Do you study parasites or other symbionts? Would you like some exposure for a cool paper that you published? Do you want practice communicating your work to other disease ecologists, students, and the general public? Then I have a deal for you!
In my about page, I encourage people to send me cool parasite ecology papers that I should blog about. I’m still happy to receive those suggestions, but I’m starting to get such a high volume of suggestions that I can’t keep up with them all. That’s sad, because you are all doing awesome work, and I would love to feature that work on this blog. So, I’m inviting you – ALL OF YOU! – to write a post about a recent paper (or a suite of related papers) that you have published, which I then will gladly post on Parasite Ecology!
If you’re interested, there are a few posting guidelines that I’d like you to follow:
- The paper you cover must involve symbiont ecology in some way.
- The paper you cover must be published (at least in press).
- The post must be original – no copyright violations! – meaning that you can’t copypaste an abstract that you have used for a conference or the paper.
- The post must be written in such a way that someone outside the field of disease ecology (e.g., a freshmen undergrad) could understand it. This can be tricky, but it can often be achieved by reducing jargon and by linking your post to previous posts explaining background concepts.
- The post must contain a cartoon! Now, before you let that deter you, let me say that if you really, really, really don’t want to make a cartoon for your post, I’ll make one for you. But making the cartoons is fun, so I encourage you to do it! Don’t worry about your art skills. I trace. A lot. And you can, too.
Please be aware that (1) I can’t pay you to write a post, and (2) I reserve the right to turn down potential posts that don’t follow the above guidelines. Other than that, anything goes – haikus, you name it! – and I’m looking forward to featuring your awesome science!
You can email your posts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask me questions in the comments or via email. Happy writing!