Editorial Policies and Author’s Guidelines

1. Unsolicited submissions are welcome, and such submissions are always on speculation. Massage & Fitness Magazine reserves the right to exercise its editorial judgment and reject any article at any time for any reason.

2. Editors’ decision to accept or reject a submission depends on various factors, including but not limited to: relevance to the profession, interest to readers, timeliness and caliber of writing, fluency of the English language and written communication, accuracy, and up-to-date information.

3. Submissions must be exclusive to Massage & Fitness Magazine and not have been published elsewhere. No exceptions.

4. If accepted, submissions will be edited for length, accuracy, wordiness, clarity, and quality, if needed. Submissions with too many errors will be sent back for revision or be rejected.

5. Massage & Fitness Magazine is an online science publication primarily for massage therapists and other manual therapists worldwide who are interested in the science of pain, touch, and exercise and want to learn how they can bridge research with their practice and clients/patients.

It is also a resource for the public seeking accurate information about pain, manual therapy, exercise, and similar topics. Thus, the content must be up-to-date and accurate in the fields of (not limited to) biology, psychology, neuroscience, kinesiology, and ethical business practices. We also cover legal, educational, and some personal stories from therapists and patients, tying their experiences to help us understand pain and touch better.

6. No submissions to Massage & Fitness Magazine should be influenced by advertisers, politicians, private or industry sponsors, donors, partners, or collaborators.

7. Submit only completed manuscripts. Do not email pitches or ideas. They will not be responded. We do not accept partially completed works or manuscripts riddled with errors (e.g. spelling, grammar, accuracy of content).

8. No self-promotion or promotion of a company, organization, product, etc. Do not write for yourself or your employer. Write for the public and the profession.

9. Include any applicable charts, graphs, and images with your submission, but know that we typically cannot run every chart, graph or image due to page formatting, even though we are an online publication. Please provide applicable labeling and caption information with these submissions. Images must be in JPG, TIFF, or PNG format and be at least 300dpi resolution. Pixelated images won’t be accepted.

10. PLAGIARISM: WE DO NOT ACCEPT ANY PLAGIARIZED WORKS, including those that are “self-plagiarized.” Photos, graphs, charts, illustrations, and other works of art must be attributed to the original author and must have the original creator’s permission prior to submission. It is also the authors’ responsibility to secure publishing rights to all images and artworks before submitting.

11. Massage & Fitness Magazine does not pay for unsolicited manuscripts that are selected for publication.

12. The views expressed in all of the Massage & Fitness Magazine’s publications are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the Massage & Fitness Magazine.

13. Unless it’s an Opinion piece, all submissions must have citations to back up claims. Opinion submissions should have citations if authors choose to support or refute a claim with evidence.

14. We use AP Style of in our content. Manuscripts with high grammar, spelling, syntax, and other similar errors will not be accepted. Use “ ” and ‘ ’, not straight marks (” ‘). Spell out acronyms of professions (e.g. massage therapy/therapists, not MT).

15. All Massage & Fitness Magazine authors and editors must abide the guidelines set by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, and all authors interested in writing with us are urged to review and follow these guidelines for ethical and responsible editorial behavior.

16. Submit your manuscript in Word Document format. Do not use footnotes. Instead, highlight keywords in the sentence and link it.

17. Submit your manuscript via e-mail. Include your name, address, company, title and e-mail address.

18. Bios: Provide your name, occupation, education, and an e-mail address where you can be reached for more information. If you are active on social media, please provide the link where people can follow you (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn).

19. Style of writing: Although Massage & Fitness Magazine is a science-based trade publication primarily for the public as of November 15, 2019, we are not an academic journal. Thus, our style and “voice” is a mix of classic journalism (e.g. The New Yorker, The Conversation, Scientific American) and science blogging (e.g. Body in Mind, HealthSkillz). Present your topic in a storytelling manner by providing anecdotes and examples, and tie that with the more technical topic.

20. Copyright: Massage & Fitness Magazine copyrights all original editorial content that is published in its media channels. There are no exceptions.

21. After Publication: All authors are encouraged to promote their work via Massage & Fitness Magazine once they are published by Massage & Fitness Magazine’s via personal and company websites, social media outlets, e-mails to peers and clients, etc.

Submit manuscript to editor@massagefitnessmag.com.

Updated: June 14, 2020.