Life Science Leader Editorial Guidelines

Life Science Leader (LSL) is designed for executives in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Our articles are intended to showcase business best practices and learnings while not presenting the content in an overly technical/scientific way.

Submitting An Article To LSL

Life Science Leader does accept bylined articles, but only a limited amount run in each issue. You first need to send Editorial Director Dan Schell a brief abstract of the topic you are suggesting. The following are the guidelines for submitting an article:

  1. The content must be original. If the article has been published on another site or in print, it will not be considered.
  2. We are a B2B magazine, so we do not accept overly technical/scientific topics or articles.
  3. The article cannot be promotional either directly or indirectly (e.g., leading the reader to only one conclusion which happens to be the solution your company offers).
  4. Ideally, we want an end user (i.e., pharma or bio manufacturer, not a CMO, CRO, vendor, etc.) to participate in any department-level article. We ask for at least 1,500 words for these kinds of articles.
  5. The only exception to including an end user in an article is the Industry Leader article. These are written by a top executive (no PR, marketing, or biz dev titles are allowed) and discuss a common trend that impacts our audience. We get an abundance of these, and they run on a first-come-first-serve basis. We ask for 550-625 words for these kinds of articles.
  6. We do not print/provide footnotes, references, etc.
  7. Be sure to include the author’s information (e.g. brief bio, title, and headshot).
  8. With any bylined article:
  • Prior to publishing, we reserve the right to edit any submission in an effort to meet length requirements, improve readability, meet our style, and/or optimize web traffic.
  • We do not allow prepublication proofing.
  • We do not automatically provide copies of the magazine or links to the article.

Audience Considerations

  • Life Science Leader readers are professionals throughout the life sciences, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Make sure your article topic is valuable to this audience. (e.g., How can they improve their business processes? Will regulatory changes impact their business? What industry news or trends affect them?)
  • Your article should include actionable information. Ideally, your article should force readers to take action, rethink a current position, or dive deeper into a topic.
  • Articles should not be a news recap of a topic; they should provide unique insights and assessments.
  • Our readers are busy people. You need to grab their attention by breaking your article into shorter, digestible paragraphs. Also, include subheadings within the article to draw attention and break-up the content.
  • Include an engaging headline. It’s the first thing readers see, and it has to be compelling and drive readers to learn more.