Contribute to envirobites

Envirobites is recruiting new writers.

Please share the information below with your graduate student, postdoc, and professional colleagues. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Come join us!

Application Details

  • Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Required information: A sample envirobites post and our online application. More information below.
  • All graduate students, postdocs, and professionals interested in science writing in environmental science topics may apply. We aim to cover a wide variety of research topics from a diverse set of perspectives. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. While most of our current posts are in English, we are also interested in publishing translations of our posts to different languages. If you are passionate about sharing the latest research in environmental science and enjoy writing, we want to hear from you!
  • Envirobites is a volunteer collaboration and does not offer compensation. The benefits of joining our team include public outreach (disseminating journal articles to a wider audience), professional development (reading papers, writing, and editing), and network building. We also publish a regular newsletter that announces relevant opportunities.

Sample Post Guidelines

  • Your envirobites piece should summarize a published journal article in the environmental sciences that is at least three months old and has not been featured on envirobites. Please do not write about one of your own papers. In your post you should discuss the motivation, methods, results, and conclusions of the paper nestled in a contextual narrative. Title your sample envirobites piece as you would title a post on the site. Please also include the full citation and link of the piece.
  • Write at a level appropriate for undergraduate environmental science majors. Effective envirobites pieces avoid jargon and thoroughly, yet succinctly explain unfamiliar concepts. We encourage you to provide links to previous envirobites pieces or other websites where appropriate.
  • Your sample post should include at two to three relevant pictures that are from the public domain or available under a Creative Commons license. Each photo needs to have an appropriate caption (not just the original caption) and should be linked to the original source.
  • Envirobites pieces are usually between 500-800 words in length, and your post should definitely not exceed 1000 words. We suggest you read a few published envirobites pieces by different authors to get a sense how posts are written.

Author Responsibilities

Authors write anywhere between one envirobites piece each month and one envirobites piece per quarter. Because envirobites relies on peer-editing, each author is expected to review another author’s envirobites piece approximately once per month.

Writing an envirobites piece typically takes 3-6 hours for experienced authors, which includes selecting and carefully reading a paper. It takes somewhat longer for new authors. Editing another author’s envirobites piece usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Some of us also spend time contributing to the glossary pages, representing envirobites at conferences, and maintaining the social media networks. These activities are optional, so new envirobites writers can choose how much time they would like to devote to the collaboration, but any help is appreciated.

Authors typically write for at least one year, but this can be adjusted on an individual basis.

The Evaluation Process

The evaluation committee will review submissions based on the quality of an applicant’s sample envirobites piece and their responses to the short essay questions that are part of the application form. Successful candidates will be notified approximately one month after the application deadline.

Regardless of whether an applicant is selected to write for envirobites, submitted sample envirobites pieces may be posted on envirobites as guest posts (with the applicant’s permission). We will notify applicants before posting their submissions.

How to Apply