You’ve Got Things to Say: Upcoming Themes
Edge for Scholars invites you to share your insights in blog posts for early career researchers, mentors, and academic leaders. All topics and styles are welcome at any time. But this sneak peek introduces future themes for The Cutting Edge. Our newsletter circulates a digest of top posts to 42,000 email subscribers about twice a month (sign up here), and reaches more than 100,000 views on social media. You can build your own readership, linked to your profile, and we’ll help get the word out.
Blog submissions fitting the themes are considered for the Cutting Edge. (Order and timing of topics are subject to change based on current events, new opportunities, and community priorities. Best laid plans, etc…)
Themes & Submission Deadlines
- Conference Season & Making Connections: January 21
- Reshaping Community: February 4
- Writing Tune-up: February 18
- Scientific Communication: March 10
Got Profile? If this is your first blog post, you’ll need to create a profile to get started. Pseudonyms are acceptable. Group authorship and group icon images are welcome. Social media handles and professional websites may be included in posts as well. Advertising for services cannot.
Cite That Post Blog contributions are CV-worthy. Format:
On the Market: A Job Hunt Round Up. Edge for Scholars. 2020 [accessed 2021 Jan 20]; https://edgeforscholars.org/on-the-market-a-job-hunt-round-up/. (7,987 views)
Editorial Guide Typical blog length is ~300 words, but other lengths are fine. You could write a stand-alone piece or launch a series or beat. Detailed editorial guidance can be found here. Contact email@example.com for editorial or technical assistance. Our best advice:
- Speak your mind. We can all find the party line. Give us your experiences, your ideas, and your opinions. We go for gritty truths, not pretty pablum.
- Keep it relevant. We want to hear about stuff that affects biomedical researchers’ work and lives. Give us that funny/terrifying tale about everything that went wrong with your last grant submission, your rant against bibliometrics, your suggestions for how to organize a mentor panel meeting, and your questions about the latest NIH policy update.
- Succinct = beautiful. No need to ramble or build a long introduction. Can cut to the chase. We love pithy observations and sharp, short commentary.
- In-text hyperlinks encouraged. Give readers all the info at their fingertips. In-line links that open in a new tab maintain the reading flow.
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