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The magazine is published monthly except for combined issues in June-July and November-December. ASCA members receive a free subscription to the magazine as part of their association membership.

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Chief Executive Officer: Bill Prentice

Director of Communications: Kay Tucker

Editor: Sahely Mukerji

Staff Writers: Alex Taira, Kara Newbury, Sharita Williams, Stephen Abresch and Robert Kurtz

If you are interested in writing an article or sharing an idea, see the Editorial Calendar and the Editorial Guidelines for Contributors or write Sahely Mukerji. If you are interested in advertising, write Christopher Schriever.

Editorial Calendar 2024



Industry Forecast
Staff Development

Copy Deadline: October 5

Inventory Management

Copy Deadline: November 6



Case Volume

Copy Deadline: December 12

Social Determinants of Health

Copy Deadline: January 16



Recruitment and Retention

Copy Deadline: February 14

Sterile Processing

Copy Deadline: March 22



Life Safety
Data Collection and Management

Copy Deadline: May 10

Strategic Partnerships

Copy Deadline: June 10



Credentialing and Privileging

Copy Deadline: July 12

Billing and Coding

Copy Deadline: August 13

Specific titles may change or be eliminated without prior notice.

Editorial Guidelines for Contributors

The editors welcome contributions by external authors with expertise in the issues and topics relevant to the magazine’s audience: busy ASC professionals. These guidelines are intended to tell potential authors what they need to know about the magazine’s requirements and how to submit a story proposal.

Click on the heading tabs below to find out more information.

All guest contributions will be bylined and include the author’s name, corporate affiliation and any other relevant information that establishes expertise.

All contributions will be edited to ensure that they are concise, engaging and reader-friendly. Stories will be edited for the proper use of grammar, style, organization and clarity. All product or service names will be removed. ASC Focus does not name any products or services in its articles and/or publish any product- or service-focused articles. Editors will ensure that stories meet the goals that were established when the story was accepted for inclusion in the magazine. The editors may rewrite portions of the manuscript and will frequently submit queries to the authors to clarify meaning or add detail. When posing queries, the editors may specify a deadline for response. Delays could jeopardize publication.

Authors are responsible for ensuring the factual accuracy of all content. The editors may ask to see the sources of factual copy and any charts, graphs, etc., that are submitted.

At no point can a contribution include any text that was previously published or written by someone other than the author without full attribution.

We include an image of the author with our articles. If your article is accepted for publication, we will need a head shot of the author. The image will have to be high-resolution, 300 dpi, set against a clean background. The person in the image will need to directly face the camera.

The magazine does not publish articles that have been previously published. However, contributions that build or expand on previously published articles by the same author and that are substantially different may be accepted. We ask that writers tell us if any part of the article has appeared elsewhere.

ASCA owns the copyright to all of the stories it publishes in the magazine.

Potential contributors submit a proposal up to 250 words rather than a completed manuscript.

Proposals should

  • Identify the topic

  • Describe the “angle”

  • Provide a brief synopsis

  • Specify the anticipated length

  • Describe any charts, graphs or other design elements that will be submitted

  • Suggest a date that the article will be submitted

  • Describe the author’s expertise in the subject area

Proposed outlines, which are not included in the proposal word limit, are always welcome but not required.

Please submit your proposal to Sahely Mukerji or call 703.345.0278 to pitch your story idea.