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Thank you for your interest in contributing to P.S.Blog.

We publish posts and articles of interest to health care professionals, patient safety professionals, and patients and health care consumers. Because our audience comprises individuals with a range of experience, the range of topics and content can be diverse.

Particular areas of interest include the following:
  • Innovations in patient safety
  • “How to” articles
  • Professional development
  • Health information technology and patient safety
  • “Voice of the Patient” or “Voice of the Provider” stories (with lessons learned)
  • Human factors engineering
  • Opinion articles about solving or improving a patient safety issue or a professional challenge.
Tips for writers:
  • Content should be the author’s original work, not previously published.
  • Posts and article should specifically address some aspect of patient safety.
  • Articles should be technically accurate, with references and hyperlinks to other sources or references where needed.
  • Manuscripts should adhere to NPSF style guidelines.
  • Content that promotes a commercial product, service, or company will not be accepted for publication.

Blog posts are generally more conversational in tone than papers for academic journals. If you are interested in writing about research studies or other projects reporting data, we recommend submitting a proposal or summary before submitting a completed manuscript.


Manuscripts/proposals and completed articles should be double-spaced, excluding references, charts, and figures.

Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including a brief biographical sketch of the authors, names, titles, affiliation, and location. All materials submitted should be in text document format (i.e., Word).

Submissions and all correspondence should be sent to the editor, Patricia McTiernan, at

Length of posts:
Blog posts are generally shorter than magazine articles. We aim for 500 to 1,000 words. If more space is needed to cover a complex issue, please contact us before you submit or submit an abstract for review.

Review process: All content will be reviewed by NPSF editorial staff. Should your work be accepted elsewhere during our review period, please let us know as soon as possible.

We cannot guarantee that any particular submission will be published. All manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to editing. Editorial revisions will be reviewed with the author after acceptance and prior to publication.

Citations and references: As noted above, we prefer to use hyperlinks to referenced works whenever possible. When references are necessary, we use a modified reference style:

  • Within the body of the article, list the author’s name and the date of publication in parentheses: (Hendee 2010)
  • If there is no “author” (if, for example, the author is an organization), reference the abbreviated title within the body: (Unmet Needs, 2010)
  • In a Reference List at the end, list all references alphabetically by author or title of work, using AMA style for the complete reference. For example:
    • American Association of Physicists in Medicine. CT Scan Protocols. Accessed June 13, 2011.
    • Hendee, WR, Becker, GI, Borgstede, JP, et al. Addressing overutilization in medical imaging. Radiology. 2010:257:240-245.
Copyright transfer: Authors are required to review and sign a Copyright Release and Authorship Responsibility form.

All submissions and editorial correspondence should be addressed to Patricia McTiernan.
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