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Contributor Guidelines for Aging Today, newspaper of the American Society on Aging
Aging Today, the bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging, features stories that highlight ongoing work, trends, innovation and advancements in the field of aging. We publish six issues per year, coming out in January, March, May, July, September and November.
About the American Society on Aging
ASA is the leading multi-disciplinary membership-based organization in the field of aging that focuses solely on developing and honing its members’ knowledge and leadership skills. Since 1954, ASA has attracted more than 100,000 practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, academics, business people, and students to its membership community. These professionals—all working to improve the quality of life of older adults—are employed in an array of disciplines across the aging services network: physical health, technology, employment, finance and legal, housing and accessibility, mental and emotional well-being, healthcare quality and access, spiritual development, and social engagement.
Stories for Aging Today run from 400 words to 900 words; we realize that it is difficult to be comprehensive about a topic in articles of these word counts, so we prefer that writers explore in detail one aspect of a topic.
Stories for Aging Today should be direct and conversational, and ideally open with an anecdote to hook readers. This can be a touching, real-life example or, perhaps, a striking fact or conclusion from an author’s project or data. Articles should cite statistics on how many people are affected by the situation being explored, but not spend too much time explaining a general situation that is already well-known to our readers (we don’t need to explain in detail how many baby boomers are aging, for instance, or how many people will have Alzheimer’s—a brief overview or mention is sufficient). Articles should explore research findings in a particular area. It’s important that stories in Aging Today look ahead and offer potential solutions to issues discussed, or program models that work and can be replicated, if appropriate.
Articles for Aging Today do not use footnotes or references. Writers should refer to research or resources in the text of the article. Please cite the principal author of a study by first and last name. If there are two authors, mention both, but with more than two, simply write, for example, "Colleen Johnson and colleagues at the University of California (Journal of Independent Elders, 7: 126-132), found in 2003 that . . . ." Alternately, and increasingly, we prefer a URL to link to the study or resource online.
Please keep in mind that the readership of Aging Today is a highly educated one as regards topics related to the field of aging. Readers are primarily ASA members, from gerontologists and geriatricians to policymakers, students, social workers, psychiatrists and academics. These professionals are passionate about helping older adults and would like to know about any topic, solution or strategy that might further that aim.