The old adage says, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”. On the SBM home page, at the top, are 5 tabs. One is “How to submit a guest post”. Clicking on that tab brings up a detailed article explaining the guidelines for guest submissions. Apparently, many readers either don’t read them or don’t understand them.

Practically every other day I get inquiries from people who have questions about guest submissions that would have been fully answered if they had bothered to click on that tab. I have to assume these people can read; it seems they simply didn’t bother to do their homework.

I get inquiries about guest submissions to my personal website www.skepdoc.info. Anyone familiar with my website should have noticed that it features only my own work and there is nothing from guest contributors. They might have deduced that guest submissions were not accepted.

The inquiries I get about guest submissions to SBM are of two kinds. Some are addressed only to me; others are addressed to all the SBM editors. I can’t understand why anyone would single me out as the person to write to. I tell people to read the posted guidelines, but sometimes they continue to ask questions that are answered in the guidelines. The guidelines don’t mention money because guest contributors are neither paid nor charged. Yet I am constantly being asked about what it would cost.

If only out of common courtesy, shouldn’t readers take the time to do a little homework before shooting off an email?

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  • Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so),  and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force physician, she held various positions from flight surgeon to DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivering babies to taking the controls of a B-52. She retired with the rank of Colonel.  In 2008 she published her memoirs, Women Aren't Supposed to Fly.

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Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so),  and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force physician, she held various positions from flight surgeon to DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivering babies to taking the controls of a B-52. She retired with the rank of Colonel.  In 2008 she published her memoirs, Women Aren't Supposed to Fly.