Welcome to HealDove! We are a community that shares knowledge about health, wellness, and medical topics. We bring our unique perspectives—some of us are health professionals, others are patients, caregivers, or concerned friends and loved ones—but we come together here to share our wisdom with one another. Do you have a story to tell about a medical diagnosis you received and your journey toward recovery? Are you a health professional who would like to share expertise about an aspect of your practice? Are you wondering about symptoms you’ve noticed in yourself or observed in a loved one? We welcome you here.
To write for HealDove, authors must comply with HubPages’s Editorial Policy. In addition, we recognize that our readers might consult HealDove and make a decision that potentially impacts their health—and for this reason, it is critical that our authors demonstrate their credibility. Such content is held to an even higher standard than our general editorial policy because they are considered YMYL (Your Money or Your Life) topics.
How Do I Demonstrate Credibility?
When evaluating your article, we are looking for you to demonstrate credibility in one (or more) of these three ways:
- Professional experience. Are you a medical or health professional (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physical therapist, nutritionist, psychologist, etc.)? We would love to have you educate us about some aspect of your practice or professional experience.
- Personal experience. Do you have personal experience with a specific condition, either as a patient or as a caregiver? We would love to hear your unique story. If your story explores how you dealt with a particular problem or experience other people might also have, then it will likely be helpful to others.
- Citing your sources. If you do not have direct personal or professional experience with your topic, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t write for HealDove—it just means our criteria might be a bit different for you. Clearly, you’ve done your homework to write your article, and we’d like you to share where you found your information. (See “How to Cite My Sources,” below.)
How Do I Build Reader Trust?
Because your content can potentially impact your reader’s health, it is important to establish trust right from the start. Here are three easy features that appear at the very beginning of your article that will help you do just that:
- Author bio. Nothing builds trust like an author bio. Say something about who you are, what you do—and most importantly—whether you have any personal or professional experience with your topic. (Note: The About the Author Bio is different from the author profile you might already have created on HubPages.)
- Author photo. We think your dog is cute, but for the author photo it’d be great to see a picture of you. Your reader is more likely to trust your content when you’ve included a real photo of yourself.
- Use your real name. Using your real name (or a pen name), rather than a cute/clever/random moniker, can also help build reader trust. An author named “coolbeans” doesn’t sound quite as credible as an author with a name that sounds real.
Why Is It Important to Cite My Sources?
- Citing your sources will significantly boost your article's credibility.
- It will also give readers a great place to start if they’re interested in learning more.
- Want to get technical? Here’s a handy guide to APA style for citing sources. (Note: You’re not required to adhere to APA style as long as your source information is clearly and reasonably organized. We provide this link only for interested authors.)
Okay, Tell Me How to Cite My Sources…
- Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! Clearly you did some research to write your article—all you need to do now is create a “sources” section at the end of your article and list the websites, books, etc., you consulted.
- Are you writing a personal account of a medical condition or health issue? You may wish to provide context with background facts and figures about the condition. Create a “sources” section so the reader knows where you got your information.
More Tips for Crafting High-Quality Articles for HealDove:
- Original photos. Have you personally experienced a health issue or medical condition? Including original photos in your article can be a great way to engage your reader and enhance your credibility. Share a photo of your swollen ankle, your medical device, or a moment during your journey toward recovery.
- Diagrams. Diagrams depicting anatomy, biological processes, etc., are a great way to reinforce and illustrate your content. Please make sure your diagrams are clear and easy to read. Blurry or otherwise low-quality diagrams will be frustrating to your reader and will make your article seem less professional.
- Products. Have you found a product or read a book related to your topic that you think is amazing? Tell us specifically why you love this product or book. If you include a product capsule in your article, we want to know about your personal experience with that product.
Here are some examples of articles on Healdove that exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:
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If you are intrigued by our community and would like to write for Healdove, we’d love to have you! In order to set up an account to begin writing, please sign up on HubPages. Articles are initially written on our parent platform and then, if they are high enough quality, moved to one of our network sites like Healdove.