For contributors

I’m excited to contribute a piece! Now what?

Pitch us at! Write a paragraph explaining what paper you want to write about, and why. Why is this paper interesting to evolutionary biologists, and more importantly, to the general public? What kind of story about it do you think you can tell? Make sure to link to the paper itself or provide a reference so we can find it. The Writing for us page also has detail about what kinds of articles and pieces are appropriate.

Schedule: Once your pitch is approved, that will set in motion a schedule for keeping things on track, which is necessary for us to plan a schedule of regular posts.

  • Week 0: Your pitch is approved.
  • Week 4: You submit your piece (see below for details). We assign you an editor.
  • Week 6: The editor will return your piece with edits.
  • Week 7: You rework your piece accordingly.
  • Week 8: The editor will either approve your piece for publication, or return more edits to you. If there are more edits, both you and the editor have a week each to give them to one another.

Submitting your piece: Put your article in a Google Drive document. Get the shareable link of your document by clicking “Share” in the top right-hand corner, and “Get shareable link”. Make sure the settings are such that “Anyone with the link can edit” (see image below) so your editor will be able to make edits and comments. Email your link to us and your assigned editor will contact you shortly.

Google Drive sharing

Figure and article guidelines

Article Formatting:  Follow the example of the articles already on the site. Generally, articles should be about 500-800 words, and written such that an educated audience without biology degrees can understand them. If you can’t avoid using jargon, make sure to explain it.

Pictures: Our multimedia editor will find appropriate images for your piece, but you may choose to find some figures and images yourself to supplement your article. If you do, make sure that the figure adds something to your piece, and that EvoBites can legally use the image (see Rights and Permissions below). If you have a favorite image that you want to be the featured image (the large image above each article) of your post, it should have dimensions of 300 x 900 pixels or greater.

Rights and Permissions: We need permission to reproduce other people’s work, unless it is freely available to anyone to use.

  • If you want to use a figure from an article, make sure we can reproduce the figure  for free. This is always the case for figures and images from open access articles. Usually you check this by looking for a link titled “Rights and Permissions” on the HTML version of the article (here’s an example of where that will take you). Follow the link and get a quote for the reproduction of one figure on an educational, not-for-profit website. If it’s not free, we can’t use it. In that case, you can make a figure yourself or find Creative Commons licensed images.
  • Images must either be your own original work, reproduced with permission from the creator, or available under a Creative Commons license. In all cases, we have to list the source when we reproduce the image. An easy way to find appropriate pictures is to do a Google Image search, click on “Tools”, “Usage rights”, and then “Labeled for reuse with modification”. All images on Wikimedia Commons can be used. There are often appropriate images on Flickr as well, but make sure to check the permissions.