SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN and SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND welcome ideas for articles on recent scientific discoveries, technical innovations and overviews of ongoing research. Our preferred authors are scientists who have extensive first-hand knowledge of the field that they describe and, preferably, have made significant contributions to it, or science journalists with the experience and background to deeply explore the topics they propose covering. We very strongly encourage potential contributors to read recent issues of the magazine for a sense of form, style and level of complexity and specialization typical of our articles.
Before writing or sending us a manuscript, please send us a proposal letter (one to two pages is usually sufficient) that briefly summarizes:
- The subject of the article
- How you would tell the story of this subject
- The practical and theoretical significance of this subject
- How this article would differ from previous coverage of the topic (if any) in Scientific American, Scientific American MIND or other media
- Why this story is timely. (For instance, we prefer stories that include research findings from the past two years.)
- Your credentials for writing about the topic
- A list of some recent papers on the subject that you plan to cite
- Any other information that you think would make the article interesting to our audience.
Some authors send us an outline in addition to their letter but that is not required. Include illustrations, other graphics, or copies of original research papers only as necessary to help explain your idea. Keep in mind these tips:
- Generally speaking, Scientific American and Scientific American MIND present ideas that have already been published in the peer-reviewed technical literature. We do not publish new theories or results of original research.
- Please note that while Scientific American covers all scientific areas, Scientific American MIND seeks pitches that can be tied to brain or behavioral research and is happy to consider service-oriented articles.
- Our articles are geared to general readers interested in science and technology. We avoid jargon and equations.
- We are looking for authors who can convey ideas with clarity and concision. Lengths of feature articles vary; the average length of a published article is approximately 2,500 to 3,000 words.
- Please allow six to eight weeks for the review process.
Send all proposals and manuscripts
Include your last name and the word PROPOSAL in the subject line.
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