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Writing Guidelines

Interested in writing a post for the Methods Blog? That’s great! Below is some guidance for writing a successful blog post.

Tips for writing your post:

Posts are relatively informal in tone and written in a ‘popular science’ language for a general audience– i.e. not too much scientific jargon or heavy statistics. Posts tend to (but do not have to) focus on:

-The background/story behind your article

-Any interesting stories from undertaking the research

-The key findings and future directions

Please make sure to include the following in your post:

-Title

-Author(s) and links to their Twitter pages/websites

-A few short sentences to introduce yourself

-Main text (typically 750-1500 words)

-Photos/Images/Figures (Please provide at least one, with copyright and credit)

A few general tips that tend to make posts more popular:  

-Posts with a few images tend to get more traffic 

-Breaking your post into a few sections with section headers is also a good idea 

-Section headers improve search engine optimisation of the post if they include keywords or phrases 

-Linking out to other content also boosts Google rankings 

-Using short paragraphs and sentences will make your post easier to read on a screen

Translated blog posts

We are able to publish translated blog posts. These can make it much easier for readers who are not fluent English speakers to understand your article. In this case, please wait until your post has been edited by our blog editors before you translate it into a second language.

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your potential blog post in more detail, please email India Stephenson (coordinator@methodsinecologyandevolution.org). All posts will be edited by our Blog Associate Editors, who will make sure your post reads well, fits the brand of the blog and is accessible to a general audience before it is published.

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