2015 calls for submissions


Next year, we'll publish two series of essays. The themes will be "Hobbies" and "Generations." Read the full call for submissions.

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The amazing green fluorescent protein


Excerpt: "Many of the details leading to the cloning of the GFP gene from the laboratory led by Milt Cormier (one of the authors) never have been reported. Because of the importance of the GFP gene, we feel that these details may be of interest to the scientific community."

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Uncovering the unexpected within


Andrew Hollenbach: "I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. I’d always worked hard and succeeded — not only succeeded but excelled. Now there I was: I had just finished my second year of graduate school, and I had been told that I had failed my qualifying exam. I was devastated. "

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An open letter to press officers who won’t promote unembargoed research papers


While this letter is addressed to press officers who won’t promote research papers that cannot be embargoed, it raises an important issue that scientists should understand. A news embargo ensures that certain information is not made public until an agreed upon time. Some scholarly publishers use embargoes to keep newly accepted research papers out of the public sphere until they are published, allowing only a handful of people (such as authors, press officers and journalists) to see the material in the interim. One often-cited aim is to facilitate thorough reporting of the research. But more and more publishers today post all accepted papers online immediately. Most press officers will still promote those papers to the media, even though the news cannot be embargoed. But others will not.

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