Guidelines for submissions

Audience: Remember that the blog is written for a public audience. Avoid jargon, and give context where needed.

Tell a story: Like a journalist, cover who, what, when, where, how, and why. Make it personal. Share things you’ve done and seen, lessons you’ve learned, problems you’ve solved, etc.

Use the ‘inverted pyramid’: Start with a hook, to grab the reader’s attention, then the most important details of the story, and finally necessary background and context.

Make it easy to read: Use short words, sentences and paragraphs if possible. Say things simply. Don’t skirt around issues and avoid long sentences that are difficult to understand.

Write in a friendly voice: Use a conversational, personal tone, and include anecdotes where appropriate. Use active, rather than passive voice. Use humour and questions to invite curiosity.

  • Length: Keep your blog between 400-700 words
  • Title of article: Approx 4-10 words. These should catch the reader’s attention.
  • Opening line: Think about your first line and, again, how you can grab the reader’s attention.
  • Your name and affiliation: Preferably please include one institution of affiliation.
  • Images: Images can help bring a blog to life and we’d recommend attaching 1-2 images at least. Make sure the images are high resolution (600px width is a good minimum), and not pixelated. If the picture is a graph or something unusual, include a short caption explaining what it is.
  • Give credit: Check your facts and quotations. Cite your sources.

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We promote physiology and support those working in the field by organising world-class scientific meetings, offering grants for research, collaboration and international travel, and by publishing the latest developments in our leading scientific journals, The Journal of Physiology, Experimental Physiology and Physiological Reports. We also aim to increase awareness of physiology in order to strengthen the pipeline of physiologists across the discipline. Membership is available for all career stages, from undergraduate level to senior level scientists.



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