Thank you for your interest in writing a guest article for Capsid & Tail!
New update! Thanks to our super engaged community of phage enthusiasts (all of you!) we are outgrowing our old ways of getting each Capsid & Tail feature ready the week or two before it comes out. So we're updating how we handle guest blog submissions!
We will now be accepting guest blog submissions on a quarterly basis; so keep an eye on four deadlines throughout the year if you're thinking of contributing!
- For consideration for publication between October and December, please send us your finished draft by Sept 1.
- For Jan-Mar, send us your draft by Dec 1.
- For Apr-June, send us your draft by Mar 1.
- For July-Sept, send us your draft by June 1.
Submissions will be published on an approximately first-come, first-served basis, depending on any editing / back-and-forth that may be required.
Thanks to Stephanie Lynch for her help in rethinking our system!
Overview of our process
- First, have a look at the guide below to understand a bit about our audience and the styles and topics we typically look for (though feel free to be creative!)
- Once you've got an idea for an article in mind, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know your proposed topic and format.
- We'll then send you an email inviting you to Notion, where you can draft and submit your article (you will be assigned your own Notion page for each article you submit).
- Please input your article (as well as a cover photo your author bio) into your designated Notion page by the appropriate publication date (see dates above), and email us to let us know when it's complete and ready for us to check.
- We'll read it, let you know if there are any suggested changes to make (going back and forth with the draft if we need to) and then we'll send you a final proof to catch any last-minute edits.
- Your article will then go into our publishing queue, and we'll let you know when it's set to come out! We'll share a link with you that you can share with colleagues, friends, and beyond!
1,100+ subscribers from 81+ countries as of May 2021, composed mainly of:
- Phage researchers (ranging from undergrad students to faculty, academic to industry to government)
- People working in phage biotech (ranging from scientists to executives)
- People new to the phage field (science journalists, healthcare professionals, etc.)
- People interested in keeping up to date with the phage field (investors, pharma, government, public)
Although a large proportion of our audience is generally knowledgeable about phages, we aim to keep Capsid & Tail light and readable, and NOT highly technical. We want this to be easy reading—an interesting tidbit that doesn't require a lot of concentration (each article should take ~5-10 minutes to read). Feel free to use active voice and first person pronouns, and to be conversational!
Choosing a topic
- Choose a phage-related topic (feel free to bounce ideas off of us ahead of time)