Submission guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article. Dental Economics accepts open article submissions. Please review our submission guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

Submission Guidelines

Endeavor Business Media | Dental Group 

Publishers of

Dental Economics | DentistryIQ | Perio-Implant Advisory | RDH

Updated June 4, 2019

Submission Guidelines

Endeavor Business Media | Dental Group

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article to the Dental Group of Endeavor Business Media, publishers of Dental Economics, DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and RDH. Here you will find submission guidelines, contact information, publication timing, and answers to frequently asked questions. You will also find the rules we follow to protect editorial integrity and preserve our readers' trust.

How to Submit an Article

Email your article in a Word document to the appropriate editor. Please see the Editorial Contacts section (page 11) for more information.

Also include the following with your submission:

·      Professional headshot

Deadlines for Submission 

Articles may be submitted at any time. Articles accepted for publication will be published as availability allows.

To be considered for a specific issue of Dental Economics or RDH, articles must be received at least two months ahead of publication. The table below provides examples:

            Print Issue                   Deadline to Submit Articles

            January 2020               November 1, 2019

            February 2020             December 1, 2019

            March 2020                January 1, 2020


Article Formatting 

Please follow the formatting guidelines below.

·       Arial font

·       12-point type

·       1” margins

·       Double spaced

·       One space after periods  

What to Include in Your Word Document 

At the top of your article, include the following:

·       Author name and credentials (e.g, Jane Doe, DMD, MAGD)

·       Author email address

·       Author phone number

At the end of your article, include the following: 

·       References

·       Author bio

Author Bio 

In your Word document, please include a bio of 75 words or fewer at the end of your article. Your bio will be published alongside your headshot.

We encourage you to include contact information in your bio, such as an e-mail address and/or phone number, so readers can reach you directly.

You may tastefully plug your services in your bio. For example, "Contact Mr. Griffin for information on financial planning at (555) 555-5555." However, these plugs should not be overtly commercial. We reserve the right to revise bios that we feel are too self-promotional.

 If you are interested in plugging your services further, we may work with you to create an author's note. Alternatively, we may suggest contacting one of our sales persons for advertising info.

Disclosures of Financial Relationships

 If you have a financial relationship with any products or services mentioned, this must be disclosed in the bio. For example, "Dr. Smith is a spokesperson for Dental Products Corp. Products mentioned are used in the regular course of practice."

Author Photo

Include a high-resolution, professional headshot with your submission. This will be included at the end of your article alongside your bio. If your headshot is a selfie or something similarly nonprofessonal, we will publish your bio only.

Copyright Agreement

We cannot publish your article until you have signed and returned our standard copyright agreement. The copyright agreement will be provided to you after your article is accepted for publication.

Article Length 

You may submit an article of any length. Our general recommendations are these:

  • For print magazines, we prefer feature articles to be 1,500 words or fewer. For case studies that include photos, 500–750 words is usually sufficient. (For reference, a one-page print article is about 750 words. A two-page print article that includes a photo is about 1,500 words.)
  • For digital articles, we suggest aiming for 600–1,200 words

We reserve the right to limit article length based on relevant publishing issues.

Artwork, Figures, Photos, and Tables 

We encourage you to submit artwork, figures, photos, and tables that you have created. Do not submit stock photos.

Do not submit anything that has been published by someone else unless you've obtained explicit permission to republish it.

Submit high-resolution images, especially if your article is for print publication. If files are too large to email (over 10 MB), please set up a drop box for transferring items. 

Authors are responsible for collecting photo releases. These should be submitted with your article.


Articles must contain references where appropriate. This includes the following cases:

·       Quoting other sources

·       Citing data and statistics that you did not generate

·       Paraphrasing another source

·       Crosslinking to another source, in most cases 

Use endnotes. Citations in articles should appear in numerical sequence.

In general, our policy is to follow the citation style of the American Medical Assocation Manual of Style. Submitting a URL as a reference is insufficient.


All articles should be original the author. Plagiarism is not tolerated. Acts of plagiarism are grounds for permanently ending relationships with authors. 

Previously Published Work 

We do not publish previously published work. This includes blog posts from the author's website, marketing materials, etc.  

Acceptance Process

We do our best to promptly let authors know that we have received their submissions.

Articles are judged on merit. In most cases, you will be notified on whether or not we will publish your article within two weeks.

If you have not heard from us and think you should have, please let us know! We receive many submissions, and sometimes emails are marked mistakenly as spam by servers.

It is not uncommon for us to recommend that another one of our publications is a better fit for your article. This is especially true for open submissions.

Advertising Considerations 

Articles accepted for publication may be given weighted publication preference due to advertising considerations. For example, publication in a specific issue of Dental Economics may be possible due to advertising in the issue, as advertising allows us to increase our page budgets. However, all articles are held to the same high editorial standards regardless of advertising.

Republication Restrictions and Reprints

Endeavor Business Media assumes copyright of all published material pursuant to the copyright agreement. Published articles may not be republished in other magazines, on websites, etc., without the express written consent from the senior editor of the Endeavor Business Media Dental Group.

Reprints, both electronic and print, are available for purchase. Please contact Brian Rosebrook ([email protected]) for a quote.   


Monetary compensation is generally unavailable for articles. However, compensation may be available for RDH content and articles for the Product Navigator e-newsletter. 

Writing Suggestions 

Pick a writing style that suits you. If you are having trouble conquering your topic, think of your article as a story. Tell your story in as many words as you need to best inform, entertain, and educate the reader.

As a rule of thumb, keep things focused and condensed. Rambling articles do not hold the attention of readers—or editors—for very long.

You should strongly consider including specific examples and data to support your article’s thesis.

Please avoid writing that is too general and too commercial, such as the following:

            • Too general:

            “Communication builds a bridge to the future for your team.

            Make sure you communicate with them every day!

There is no clear advice presented here. A better approach would be to give examples of bad communication, explain why it’s bad, and so on.

            • Too commercial:

            “UltraGlow was a real lifesaver in my office, thanks

            to its patented Glimmer Technology. It’s the best polishing system I’ve ever used!”

While we don’t shy away from product mentions in our articles, we want to keep the commerciality toned down. 

You only have to mention a product once or twice to get the point across; multiple mentions and superlative language are a turn-offs for readers. Saying a product is the best is potentially dishonest and lessens your credibility as a writer. 

Rules on Product Mentions 

Plugs of products, services, etc., can be done if they are tasteful. This is especially true if it helps the reader understand how to use a particular product in a procedure or case study. We do not publish promotional or overtly advertorial material.

Sponsored and Supported Articles

 If we feel that an article is overtly commercial, we will present the option of having the article labeled as supported or sponsored.


For digital content, we insert crosslinks to related content. We reserve the right to link to an article written by someone you consider a competitor. This is done to be helpful to the reader and maintain our editorial integrity.

You may provide crosslinks in your articles. However, these are subject to evaluation and may be deleted if we feel they are overtly commercialized.

House Style

Articles will be edited according to our in-house style. Our style is a set of rules that we have developed over time that create consistency, improve readability, and preserve editorial integrity. Examples of important style points are as follows: 

Styling of Company and Product Names

Company and product names often have special formatting that is meant to add to marketing appeal. However, our style is to use basic spelling and grammar rules to dictate how names are presented. We have found that this consistent among major journals and, in the end, gives stronger editorial credibility. Also, we do not publish trademark symbols or registration marks, which are only necessary in marketing materials.


Submitted Name                            Edited Name

SCULPT Cement                       Sculpt Cement

DENTSPLY                                    Dentsply

SUPERbond                               Superbond

Flowable smooth+                         Flowable Smooth+

digi-impression                              Digi-impression

DATAtech Inc.                               Datatech Inc.

If a word is in all caps because it is an acronym, we do not edit it. Examples include DEXIS, CEREC, and GLO.

 We consider the following case of an "acronym" to be marketing:

            EQUATE                      Everyday use

                                                Quick drying

                                                Use multiple times

                                                Always efficient


                                                Easy application                          

Therefore, EQUATE becomes Equate. 

Order of credentials

Credentials are listed in the following order:

1.     Educational degrees

2.     Registrations

3.     Certifications

4.     Affiliations

If an author has multiple degrees, these are listed in order of most advanced to least advanced. If two degrees are of equal advancement, they are alphabetized.

Within other categories of credentials, items are alphabetized.


·       Jane Doe, PhD, MSc, RDH, CDA

·       John Smith, DDS, PhD, FAGD

·       Mary Jones, DDS, JD, MBA, CFP, CPA, FAACD

·       Mike Thompson, BS, RDH

Editorial Contacts 

Please submit your article to the appropriate editor below.


Amelia Williamson DeStefano adestefano!


Dental Economics

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD  |  Chief Editor | [email protected]

RDH magazine

Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH | Chief Editor | [email protected]


DE Weekend

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Meg Kaiser | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Through the Loupes

Stacey Gividen, DDS | Editorial Director

Vicki Cheeseman | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Dental Assisting Digest

Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Meg Kaiser | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Dental Office Manager Digest

Kyle Summerford | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Sara Joyce | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Perio-Implant Advisory

Scott Froum, DDS | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Vicki Cheeseman | Associate Editor | [email protected]

Morning Briefing

Elizabeth Leaver | Editor | [email protected]

RDH eVillage

Amelia Williamson DeStefano | Editor | [email protected]

RDH Graduate

Amber Auger | Editorial Director | [email protected]


Dental Economics

Pamelia Maragliano-Muniz, DMD | Chief Editor | [email protected]


                  Editor-in-Chief                                     David Rice, DDS | [email protected]

                  Clinical Section                                 Vicki Cheeseman | [email protected]

                  Dental Assistants Section                    Meg Kaiser | [email protected]

                  Dental Office Managers Section            Sara Joyce | [email protected]

                  Dental Hygienists Section                    Amelia Williamson DeStefano | [email protected]

                  Practice Management Section              Meg Kaiser | [email protected]

                  Products Section                               Vicki Cheeseman | [email protected]

Perio-Implant Advisory

Scott Froum, DDS | Editorial Director | [email protected]

Vicki Cheeseman | Associate Editor | [email protected]


Jackie Sanders, MBA, RDH | Chief Editor | [email protected]

Further Questions 

Further questions may be sent to Senior Editor Amelia Williams DeStefano ([email protected]).