Information for Authors

Arthritis Self-Management is written for the growing number of people with arthritis who want to know more about managing their condition. Our readers need up-to-date and authoritative information on exercise, nutrition, medications, surgical options, medical advances, pain management, stress and emotions, and a host of other how-to subjects so they can make informed choices about managing their arthritis.

The rule of thumb for any article we publish is that it must be clear, concise, interesting, useful, and instructive, and it must have immediate application to the day-to-day life of our readers. For that reason, we do not publish personal experiences, personality profiles, exposés, or research breakthroughs. Our audience ranges from the person newly diagnosed with arthritis—and with little knowledge about it—to individuals who have been intimately involved in their own treatment for many years and are extremely knowledgeable about arthritis. We do not assume knowledge of our audience, but we do assume intelligence and are careful not to write down to our readers.

Most articles range from 2,000 to 2,500 words. We do not accept previously published material. While we buy all rights, we are extremely generous regarding permission to republish. Articles are published with bylines, and payment is made on publication. Kill fees are 20%.


  • Use plain English; avoid medical jargon, but where appropriate for understanding, explain technical terms in simple, easily understood language. The writing style should be accessible and upbeat.
  • The article should be addressed to the reader. For example, “You’ll see . . .” is preferable to “It will be seen that . . .”
  • Information should be accurate, up-to-date, and from reliable sources. References from lay publications are not acceptable.
  • Tables, charts, drawings and sidebars are particularly useful when they are concise, illustrative, and help explain the text. Photographs are generally not accepted.
  • Authors are encouraged to include with their article a list of suggested readings to be published as a sidebar.

Query via e-mail with a brief rationale. If your query is accepted, expect heavy editorial supervision. Manuscripts are accepted via e-mail.

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