To make it easier for both authors and readers we would like you to follow some rules that are a minimum for the successful authors to meet.
- Your work must be strictly written in a popular science form
This is very important and it’s a key aspect we take into consideration while reviewing your work. Please do not write it as a proper scientific paper. Our readers are representing many fields of science and on various levels (including non-scientists!). You need to make sure they all will be able to read through your work and understand the idea. Don’t worry you are missing some details. Make the story simple. You may want to use some real life examples as analogies to what you want to cover. It will be easier for non-experts to understand it and remember you. At the same time the experts from your field will know who you are and what your area of interest is so they can approach you directly and discuss the details if needed.
- 600 words is the limit
As we want the articles to be easy accessible to everyone we want to make them short. Think of your topic, the key points you would like to share. Than build a story around it that will highlight these. This could be just a small part of your research or the general problem you want to solve. In case anyone would like to get into details there will be an opportunity to start the discussion on our fan page, twitter or send a direct inquiry via our page, which we will pass directly to you. Note that this text has more than 600 words!
- The topic
It is required that the topic is either a part of your current/past/future research (preferred) or is in the field you represent. It is good to present a problem that your research may solve or show the impact it may have on others’. At some occasions we may allow more social topics but these need to have strong relation to science (culture). If you are in doubt, do not hesitate to ask.
Please note that your profile details (excluding contact information) will be available next to your article so readers will know that the author has some level of expertise in the topic. In the text make it clear whether information is only assumption (not yet proven) or a fact proven by the research.
English of course. But try not to use any sophisticated terms. If you do, please make sure that you will explain these. References are not required.
- Ten-day Deadline
Usually we receive articles within a week from sending this guide. And by default we suggest a 10 day deadline to send it. This helps to get a bit more organised. If you need more time please let us know so we do not bother you too much.
Above are main requirements of work you are about to prepare. Apart from that we will require you to provide a photograph and some basic details about you as an author that we can place in our materials so people know who you are (this may include links to your other profiles or work). But you do not have to provide this now. We will also be sharing with you an agreement where you’d need to confirm you are the author of the work and agree on publishing it. Please note that we are not able to offer any payment for your work. Instead we make an effort to promote our authors and what they do.
Once you are ready with your article, send it to us and it will go through review process. We may send it back to you with with our feedback and/or changes asking for your final review. At the end we may be making some small changes here and there to make it look best and then once it’s finally approved it will go to publishing queue.
If you are struggling with making the first step please take a moment and read this short text. It should give you some hints and help you to start: http://awelu.srv.lu.se/genres-and-text-types/writing-in-academic-genres/popular-science-writing/
Should you have any questions at this stage, please do not hesitate contact us.