Editorial Standards & Policies
The Lab Manager team prides itself on producing and sharing authentic, accurate, and in-depth coverage on a variety of topics relevant to today’s laboratory leaders. We strive to be a trusted source for lab professionals to explore industry news, trends, and challenges.
Lab Manager’s values:
- Our readers, attendees, and subscribers: Our team honors a commitment to put the needs of our audience as first priority. We do this by producing informative, accurate content contributed by diverse writers and speakers to ensure we provide our audience with different perspectives.
- Transparency: We want to be upfront and honest with all content we share with our audience. We aim to make it clear to our audience whether a piece of content is sponsored promotional content or purely editorial. We credit external sources whenever necessary, ensure references and sources are credible, and fact-check and look for red flags of plagiarism on any contributed article.
- Continuous improvement: The challenges and requirements of today’s lab leaders are always evolving. We are always looking to stay on the pulse of our audiences’ needs and continue to brainstorm ways to improve our content. We want to be innovative and engaging for our audience.
Lab Manager’s topic areas of interest:
Lab Manager’s audience is diverse, including lab professionals from academic, government, and industry labs. Our scope of coverage reflects this diversity. Here is a broad overview of our topic areas:
Health & Safety, Lab Leadership, Business Management, Asset Management, Lab Design, Product News and Purchasing/Maintenance Tips, among other topics relevant to today’s lab leaders.
Our writers also cover the latest trends, advancements, and challenges in different scientific fields, such as food and beverage, cannabis, forensics, life science, materials science, pharma, analytical chemistry, and more.
We do not currently accept opinion pieces as editorial content.
Who writes for Lab Manager?
In addition to Lab Manager’s editorial and creative services staff, a group of freelance contributors regularly write articles for the print magazine and website. We also accept article pitches that meet our quality standards, fit our coverage scope, and are non-promotional.
How to meet quality standards
Staff and external writers must adhere to our editorial guidelines (ADD LINK), which include articles that are non-promotional, original, and exclusive to Lab Manager. All published work follows Chicago Manual of Style and goes through an extensive review and editing process before accepted. Writers must first share an outline of the proposed topic and get editors’ approval before proceeding with a draft. When reviewing a draft, editors identify any red flags with the content, determine if it is insightful enough for the audience, confirm sources are acceptable, and consider the readability of the entire piece—is the article easy to read, does it have a good flow, does it transition between one thought to the next. Despite not having dedicated fact-checkers on staff, editors diligently work to ensure articles are fact-checked throughout the editing/revisions process. Editors will provide multiple opportunities for a writer to revise their piece to meet our standards. If after multiple attempts the writer is unsuccessful, editors have the authority to decide the piece is not publishable.
When sharing news releases from external sources, the editorial team takes the same approach of fact-checking and evaluating a release for authenticity, accuracy, and relevance. Releases that overexaggerate the study results or mislead readers are not accepted.
Sponsored versus editorial:
Editorial content is independent of any and all sponsored content. Sponsored content and advertisers do not have any influence over editorial content. Custom sponsored content is commonly created by Lab Manager’s Creative Services team. Editorial content is created by Lab Manager’s editorial team or external contributors.
Lab Manager earns revenue from the sale of advertisements online, in our print magazine, and through events. Sponsored content is defined as promotional content that is paid for as part of an advertising campaign. Examples of sponsored content in Lab Manager include: How it Works, Products in Action, InFocus articles, and sponsored Ask the Experts. All sponsored content is labeled as such, includes the advertising company’s name in the byline, and their logo on the page.
What is the role of Lab Manager’s editorial advisory board members?
The editorial advisory board was established in 2022. The editorial team invited these members to join the board based on a specific set of criteria. Each member brings a unique perspective and specialty area of expertise to the Lab Manager editorial team. The editorial advisory board offers advice and suggestions on important topics to cover, assists in the development of the annual editorial calendar, provides ideas to better serve our audience, and contributes written articles and/or deliver presentations for webinars and in-person events.
Ownership & funding:
Lab Manager is owned by LabX Media Group (LMG), a leading worldwide science publishing company that delivers meaningful industry content and integrated marketing solutions for the scientific community. LMG’s brands and product solutions deliver trusted, timely, and in-depth information across print and digital products to empower our customers and advance their research. LMG is headquartered in Midland, Ontario, Canada and employs more than 135 staff across Canada, the United States, and the UK.
Funding for Lab Manager comes from the sale of advertising in our print magazine and on our website. Other revenue sources include custom publishing projects such as sponsored webinars, videos, infographics, posters, eBooks, and whitepapers, handled by our Creative Services Division.
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