For contributors

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

  • Select a paper and write your piece! No need to pitch it to us beforehand, although we are happy to discuss ideas and appropriate papers via email if you want.
    • If you have any hyperlinks, go ahead and insert them to make it easier for editors.
  • Find some images that we can use for your piece, and include them in the piece, or indicate where they should go. Putting their links directly into the article along with the caption you want is easiest. If you made the image yourself, upload it into the document. Make sure images are fairly high resolution.
    • If you have a favorite image that you want to be the featured image (the big image above each article) of your post, it should have dimensions of 300 x 900 pixels or greater.
  • Put your article in a Google Drive document.
  • Get the shareable link of this 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.Google Drive sharing
  • Email your link to us and we’ll contact you shortly.

The nitty-gritty: 

Please make sure you comply with the figure and article guidelines below. The Writing for Us page has more information about what pieces should look like.

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. You may also choose to include a figure or two from the original paper, although make sure that the figure adds something to your piece, and that EvoBites can legally use the image (see Rights and Permissions below).

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

  1. Figures: If you want to use a figure from an article, make sure that we can reproduce the figure you want to use 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, either make a figure yourself or use Creative Commons licensed images to make up for it.
  2. 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; just make sure to check the permissions.