A good place to start

Published July 01 2017

One weekend this summer, I heard from two of our former contributors. Both were letting me know they’d been offered jobs, one in science communication and one in science outreach. That got me thinking about how many young professionals have cut their writing teeth at ASBMB Today.

It never occurred to me to count the contributors we’ve coached, but I think 100 since I came aboard in 2011 is a safe guess. Some write for us only a few times. Some write monthly for multiple years. Most of them fall somewhere in between, accepting news assignments when they have time and submitting personal essays when they have something to say.

If you are interested in getting science writing or personal essay writing experience, consider becoming an ASBMB Today contributor. There are always more research papers that deserve coverage than there are writers. There are always issues being discussed and debated at your institutions and in your social circles that we should be reporting on but don’t even know about.

Have you always wanted a reason to interview your scientific or professional heroes? This magazine very well may be that reason.

Later this summer, ASBMB will announce its next cohort of annual award winners. ASBMB Today will be looking for at least a dozen contributors to write about those scientific stars. To put your name in the hat for that undertaking or to volunteer for other types of contributions, email us at asbmbtoday@asbmb.org.

Resources for writers

Get to know the magazine. Familiarize yourself with the types of articles we publish. Our calls for submission are here: https://asbmbtoday.submittable.com/submit.

Learn about our approach. We are looking for writers who can tell great stories about technical topics. See http://www.asbmb.org/asbmbtoday/submit/.

Pitch an article. If you want to know if your story or essay idea might match our needs, email us at asbmbtoday@asbmb.org.

Submit online. Upload completed articles for consideration at https://asbmbtoday.submittable.com/submit.

Prepare to revise. You’ll be working with professional editors to improve your article. The editors will ask you to clarify, recast and polish your submission. Steel yourself for constructive criticism.



In the May issue, our story about Ron M. Evans winning the 2017 Bert and Natalie Vallee Award in Biomedical Science incorrectly attributed the identification of the vitamin-D receptor to Evans. The receptor was discovered and characterized in 1974–1975 by Mark Haussler and J. Wesley Pike and cloned in 1986–1987 by Donald McDonnell, Pike, Haussler and Bert O’Malley. In addition, the story said that Evans identified and characterized the human glucocorticoid receptor. Rather, Evans cloned that receptor.

Also in the May issue, we noted that Gerald Hart had been the founding editor of a glycobiology journal. The journal’s name is Glycobiology.

Angela Hopp Angela Hopp is executive editor of ASBMB Today and communications director for the ASBMB.