SciHealthNews.com welcomes written contributions from the scientific and education communities that work on science and health topics of general interest.
If you’ve got an idea for a blog post about science and health topics of general public interest, then drop me a line [email protected] with the subject title [Your Name_Write for SciHealthNews] and tell me briefly on what you want to write about.
The two most important questions that you need to answer are:
- WHY are you writing about this topic? Are you an expert in this field? Do you have access to the said experts? Have you done enough research to write about it? Do you just have tons of interest and want to write about it.
- What’s in it for your readers? Why would a lay person care about the topic that you wrote about? Does it affect their everyday choices? Will it change their minds about what they thought was true?
Here is some information you need to know to have your article considered for publication at SciHealthNews.com.
About The Written Posts
- Word count: Posts should be in the range of 300-600 words. Aim for posts that can be read in less than 10 minutes. If you have long posts, consider breaking it up into several number posts, e.g. part 1, part 2 and so on.
- Topic/Content ideas: When you write, think what your family and friends would like to read. The readers targeted on this platform are not experts and require useful information on interesting topics in layman’s terms. Take a look around my site and see what I’ve written about so far. The MOST important requirement is that your article is EVIDENCE-BASED.
- Tone and Language: If a 14 year old high-schooler can understand what you’ve written, then you have nailed it. A light-hearted and witty style is great, and plain English is essential. If you want to include statistics, they should be summarized. Remember to go light on detailed methodology or analyses. Your readers want to know why it’s relevant to them (not just why you find it interesting!).
- Title and lede (that’s the first line or two). Journalists use the headline and lede to hook readers’ attention. Remember, readers are choosy and busy. A good title will grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you’re stuck think back to the title of blog posts that you would click on.
- Break it up. Bullet points. Subtitles. Lists. White space. When people read online, they scan. Make it easy for them.
- Images: If you have images that you want to use, then please let me know.
- Your Bio: Please pen yourself a byline and a brief biography containing links to your website (if you have one), Facebook, Twitter accounts, etc. But keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences. And make yourself sound interesting because you are! If you are not sure on how to write an appealing bio, don’t worry, we can work together on that!
- If your article is published, please share with your friends via email, your website, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media. The more people view your post, the better it is for you and me!
- Don’t feel ‘ready’ to write about science for the ‘lay’ person? I completely understand how scary it can be to put your non peer-reviewed work out there. After all, anyone might read it. So if you have an idea for a blog post, but you’re not sure whether it’s appropriate here then shoot me an email and we can chat further. Remember, this website is built for people like you who want to try their hand at science writing for the general public.