DO YOU WANT TO WRITE FOR US?
Wonderful! We're always accepting submissions.
If you are a practicing herbalist, certified aromatherapist, registered aromatherapist, botanist, horticulturist or licensed/registered healthcare professional who works with plants, you may be eligible to write for our magazine.
STEP ONE: CONTACT JON
Email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself and ask for our current submissions schedule to see which issues still have openings available. It’s helpful to have a couple of ideas for topics that appeal to you or fall within your area of expertise ready.
STEP TWO: WRITE
Once Jon has approved your topic idea, you’ll write your article. Keep in mind that our audience is mainly comprised of practicing healthcare professionals and students of herbalism and aromatherapy. You'll want to write in a conversational, professional tone, as if you are presenting to a group of knowledgeable colleagues at a conference.
Things to know
Your article can be anywhere between 800 - 2,500 words in length and must be submitted in American English. Please do not send articles longer than 2500 words without prior approval from Jon.
Accepted article formats are Word .doc files, Google .doc files, and .txt files.
Prior to submitting your article, you must have it proofread and fact checked. (All data must be fact-checked and/or cited.) Please make all grammar, spelling, and punctuation corrections prior to submission or your article may be returned to you.
All references must be cited via numbered notations within the article and a full list of corresponding numbered references at the end of the article. (Place citation numbers outside punctuation.)
All health claims must be backed up by a cited reference within the article and a full list of corresponding numbered references at the end of the article.
Articles that promote or encourage the sale or use of products derived from endangered species will not be published.
Please only submit articles that have not been previously published elsewhere, including your own website.
Please only use 1 space between the period that ends a sentence and the first letter of the next sentence. In the US, punctuation is placed inside quotation marks.
do not include
references to plants that are at-risk, endangered, or unsustainably harvested or products derived from those species, even in recipes (this is another resource). This includes references to essential oils derived from these species that are still being produced and made available on the market. References to products derived from endangered or at-risk species will be removed from your article.
references to plants or plant materials that cannot be grown / harvested in North America in quantities sufficient to support the industry (including Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, etc. - references to these plants will be removed from your article)
brand names or trademarks in relation to essential oils
the phrase "therapeutic grade" in reference to essential oils
recommendations for ingestion or neat use of essential oils
the words "treat," "treatment," “prevent” (can be used only with a cited reference to a very good study/trial), “cure,” “heal,” “healing,” “patient” or “medicine” (i.e. “herbal medicine”)
Note: If you are a licensed medical doctor, licensed naturopathic doctor, or are a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, you may use the words treat, treatment, prevent, patient, and medicine in your article.
hyperlinks, website text, or references to websites other than your own or references to other professionals in the industry (footnotes/citations allowed, of course)
references to: mythology, astrology, alcoholic drinks, smoking, “detoxing,” politics, cannabis, or controversial healthcare topics like vaccination
sales pitches for your own product, company, or service; your bio/ad is where you can share this information
abbreviations, i.e. “EOs” instead of “essential oils”
STEP THREE: SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE
Once you've finished your article, have had it proofread and fact-checked, and have corrected any errors, you are ready to choose a title and submit your article! Try to develop a clever or informational title that will capture the attention of readers and make them want to read your article.
To make your submission, please do so through this form. If you have already had an article published in a past issue of the magazine, you may use this form instead.
You will need to have the following items ready to submit an article:
a brief professional bio (no more than 100 words)
a professional quality headshot (300dpi) + photographer credit/website (Please make sure you have the photographer's permission to use the photo.)
your contact information (web address, email address, relevant social media links, etc. - however you'd like readers to be able to find you)
a 1/4 page ad, sized at 5" tall and 3.5" wide at 300dpi; pdf or jpg format accepted
(If you do not have a Google account, the form may not let you access it. Contact Jon if you have any issues.)
Once you have submitted your article or recipe, please wait to submit it elsewhere until you hear back from us. We respond to all submission requests within 10 business days. Once we have notified you that we have accepted your article or recipe for publication, please do not publish or submit it for publication elsewhere. We reserve the first right to publish. If you wish to use the article or recipe on your own website, you may do so 6 months after the magazine issue in which it is being published is released.
Please include the following statement with the article if you choose to publish it on your own website: "This article was originally published in the [insert Month/Year] issue of AromaCulture Magazine (www.aromaculture.com) and has been adapted for use here with permission from the publisher."
*Note: Articles that are submitted must go through a review process and are not guaranteed to be published. In rare cases, our editors may decide that your article is not suitable to be included in the magazine issue. This could happen as late as the publication date of the magazine issue. If this is the case, we will notify you via email and you will then be free to publish your article elsewhere. This does not happen often, but it is a possibility to be aware of and it usually occurs because your article contains material that does not fall within our submissions guidelines or requires heavy editing to fall within them. When we do choose to publish an article, we may edit it for grammatical purposes or to align with our submissions guidelines.
HOW ARE OUR AUTHORS COMPENSATED?
Each author whose article is accepted for publication will receive the following in exchange for their article:
a complimentary 1/4 page interactive ad in the issue in which your article appears ($250 value)
a complimentary digital copy of the issue in which your article is published
an interactive author feature space that includes your bio, photograph and clickable contact information so our readers can find you directly from your article
Photos submitted with your article are not guaranteed to be included with your article in the magazine. If you do choose to submit photos, they must be your own, taken by you, and you must let us know in writing that you took the photos yourself and consent to have them included in the publication with your article. There is no guarantee that we will include them with your article, but you are welcome to submit them for consideration. Photos taken in natural, diffused light are more likely to be included than photos taken in harsh, bright, mid-day sun or with artificial lighting.
Please do not submit your article to other publications until 3+ years after it has been published in our magazine. If an article published in our magazine is going to be published elsewhere after this 3 year period, please include the following statement in the article: "This article was originally published in the [insert Month/Year] issue of AromaCulture Magazine (www.aromaculture.com) and has been adapted for use here with permission from the publisher." We would also appreciate it if you would send us an email to let us know that you will be published elsewhere so we can share your work.
for professionals, book authors & brands:
If you have a book, product or service you would like us to consider featuring in the magazine, on our blog, in an email newsletter, or on our resources page, please click here.
We reserve the right to update or change these guidelines at any time without notice. We also reserve the right edit all articles and recipes as we see fit to align with our submissions guidelines, safety guidelines, and for basic grammar, spelling, and readability purposes.