If you could erase a part of your life and do it over again, which part of your life would that be? What would you do differently?
For an essay series in 2017, ASBMB Today is asking its readers to send in essays about do-overs. Maybe you regretted your choice of college. Maybe you trusted someone who let you down. Perhaps you wonder what would have happened if you had picked that other research project. Whatever it is, be honest and true.
Essays must be unpublished and between 500 to 1,000 words.
Deadline extended: Sept. 30, 2017.
Please include in your essay a title, complete contact information and an author bio of no more than 50 words.
Submit full personal essays, scholarship-driven reports or commentaries through the submission manager or email email@example.com 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.
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 of the three 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.
Journal news articles are usually around 500 words and cover new research findings, scientific memoirs and reviews published in ASBMB journals. 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.
- 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:
- The perfect match: Graduate program director offers advice on finding the right fit for you
- Is a professional science master’s degree right for you?
- Getting over the Ph.D. hump
- Using active-learning approaches in a lecture hall
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.