Dear Readers and Prospective Writers, Signal to Noise will be on hiatus for the month of September 2017. During this time, pieces that are currently in the editing process will continue to be published on the site. To writers, we still encourage you and welcome you to submit new pitches, but note that they will not be reviewed until October. We appreciate your patience while we undergo some changes and restructuring to our magazine. We are excited to bring you more opportunities to read and share science stories in October! -Signal to Noise Managing Board
Signal to Noise is a training tool for budding science writers, and our mission is largely educational. Thus, we cannot compensate freelance writers for their submissions.
After you submit a pitch, the following timeline will go into effect:
1 week (or less) after submitting your pitch, you will get a email letting you know whether it has been accepted for publication.
Two weeks after pitch is accepted, a first draft of your article is due.
Two weeks later, you will receive an edited draft of your article.
Two weeks after edits are received, final draft is due. Additional rounds of editing may take place as necessary.
- Article is posted online no later than 60 days after pitch acceptance.
Click here to download a PDF of our author guidelines.
The tone of pieces in the publication should be friendly and informative. In terms of the audience you will be writing for, please assume your reader is an adult, but not a scientist. Signal to Noise publishes three categories of articles: Straight Up Science, Interviews, and Science in Art and Entertainment. Types of articles that fit into these categories are listed below. We suggest that your article fit into one of these categories, although it is not required. Click on an article type to see some published examples.
Straight Up Science
A general summary of any science topic, based on one or more research articles or literature reviews.
The exciting results of scientific experiments often make the headlines of mainstream news. But how often do you get the chance to actually peek behind the curtain and see what's happening in an active research laboratory? In the Lab takes you behind the scenes with pictures, techniques, and an inside perspective on how research is actually done.
Results of scientific studies are reported in the media, but often without context, and at worst, with inaccurate conclusions. Motivations and implications of the research are often overlooked. In Headline Science, articles provide context for science topics widely discussed in the media such as health, environmental issues, and more.
Brief (250 words) summaries of very recently published scientific studies.
Sometimes a scientist in our community sets themselves apart through scientific achievement or their efforts to engage with the public with communication or outreach. This section highlights these people through personal interviews, and celebrates their achievements.
Two scientists from completely different fields of research interview each other about their work. This gives writers an opportunity to learn about science outside their field and communicate new scientific ideas to the general public in an easy-to-digest manner.
We will provide an interview template with questions.
Science in Art and Entertainment
We explore the unique connection between the world "behind the bench" and the art world. Art can be used not only to express the beauty of the scientific world, but can also to explain difficult-to-understand scientific concepts.
Science in Entertainment
- In this section, we highlight and explain the real science behind some of your favorite science fiction movies and TV shows.