Article guidelines

The Share Your Sci website includes five types of articles. Please see below for specific guidelines for each article category.

Quick tips

Short articles that serve up short solutions to challenges that scientists may face when they’re communicating their work.  The articles are not exhaustive, but should be considered a first step to approach a solution.

  • Word length: 300-500
  • Author: Author appears as Share Your Sci unless the author is a guest author. Any conflict of interest by guest authors will be declared.
  • Format:
    • Introduction to the issue. The intro should answer the question: why do scientists need tips to do this thing?
    • List 3 tips
    • Examples
    • Find out more

Coffee Break

These articles describe an activity that scientists can do during a coffee break (less than ten minutes) to learn more about an aspect of science communication. Ideally, activities should be general enough that they can be done more than once.

  • Word length: 300-350. If more explanation is needed, link to a relevant profile or quick tip.
  • Author: Author appears as Share Your Sci.
  • Format:
    • Introduction to the activity. Link to other Share Your Sci content where relevant
    • The activity, described in a few sentences, and linking to relevant resources
    • What is the objective of doing this activity?
    • Read more: links to related content

Profiles

A short introduction to a resource, tool, or organisation that can help scientists communicate their work.

  • Word length: 300-500
  • Author: Author appears as Share Your Sci unless the author is a guest author. Guest authors will declare any affiliation with the subject of the profile.
  • Format:
    • Introduction paragraph to describe the organisation, tool or resource. Explain what it is, how long it’s been around, and other pertinent information.
    • Section to describe how scientists are using this particular organisation/tool. When is it relevant? How much effort is involved?
    • List some examples or success stories to illustrate how the resource has made a difference for science communication
    • Find out more: Links to resources within the organisation’s website, and external reviews or descriptions of the service

Concepts

Definitions and context of concepts related to science communication.

  • Word length: 300-400
  • Author: Author appears as Share Your Sci.
  • Format:
    • Definition
    • Where is this used? Where can scientists come across this concept? Is it likely to be used in the wrong context?
    • Find out more: links to more extensive articles about the concept on other sites

Big Picture

These are slightly longer than the other pieces, and can be more opinionated. Whereas the rest of the categories of Share Your Sci articles are focused on short actionable content, Big Picture articles cover topics that take a bit longer to think about. They’re essays that can take a historic angle, provide context of a science communication practice, or present an ongoing debate.

  • Word length: 700-1200
  • Author: Author is usually a person (not posted as Share Your Sci). Guest posts are welcome. Any conflict of interest by guest authors will be made clear. If a post is sponsored, it will be marked as such, and sponsor has no editorial control beyond suggesting/approving the broad topic of the post and requesting inclusion of certain outgoing links. The sponsor is not the author.
  • Format:
  • Introductory paragraph
  • Split text into subsections with subheaders, and 2 or 3 short paragraphs per sections.
  • Closing paragraph of one or two sentences
  • Link to relevant shorter articles on Share Your Sci
  • External links can appear within the text