Get involved – you are encouraged to draft articles for our blog, and you are very welcome to respond to blog articles in the comments sections, and share your thoughts in a status update (like an internal tweet!). If you have an idea for a featured article, contact the community manager to discuss publishing guidance or if you’d like copy-editing support from our medical writer.

Invite your professional colleagues – help develop our community by inviting your colleagues to join. Please only invite people who are healthcare professionals of some kind, academics, or scientists.

Debate ideas, not personal matters – let’s tackle the big questions and the small details, while respectively avoiding engaging in character analysis of any kind.

Continue to respect confidentiality – as a professional you may have access to confidential material from your field of work. The Early Life Nutrition Network, private as it is, is no place to break confidentiality. Please talk about published research, available data, and general ideas and cases, rather than individual patients or commercially sensitive information.

Respect copyright – do not copy whole articles from other websites / journals to share within the Early Life Nutrition Network unless the copyright statement explicitly says that the author / publisher allows such dissemination. It is better to share such external articles as a link. If sharing a piece of text, an abstract, or a quote, please ensure you reference the original publication, and provide a link if possible.

Respect the confidence and copyright of the Early Life Nutrition Network community – original content published by community stakeholders must not be shared outside of the Early Life Nutrition Network website.

Avoid discrimination – refrain from language that discriminates against people based on sex, race, sexual orientation, age, belief system, or disability. Naturally, discussing population segmentation is normal within scientific practice; we only mean to condemn discriminatory and inflammatory language.

Accept that English may not be every member’s first language – as a global network, we write and communicate in variants of English, most often British English and International English. While we know every member is exceptionally experienced and educated, we also acknowledge that, outside of scientific vocabulary, colloquialisms and ambiguous adjectives can be misinterpreted by native speakers and polyglots alike. We ask members to consider the clarity of their language.

Respect the political and religious differences within cultures – it may be necessary to discuss healthcare, education, and scientific differences and difficulties in different regions of the world, but we expect members to remain pragmatic and respectful at all times, while seeking solutions to overcome disinterest or resistance.

Respect our community space and our members – with the ability to ‘follow’ and request a ‘connection’ with other members, everyone has the opportunity to develop their own professional network.

Please respect the objectives of our community and the professional intentions of members who participate.

‘Following’ someone, and discussing ELN topics across our site, is an easy and expected way to become involved in the community. Requesting to ‘connect’ and engaging in private conversations are more intense steps, and as such, they should be taken only with consideration. Some people may ignore requests to ‘connect’ because it may seem too personal, considering that the ‘follow’ function is easy and open to everyone without the need for requests.

Messages that hound, harass, embarrass, defame, libel, or bully members will not be tolerated. Anyone who feels uncomfortable with a situation or a conversation may contact the community manager for guidance and direct intervention.