Share your story

Published September 01 2018

Back when I got my first newspaper job at a community weekly (circulation 1,200, give or take), I saw what I did as an extension of the local diner or the post office lobby — wherever people gathered to share their news, thoughts and stories.

A few decades and more than 10,000 subscribers later, my viewpoint hasn’t changed a whole lot. Sure, we want to tell you about the great science in our journals and elsewhere, and we want to keep you informed about the big issues the life sciences research community wrestles with. But we also want this to be a place where you can keep up with other members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and where they can keep up with you. We want your news (awards, promotions, big life events) and, even more importantly, your thoughts (letters and essays). This is a place for the community to knit more tightly together.

So I invite you to become a member of the ASBMB Today writing community. Our members want to read about your opinions and experiences. To get you started, we’ll be launching two essay series in 2019:

  • What I wish people understood about _____. 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 set the record straight.

  • Night shift. Life does not end when the sun goes down, and our experiences often are heightened at night. Tell us a story about what you do while others sleep.

We also plan to devote a section of our January 2019 issue to wellness, and we invite you to submit personal essays, photography and illustrations relating to that theme. We want to know what you do for your body and/or mind as well as what you think academic institutions, government agencies and businesses should do to promote wellness.

We have a number of other suggested topics on our submissions page, but we don’t limit ourselves to those. Think about the conversations you have with your colleagues; what issues are closest to your hearts? If you have an idea, tell us about it. We’ll work with you to turn it into a compelling essay.

Not quite ready to write an essay? We welcome your letters on topics of interest to our community. Or maybe you have some good news about yourself you’d like to share. Do you have a suggestion for a news story you’d like to see us tackle? Shoot us a note at ASBMBToday.

Comfort Dorn Comfort Dorn is the managing editor of ASBMB Today.