Article Formatting Guidance


Having a standardised approach to formatting articles ensures that readers have a consistent experience and that the website, as a whole, feels cohesive. As a result, we’ve created some guidelines to assist you when writing your article.

If you’re writing a clinically focused article, you should also read our guide to appropriately writing and structuring clinical articles, to increase the chances of it being published on the Geeky Medics website.


Headings (H1)

  • Each major section of your article should have a main heading (we’ll call this “H1” – e.g. this section’s “H1” heading is “Headings”).

Sub-heading (H2)

  • You can then use sub-headings to further break down major sections (“H2”)

A sub-heading, within a sub-heading (H3)

  • If required, you can use smaller sub-headings to break down content beneath a sub-heading even further (“H3” )

This is one too many levels of headings (H4)

  • You should avoid using any further levels of sub-headings (e.g. “H4”).

Text styling

Tips

  • When formatting posts avoid adding coloured fonts to the body of the text.
  • Avoid excessive use of italics. There are times when italics can be useful but avoid overuse where possible.

References

  • To reference a piece of text, use the superscript format¹ to add a number which refers to your references section at the end of the article.
  • You should add a references section at the end of your article and include a numbered list of references that relate to the superscript numbers throughout the post.
  • Reference images by adding the relevant superscript number to the text you want to be included in the image’s caption.

How standard references should be structured

  1. Author/organisation. Title of article/paper. Date of publication. [Link to the source]

Here is an example…

  1. Geeky Medics. Cardiovascular Examination – OSCE Guide. Published in 2011. [LINK]

 

How image references should be structured

Figure 1. Author/organisation. Title/explanation of what image shows. [Image licence, including a link to the terms of the licence] [Link to the source image]

Here is an example…

  1. AfroBrazilian. Hinged forceps. [CC BY-SA] [LINK]

Images

Sending images to us

If possible, you should include the original versions of the images you have imported into your article as separate attachments in your email to us. This makes it easier for us to add these images to the web version of your article (rather than us trying to extract them from a Word document).

Copyright

If images are included, it’s important that references are provided (using the superscript method mentioned above).

Finding images with appropriate licencing

When adding an image to an article, it is best to use Google image search as this allows you to search for images with the appropriate rights:
1. When using Google image search, there is a menu item called “Tools”.
2. If you click “Tools” you’ll be presented with a sub-menu which has an option for “Usage rights”.
3. You can then choose any of the “Labelled for reuse” fields
4. Often images require attribution as mentioned above and on Wikipedia based images you can click the “Use this file on the Web” button, which will produce suggested reference text you can use.
5. If you have any doubts on this you can contact us to review further.

Seeking a senior review

To improve the quality of our resources, we require a senior review of all articles. If you can arrange for someone senior (e.g. a Registrar or Consultant in the relevant specialty) to read through your article, this will increase the chances of your article being published and expedite the publishing process. The reviewer can also have their name included in the article (should they wish).


Sending your final draft

Once you’ve written your article and you’ve had someone senior review it, you can email it to us via [email protected] We’ll then review the article and begin to format it for the website. The time between when you submit the article and when it is published on the site varies depending on the amount of further editing that is required and the number of submissions at that time.

In some cases, we will not publish an article if we feel it doesn’t meet an appropriate standard of quality.