more information.

  1. Knowledge and Research

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd supports the meaningful exchange of information to help create an environment that fosters the continuation of knowledge, thought leadership and a free exchange of ideas. Such an environment requires the authors of Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd’s submissions/assigned stories to share their research findings and insights, if applicable, upon submission.

When quoting others’ work, include attributions within the body copy following journalistic, Associated Press style. Do not include footnotes, end-notes or lists of references.

  1. Editorial Integrity:

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd journalistic responsibility is to ensure that where ever possible distinction is between news, features, reference, and other editorial information. The separation of independent editorial information from advertising.

4. Editorial Independence:

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd maintains exemplary principles of accuracy, objectivity, and responsible, independent reporting and maintains a high standard when viewing editorial content.

5. Journalistic Excellence:

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd maintains traditional journalistic principles of excellence in reporting original news for the Website and in reviewing and corroborating information from other sources.

6. Copyright

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd copyrights all original editorial content that is published in its media channels.

All writers whose original submissions are accepted may sign copyright forms. By doing so, the writers are saying that he or she is the sole owner of the material and that it is original, and he/she grants Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd rights regarding his/her material, including rights to edit, re-title and reprint it, and to grant permission to others to reprint it. Articles are edited by Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd’s staff of professional editors, who generally rewrite all titles, subtitles, and subheads to conform to the magazine’s style. Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd will not accept responsibility in case of loss.

  1. Censorship

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to exercise its editorial judgment. Editorial decisions to publish or not to publish a submitted article are made at the discretion of Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd and are based on factors including but not limited to: relevance to the industry, interest to readers, timeliness and caliber of writing, as well as space limitations within the given publication.

  1. Plagiarism

Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd) requests that authors ensure that where content belongs to an original author that such content, notes the previously published work with the proper citation within the newly submitted article.

  1. Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest may arise in a variety of situations therefore, the author is required to be fully transparent and inform Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd of any such conflict.

  1. After Publication

All authors are encouraged to promote their Health.co.za contributions once they are published by Healthcoza (Pty) Ltd via personal and company websites, social media outlets, e-mails to colleagues and peers, etc.