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Interested in science writing? Want to see your work published in the University of Edinburgh’s science magazine? You are in the right place! Click below to submit an article or to get inspired.

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FAQs

Can I write for EUSci?

Yes! Anybody can submit an article to EUSci. Our writing community is open to anybody who wants to share their passion for science with a general audience. If you want to talk to us about it, come and meet us on campus.

How do I write for EUSci?

If you have something you want to submit, simply submit it at any time by clicking submit.

If you want to write, but aren’t sure where to start, click on inspire me! to find resources, and join our news writers facebook group.

If you have an idea, but you aren’t sure if it’s right for EUSci or you want help turning it into an article, get in touch with the magazine editors at eusci.editors@gmail.com .

Who am I writing for?

EUSci is aimed at anybody who has a general interest in science. This means we are looking for articles that are accessible, informative and entertaining to people who have not studied science beyond school level. The magazine is distributed across the University of Edinburgh campuses.

What is the difference between a website article and a magazine article?

The website is for news. Articles typically cover a new piece of research that has just been published, or report on recent announcements affecting scientific research, funding or institutions.

The magazine is for more in depth research reporting, opinion pieces, investigations into scientific topics that cover multiple sources, reviews of popular science media, and whatever creative formats you come up with.

What are you looking for in articles?

Above all else, we are looking for writing that turns scientific topics into stories. Textbook descriptions and academic style essays are too dense for a magazine, so think about how to bring that science to life. Check out the inspire me page for good examples and tips on writing for a general audience.

In addition to gripping stories, we are looking for accuracy and balance. As science communicators, we have a duty to represent results fairly, include uncertainties, and be critical of scientific methods. Read Bad Science by Ben Goldacre to learn what happens when we don’t…

Is there a word limit?

Your first draft should be between 600 and 1500 words. Most published articles will be edited to either 700 words or 1400 words for the magazine.

Do I need to be a member of the society?

Yes, please join the society to stay in the EUSci loop.

Do I need to be a student at the University of Edinburgh?

No. You don’t need to be a student at all.

Do I need to be an experienced writer?

No. EUSci is a great place to hone your science writing skills and gain that experience.

Should I include references?

You do not need to fully cite your text as you would for an academic piece of work. However, please include links to your main sources of information when you submit an article.

What counts as science?

Science is more than physics, chemistry and biology! We publish articles about anything under the STEM bracket – mathematics, computer science, engineering, medical biology, psychology, ecology and geosciences too. We are also interested in applications of science and how they affect society. If you are unsure whether your idea fits, please get in touch with the editors at eusci.editors@gmail.com.