Contribute to envirobites

Envirobites is seeking new writers.

Please share the information below with your graduate student, postdoc, and professional colleagues. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. Come join us!

Application Details

  • Deadline: November 30, 2018
  • Required information: A sample envirobites post and one short essay, which can be submitted as part of the application.
  • All graduate students, postdocs, and professionals in environmental science and engineering 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 our current posts are in English, we are also interested in publishing translations of our posts. 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) and professional development (reading papers, writing, and editing).

Sample Post Guidelines

  • Your envirobites piece should summarize a published environmental science journal article 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 story. Title your sample envirobites piece as you would title a post on the site. Please also include the full citation 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 piece at conferences, and maintaining the social media networks. These activities are optional, so new envirobites piece can choose how much time they would like to devote to the collaboration. Authors typically write for at least one year, but this can be adjusted on an individual basis.

The Evaluation Process

The evalutation committee will review submissions based on the quality of their sample envirobites piece and their responses to the two short essay questions. Successful candidates will be notified approximately one month after the application deadline.

Regardless of whether an applicant is selected to write for envirobites piece, 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