Tips for Contributors

Interested in contributing to Cancer Research Catalyst? Read on for information about the process and tips for writing your post.

ABOUT THE BLOG

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. Our mission is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration.

Through our blog, Cancer Research Catalyst, we aim increase the spread of new knowledge about cancer while providing helpful and interesting information.

AUDIENCE

The blog has a fairly broad reach. Its readers include cancer researchers, patients, and advocates, as well as reporters and the general public.

CONTENT

Posts include information about:

  • the latest in cancer research, including studies featured in the AACR’s journals and meetings, news summaries and analysis, and interviews with as well as guest posts from cancer researchers and advocates; and
  • the AACR, including updates on the AACR’s policy activities and fundraising initiatives, and messages from AACR leadership.

We accept pitches for guest posts from members, partners, and others affiliated with the AACR. Keep the following tips in mind when preparing your pitch and post:

  • Spend some time reviewing past posts to get a feel for the blog before writing.
  • Posts should tell a story, deliver a message, or answer a question.
  • The best posts define terms and provide background on the research and concepts they discuss.
  • Posts should be timely and professional while still maintaining a conversational tone.
  • Posts should not be purely promotional.
  • Six hundred to 800 words is the ideal length.
  • Infographics, photos, and videos can add a lot to your post.

Examples of successful posts include:

Cancer Immunotherapy: Breaking Through to the Standard of Care
One of our earliest and most-read blog posts, this piece explains a hot topic in an accessible way. It is also an evergreen topic, and we’ve been able to link back to it multiple times.

A Youthful Approach: Expanding the Reach of Breast Cancer Prevention
This guest post received a great deal of attention from our readers and the media because it has a clear, interesting thesis that is relevant to many people.

Q&A With Theodore Lawrence, MD, PhD, on the Launch of the AACR Radiation Science and Medicine Working Group
This Q&A with the chair of one of the AACR’s newest working groups offers readers a chance to learn about both the field of radiation oncology and the professional development opportunities available to researchers interested in the field through the AACR.

PROCESS/CONTACT

You may submit your pitch or draft blog post to blog@aacr.org. We will respond if we feel it is a good fit.

We consider the writing of blog posts a collaborative process. As a result, posts generally go through a few rounds of revisions. The AACR blog team may edit the final post for clarity, length, and style.

Thank you for your interest. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.