Overview and Purpose of Research Column

Objective

The objective of Research Column is to highlight the interdisciplinary research in the field of youth media health effects by having authors write about this research–whether their own or other, existing/emerging research.

Intended Audience

Research Column is for anyone interested in the research on how media and technology (including, but not limited to, broadcast, social, and emerging forms of media) affect the health and development (including physical, mental and social-emotional health and development) of youth. This audience includes, but is not limited to: researchers, educators, students, librarians, clinicians, and other professionals. Non-researchers are always welcomed to read Research Column.

Topics Covered

Posts that highlight research-based effects of media and technology on youth ages 0 to 24 are preferred. All topics must be proposed to the editorial team for review.

Writing and Style Guidelines

Disclosures/Conflicts of Interest

Authors must identify and clearly state any conflicts of interest or personal stake in any company or industry that they are discussing. No posts that include the blatant promotion of products or services for which the author receives remuneration are allowed. If products or services are discussed, the author must include a statement that they did not receive financial compensation. Conflicts of interest may disqualify authors from writing for the blog.

Length

In general, posts on Research Column will range from 500 to 3000 words in order to encourage a mix of both short and long-form entries. Please speak to the editorial team if you are interested in exceeding the upper limit.

Language

  • Profanity, obscenity, fearmongering, and/or hate speech will not be tolerated. No sensationalized language allowed.
  • Authors must use gender-inclusive language and the singular “they” where possible.
  • The preferred term when discussing media “addiction” is “Problematic Interactive Media Use” (PIMU).

No Misinformation or Disinformation

The author is responsible for fact-checking their work and ensuring that everything in their article is accurate. No posts based on pseudoscience will be tolerated. Any posts with a deliberate or unintentional attempt to deceive will be rejected.

References

Credit all sources. All citations must be from reputable sources, publishers, and/or journals. Citations from predatory publishers/journals are not allowed. Posts will typically refer to citations that exist in the Media Health Effects database. If using references not included in the database, they may be added prior to the post’s publication. While citations are necessary, they do not need to be formatted to a specific citation style as posts will include inline links to the MHE database and/or the original source.

Plagiarism

All Research Column posts must be original works written by the author. Submitted posts cannot be published elsewhere in part or whole.

Copyright

All published posts are property of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Submission Guidelines

Editorial Review

All written submissions are subject to edits and approval by the editorial team, who reserve the right to make minor style and grammatical changes prior to submission without the author’s approval. If the post needs moderate or major revisions, the author will have the opportunity to review these edits prior to posting.

Submissions

We welcome proposals for posts on a rolling basis. Please reach out to the editorial team with a brief written description of an idea.

All submissions must include:

  1. An image to represent the author. While a professional photo/headshot of the author is preferred, any other digital image that the author owns the right to can be used, or you can choose from one of our digital avatars.
  2. A 2-3 sentence bio that will appear at the beginning of the author’s blog post that includes their full name and professional title.
  3. A link to the author’s website or social media account of their choosing.

Optional: An image to which the author owns the rights, which will be included with the post. If the author does not have an image they can share, we will use a stock image. We reserve the right to decline any photos submitted by the author.