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 Life does not end when the sun goes down, and our experiences are often heightened at night. Tell us a story about what you do while others sleep.


Is there an aspect of your life, personal or professional, that others just don’t get? Fill in the blank in this sentence, and then write an essay that sets the record straight.

The ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee is providing the NIH with feedback on recent funding proposals. A new PAAC working group is charged with proposing innovative ideas to support the next generation of scientists.

This is where you fit in! Instead of responding to a proposal, we invite you to help develop a proposal from the ground floor. Imagine you have a blank piece of paper:

·         What are the largest issues facing the community today?

·         What policies should be reevaluated when it comes to supporting the next generation?

·         What initiatives work in other places that the NIH should consider?

The PAAC urges you to share your thoughts. They can be as detailed or as broad as you like — a one-sentence comment or a 10-page proposal. We’ll exchange ideas in ASBMB Today and online. Together, we can build a case for where the NIH should focus its attention to support the next generation.

Please include your complete contact information.

Have you have been denied tenure? Have you denied someone tenure? We want to hear about the experience.

Submit full personal essays, scholarship-driven reports or commentaries through the submission manager or email with queries/pitches.  

Diversity: What’s working?  

In the February 2016 issue of ASBMB Today we printed a variety of thoughts from ASBMB society members and the larger biomedical and molecular biology community about the current state of diversity in BMB. We saw this as the first step in an ongoing conversation about diversity in the field and are now looking for essays about what concrete steps the field can take to improve. We'd also like to hear about any promising developments that are already under way.    

This is an ongoing call. 

Features are long-form profiles, investigative pieces, Q&As and explanatory reports. While most are written by staff writers, we welcome story ideas and pitches from prospective authors. Please include "Feature" in your subject line and a bit about your qualifications in your pitch.

Essays are flexible in length and nature but they are always first-person narratives of interest to a broad readership. Submissions are welcome year-round, and themed calls for submissions are issued regularly. Please include "Essay" in your headline and a bit about your qualifications in your pitch. 

Retrospectives reflect on the lives and scientific achievements of recently deceased researchers, often — but not always — are solicited. They should be about ASBMB members who made significant contributions to the field and/or scientific community. You may submit ideas, pitches and queries for Retrospectives.

In memoriam articles are short (usually fewer than 300 words) obituaries are about ASBMB members and assigned by the editor to willing contributors. To be considered for "In Memoriam" contributions, submit a letter with your qualifications with the headline "In memoriam contributor."

All of our news stories are assigned by editors to willing contributors. If you wish to be considered as a contributor for news, submit a letter containing your qualifications and add a headline specifying which  news sections you'd prefer. (You are welcome to declare interest in all three sections.)

Research findings and developments articles are short (usually around 500 words) and cover new research findings published  in non-ASBMB journals and other developments of interest to those in the  biochemistry and molecular biology community. They are assigned by the editor to willing contributors.

From the journals contributions are brief summaries (200-300 words) of multiple articles in our journals, usually the Journal of Lipid Research or Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. They are assigned by the editor to willing contributors.

Lipid news articles are usually around 500 words and solicited from members of the  lipid research community. They come in two formats. The narrative format  highlights new, important advances in lipid research of interest to those  outside of the field. The Q&A format highlights the important, new work of  a single researcher.  

Education articles (usually 500 to 1,000 words long):

  • offer advice for undergraduate and graduate students, 
  • provide teaching strategies and case studies,
  • explore trends in education,
  • and feature innovative approaches and programs.

Here are some examples:

Professional development articles (usually between 500 and 1,000 words) address various aspects of careers. Advice columns, lists of tips, personal reflections and opinion pieces are welcome. Include "Professional development" in the headline of your pitch or submission. See examples here.

Career insights articles (usually between 500 and 1,000 words) are strictly first-person case studies about careers outside of academia. We welcome submissions and recommendations of authors to invite. Include "Career insights" in the headline of your pitch or submission. See examples here.

Minority affairs articles (usually around 500 words) focus on diversity in science, academia and industry. First-person essays are encouraged, as are scholarship-driven articles. Include  "Minority affairs" in the headline of your pitch or submission.

The following are accepted at all times:

Readers responses are short letters and formal responses. Please put "Reader response" in the headline of your submission.

The Open Channels section is dedicated to odds and ends. We’re always seeking intriguing, controversial or funny quotes, nuggets of information, and tidbits from social media. Please put "Open Channels" in the headline of your submission.