About Us

Sciblogs brings together the best science bloggers in the country on one website, creating a hub for scientific analysis and discussion and facilitating reader interaction.

The website is for scientists who want to reach out to a general audience to explain their science and how it relates to society. Some Sciblogs contributors spend most of their time in the lab or buried in research. Others are authors or entrepreneurs. All of them know what they are talking about and have an interest in engaging in discussion on the big science-related issues facing society.

You can easily keep an eye on new Sciblogs posts by subscribing via RSS or email or by following our Twitter feed.  Alternatively, there is a Facebook page – feel free to join in!

Further details about submitting to Sciblogs are below.

Comments

As of October 2020, we have turned off comments on our site. We invite you to engage with bloggers via social media.

Advertising

Sciblogs is an ad-free zone. Thanks for thinking of us, but we’d like to keep it simple and uncluttered.

Sciblogs editorial team

Sciblogs is edited by Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor and managed by Dacia Herbulock, Director of the Science Media Centre.

Please contact us with editorial queries or to apply to host a blog on Sciblogs:

Sciblogs c/o Royal Society Te Apārangi

PO Box 598

Wellington

smc_at_sciencemediacentre.co.nz

Background & funding

Sciblogs is an initiative of the Science Media Centre, an independent source of expert comment and information for journalists covering science and technology in New Zealand.

Submission guidelines

Sciblogs is open to accepting submissions from New Zealand-based researchers or science writers.

Tertiary students studying science, communication or journalism should submit via Tuhia ki te Rangi, which has more specific guidelines for submissions.

Acceptance for publication will be decided by the Editor: please refer to the below guidelines to best prepare your draft. All submissions should consist of original work.

Bio

We receive a lot of submissions and it helps to know a bit about who you are and any general interest around science communication so we can best respond to your submission.

Length

In general, 600-800 words is a good word limit to aim for – if your draft is longer you can break this up using sub-headings and images. Please make sure any images are appropriately credited and have suitable re-use permissions.

Audience

Our Sciblogs readers are interested in science but are not necessarily experts in the topic you are writing about. Be sure to cater to them by avoiding jargon wherever possible and explaining complex terms or concepts – analogies or anecdotes can often be helpful.

References

Anything submitted to Sciblogs should be evidence-based, but this doesn’t necessarily mean providing extensive citations or footnotes. For online readers, it’s often best to hyperlink directly to any key sources, but you may also want to cite general resources especially those that might help readers who want to learn more.

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