Call for Submissions: Pitches for Science (AAAS): Submit Now!

Science (AAAS) is inviting submissions of pitches from writers. Submit your pitches and get published now!

About Science

Science has been at the center of important scientific discovery since its founding in 1880—with seed money from Thomas Edison. Today, Science continues to publish the very best in research across the sciences, with articles that consistently rank among the most cited in the world. In the last half century alone, Science published:

  • The entire human genome for the first time;
  • Never-before seen images of the Martian surface;
  • The first studies tying AIDS to human immunodeficiency virus.

Pitching Guidelines

  • If you come across news, don’t wait to pitch it. They want to publish as soon as possible after the event. For embargoed studies, please pitch them at least 3 days in advance, so that they can OK the proposal and you can deliver a story a day or two before the embargo lifts.
  • If you are pitching a news story about a research study, write a few sentences about what the study is about and why it’s a big deal. Include the press release and paper when possible.
  • If you’re pitching a longer story, such as a feature, make sure your pitch also gives a sense of how you will tell it. What is its scope, will it focus on certain characters or places, what is the storyline? But keep the pitch tight, three or four paragraphs at most.
  • If you’re new to Science, please send them published clips—no more than three or four—so they can judge your writing.
  • If you are not pitching embargoed news, please check Google News to see whether any other outlets have covered the story.
  • Note any video and audio possibilities in your pitch.
  • Put “Pitch” in your subject line. Otherwise your email may be flagged as spam or ignored as a press release.
  • Spend some time reading Science’s news site before pitching them. You’ll see that their stories, even those about medicine or business, all have some connection to basic research. You’ll also see that although they write for people with a keen interest in science, they are not aimed at the specialists. Their goal is to entice scientists and science enthusiasts to read broadly, and even for fun. The more original and interesting a proposal is, the more likely they are to take it.

How to Pitch?

  • If you’re pitching a news story based on embargoed research, contact their Online News Editor David Grimm at dgrimm[at]aaas[dot]org. Most other breaking news, ranging from policy news to issues important to the scientific community, will be handled as so-called Science Insiders and should be pitched to insider[at]aaas[dot]org.

  • If you think your story has potential as a longer piece for the magazine, send it to science_news[at]aaas[dot]org and it will be matched up with the appropriate editor.

  • You can also direct a pitch to a specific editor: Elizabeth Culotta at eculotta[at]gmail[dot]com (anthropology/archaeology/paleontology), Martin Enserink at menserin[at]aaas[dot]org (International news), Lila Guterman at lguterman[at]aaas[dot]org and John Travis at jtravis[at]aaas[dot]org (biology and biomedical news), Eric Hand at ehand[at]aaas[dot]org (physical science news), and David Malakoff at dmalakof[at]aaas[dot]org (science policy, energy, and environment).

Click here to read the official guidelines of the Call for Submissions: Pitches for Science (AAAS).

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