The January issue of ASBMB Today will have a special section dedicated to wellness. We invite submissions of personal essays, photography and illustrations relating to that theme.
We want to know what you do for your body and/or mind. Do you exercise, sleep, practice your faith, carve out time for family, play with pets, engage in community causes or activism, or do something else? Tell us what your practices look and feel like and why you think they work for you. (Note: Not every submission has to be 100 percent serious. We're interested in failures and foilbles, too. Yoga headstands aren't for everyone, after all.)
We also want to know what you think academic institutions, government agencies and businesses need to do to promote wellness. The scientific community is compiling data on graduate student mental health and identifying new ways to support trainees. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, "As the country grows older, its caregivers are growing younger and more squeezed." Laboratory leaders often find themselves juggling their research, child care and elder care. Furthermore, studies on the effectiveness of workplace wellness programs have had mixed results. Based upon your personal experiences as a student, specialist, employee or manager, what do you think needs to be done? What kind of assistance would you like to see provided?
Although money often is excluded from these discussions, we appreciate that financial wellness affects other parts of your life. For example, as Mel Jones explained in The Atlantic, while Person A might be able to expect a nice birthday check from Grandma, Person B might be spending their meager savings to bury Grandma. We also know that college students are not exempt from food and housing insecurity. Have you experienced homelessness or accessed a campus food bank? We invite personal stories about money as they relate to body and mind.
Finally, given the scope of this call for submissions and the importance of the topic to the ASBMB membership, we welcome submissions from authors outside of the traditional biochemistry and molecular biology fields. For example, campus counselors, psychologists and social work professionals have much expertise to offer our readers. Also, professionals who've left the bench often have meaningful contributions about life before and after. If you aren't sure if your story will be relevant, just query us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For the February 2019 issue, we seek prose and art about past and current contributions by black scientists to the biosciences. We welcome personal essays, interviews, journalistic reporting, flash nonfiction, photographs and illustrations. Query us at email@example.com or submit complete manuscripts here on Submittable.
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.
Submit full personal essays, scholarship-driven reports or commentaries through the submission manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.