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Becoming an Oceanbites Contributor

We are currently seeking authors to contribute regularly to oceanbites; the spring application deadline is March 1, 2019. 

oceanbites authors are current grad students, post docs, or early career researchers who can commit to writing a post based on a recent (3 months old or less) journal article related to ocean sciences, and editing a post by another. Authors are required to write and edit monthly or bimonthly.  Ideally, posts will be short (<1000 words) and written with a non-expert audience in mind (no jargon, no assumed knowledge above what you’d learn in high school science classes), with the aim of engaging and educating undergraduates, high school students, and other interested non-experts.

You can apply by writing an initial post as a writing sample. Please pick a recent article from a widely available journal. Please do not review your own paper or a review article.  Check out the site to get an idea of the types of pieces we’re writing, and the general style we look for.  Generally, we summarize relevant background, methods, and key findings from the article, and then explain why the research is important to the greater community.  A committee of current contributors will read your sample post and if it seems like you’re a good fit, we’ll add you to the schedule of writer/editors and publish your first piece.

You can submit your sample post by emailing it to oceanbitesorg@gmail.com.  Submit the post by attaching it to your email as a Word .doc or a PDF.  Along with the post, include 100 words on your research interests and 200 words on why you’d like to write for oceanbites, as well as your current major and degree progress, if applicable. Please also indicate whether you are interested in writing monthly or bimonthly for the site with your materials.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We also review author applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Writing Guest Posts for oceanbites

oceanbites also accepts a few additional types of submissions in additional to our regular posts:

(1) Reviews of ocean-related popular science books and movies

(2) Editorials about the oceanographic research world, what it’s like to be a graduate student, the state of oceanographic research, etc.

(3) Articles explaining current issues and topics in marine science/oceanography

(4) Interviews with marine scientists about interesting research projects or field work

(5) “Field diaries” documenting your travels and field work

If you’re interested in contributing this type of post, contact us at oceanbitesorg@gmail.com with a pitch (a short, compelling teaser that gives us the basic idea for the post) and we’ll let you know if it’s a good fit. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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