Article Submission Guidelines

  • Mission Statement – to provide education using science based information and traditional knowledge to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine, provide a forum for communication between members and provide articles of interest to our members –serving the members of the CHA of BC, the public, educators and health care professionals
  • Target Audience: All members of the CHA of BC.
  •  All submitted articles will be reviewed with the question in mind: “how can a herbalist use this information? Is this article relevant and of use to a fellow herbalist?”. Also of possible interest to other holistic health care professionals (e.g., naturopaths, aromatherapists)
  • If you want to submit an article for the CHA of BC, we recommend that you read back copies of our newsletter online to see the kind of natural health articles we publish. Content should be kept to a fairly high level of understanding as newsletters target audience includes professional herbalists.
  • Infomercial: articles that promotes a product, company, event,  person, etc. are generally considered infomercial, and are treated as paid articles. Refer to the Advertisement page for associated fees.
  • Please be aware that like other newsletters, we commission our articles several months in advance so it is not appropriate to submit an article for Christmas in December, or even October. Appropriate articles may be filed for future publication in our newsletter.
  • Acceptance of the articles will be at the discretion of the Editor and the Newsletter Board.
  • Pieces accepted for publication must be related to herbal medicine and holistic health or fit an existing column or feature section and will be assigned accordingly by the Editor and team.
  • Articles must be relevant to the continuing education of a professional herbalist and all members of the CHA of BC.
  • Article Categories:
    • Materia Medica article.
    • Herbal Medicine articles.
    • General holistic health related articles.
    • Book Reviews.
    • Note:  we do not create general theme topics for our newsletter – as this may impair the amount of suitable submissions we receive each issue.
  •  Submission Procedure: submissions must include a short bio including: contact information, including name, mailing address, telephone number, E-mail address, or website. Please provide your credentials, expertise, training, company, and website in your bio.
  • Style:
    • Length of Article submissions -simple is best, 500 words, is ideal
    • Larger article Submissions or short information articles or paragraphs can also be considered and should generally be between 400 and 2000 words, exceptions may be granted by the Editor under certain circumstances.
    • Articles should be sent single-spaced in Times New Roman, font size 12. Do not embed the article into your email—please attach it in a Microsoft Word document file or an equivalent Mac file.
    • Abbreviations should be written out the first time they are used in parenthesis e.g. chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Abbreviate common medical terms in lowercase (e.g., t.i.d., b.i.d., etc.).
  •  Review and Copyright:
    • Articles already published in other magazines and/or newsletters will not be permitted for reprinting unless the article has included permission to reprint by the previous publication.
    • All articles are peer-reviewed. The Editors reserve the right to make editorial and literary corrections to all material submitted. The Editors also reserve the right to refuse any material. The work must not be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
    • Our newsletter requires full disclosure of copyright information.
    • Upon submission of an article, the author confirms that the CHA of BC has full permission to use the article in our newsletter and confirms that the article has not been printed elsewhere. If the article has already been printed and is previously copyrighted then the author is responsible for providing us with a written permission from the previous journal to reprint.
    • The author is responsible to disclose if the article has been published in another journal and the author is responsible to confirm that they have retained copyright information of the writings. If an article has been previously reprinted, we require written permission from the previous publisher before reprinting the article.
    • The CHA of BC will have copyright of the articles for a period of 3 month from the date the article was published on the CHA of BC Newsletter. After that, the copyright reverts back to the author. Authors retain electronic rights.
  • What Happens after an article has been submitted:
    • Submissions are reviewed by our editor and team.
    • If your submission is chosen, we will contact you.
    • Submitted articles may be filed for future publication.
    • Edits are made as determined by the editor and assistant editor(s).
  • To submit an article:
    • If you are a non-member, please refer to the “Advertisement“page for the associated fees, and the ad application form.
    • If you are a member, please log into the “All Members” private area for the email to use to submit your article.