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Notes for Contributors
The CMH Blog is a progressive platform which aims to provoke dialogue around timely and emerging issues in the medical humanities. Contributions which further historical, literary, and contemporary insights into human health and healing, illness and identity, and embodiment or experience are particularly welcome.

General Submissions
Please direct all general submissions to Jane Abel.
Our site is not only open access but also accessible, and articles should be written in clear English which make stimulating and rigorous perspectives available to a wide readership. The broader community of practitioners, researchers, and experts of ‘lived experience’ who gravitate around the medical humanities are invited to contribute and collaborate, discuss and dissent, engage and enquire.

The following examples might offer a rough guide to the types of contributions we usually post, or would be interested to include on our site:

  • Analysis of current affairs or issues of public concern related to health.
  • Conceptualisations of health issues, experiences, or trends.
  • Challenges or opportunities of operating in the medical humanities.
  • Notes on theoretical or methodological contributions to the medical humanities.
  • Insights or implications of research and fieldwork.
  • Announcements of relevant conferences, workshops, edited volumes or career prospects.
  • Calls for research collaborations.

All suggestions of any kind are welcome and our General Editor is happy to guide you through initial thoughts or potential contributions. Submissions must be written in British English and should be 400-800 words in length (but more in-depth articles of 1,500 words can be negotiated). Please also include a short author’s biography, hyperlink to your relevant professional or personal website, and an email address for correspondence. Submissions will be reviewed internally by the General Editor, or externally by a relevant advisor.

Special edition collections
Please direct all special edition proposals to Jane Able.

In striving to facilitate holistic discussions around critical and unresolved issues in human health and illness, the CMH Blog has previously featured two special edition collections on cancer (2014) as well as pain (2015) in the medical humanities.

Suggestions for future edited collections of posts are welcome, as are proposals to feature as a guest editor for a forthcoming 2016 collection. This role would involve publishing a specific call for contributors as well respondents, and then guiding the collection to ensure it is ambitious, diverse, and thought-provoking. 


Relevant images make for more eye-catching and intriguing posts, but ensure they are high quality and feature a caption. If you require assistance on image quality, please contact the General Editor.

The Wellcome Images archive have a wealth of free photographic, illustrative, and documentary images to choose from.

Referencing Guidelines

All submissions must follow the The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed., author-date form for in-text reference citations:list 1-2-3 author names on every mention; list 4 or more authors by the first author name and “et al.” on every mention. Cite page range information using a colon and no space between the year and the page range. In reference list use authors’ full first names rather than initials, and use a comma separating co-authors (also when two authors). List all author names. References follow sentence capitalisation.

The Chicago Manual of Style reference examples (T in-text, and R references respectively):

Book, one author

T: (Appadurai 1996:45)

R: Appadurai, Arjun. 1996. Modernity at large: Cultural dimensions of globalization. Minneapolis: University of MinnesotaPress.

Book, two authors

T: (Brown and Levinson 1987:4–10, 13)

R: Brown, Penelope, and Stephen Levinson. 1987. Politeness: Some universals in language usage.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited volume, one editor

T: (Appadurai 1986)

R: Appadurai, Arjun (ed.). 1986. The Social life of things: Commodities in cultural perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited volume, two editors

T: (Burrawoy and Verdery 1999)

R: Burrawoy, Michael, and Katherine Verdery (eds). 1999. Uncertain transition: Ethnographies of change in the postsocialist world. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Edited volume, more than three editors

T: (Gavin et al. 1997)

R:  Jones, Gavin W., Robert M. Douglas, John C. Caldwell, and Rennie M. D’Souza (eds). 1997. The continuing demographic transition. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 

Chapter in edited volume

T: (Berdahl 2000:5–6)

R: Berdahl, Daphne. 2000. Introduction: An anthropology of postsocialism. D. Berdahl, M. Bunzl, and M. Lampland (eds), Altering states: Ethnographies of transformation in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 1–13.

T: (Humphrey and Mandel 2002:1)

R: Humphrey, Caroline, and Ruth Mandel. 2002. The Market in everyday life: Ethnographies of postsocialism. R. Mandel, and C. Humphrey (eds), Markets and moralities: Ethnographies of postsocialism. Oxford: Berg, pp. 1–16.

T: (Hann, Humphrey and Verdery 2002:22)

R: Hann, Chris, Caroline Humphrey, and Katherine Verdery. 2002. Introduction: Postsocialism as a topic of anthropological investigation. Ch. Hann (ed.), Postsocialism: Ideas, ideologies and practices in Eurasia. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–28.

Article, one author

T: (Buchowski 2006:469–470)

R: Buchowski, Michał. 2006. The specter of Orientalism in Europe: From exotic Other to stigmatized Brother.Anthropological Quarterly, 79(3): 463–482.

Article, two authors

T: (Hill and Barton 2005)

R: Hill, Russell A., and Robert A. Barton. 2005. Red enhances human performance in contests. Nature, 435: 293.

Article, three authors

T: (Kaewsarn, Moyle and Creedy 2003:359)

R: Kaewsarn, Pattaya, Wendy Moyle, and Debra Creedy. 2003. Traditional postpartum practices among Thai women. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 41(4): 358–366.

Article, more than three authors

T: (Gilbert et al. 2008:10)

R: Gilbert, Andrew, Jessica Greenberg, Elissa Helms, and Stef Jansen. 2008. Reconsidering postsocialism from the margins of Europe: Hope, time and normalcy in post-Yugoslav societies. Anthropology News, 49(8): 10–11.

Electronic sources

T: (Strecker, Meyer and Tyler 2003)

R: Strecker, Ivo, Christian Meyer, and Stephen Tyler. 2003. Rhetoric culture: Outline of a project for a study of the Interaction of rhetoric and culture. (accessed May 10, 2010).