How to help us!
We welcome submissions from fellow marine biology students and sea lovers that we will review, translate and format before publishing.
You can help us by either submitting your own work, peer-reviewing or translating the work of someone else.
Below you will find guidelines on how to draft a post. Once your manuscript is ready for submission, upload the manuscript on our google drive (instructions below) and fill in the submission google spreadsheet (see below). You will be able to follow the peer-review process on that sheet.
Write with us!
Draft a blog post.
If you are early career researchers like us and you want to share your work, Ocean Fact is made for you. We write blog posts on a variety of topics in marine science and also present what it is like to be a marine biologist on a daily basis.
Some important informations:
- Topic: You are free to choose any topics as long as your blog post carries a positive and optimistic point of view. This doesn’t mean we avoid broaching topics such as climate change but more that we also talk about already existing and possible solutions to mitigate climate change.
- Post length: A post shouldn’t be longer than two pages long (text + any illustrations).
- Facts: To stay in the spirit of OceanFact, make sure to include facts about the topic you are broaching (e.g. “the narwhal tusk can grow up to 3m long”). It will help us spread your work on our social medias.
- References: If you cite someone else’s work, you must always provide references to that work like you would do for a scientific article.
- Make sure you own the right to use any illustrations or target copyrights-free illustrations (see creative commons, flickr and others).
- HAVE FUN! Do it seriously but make your science funny.
You can submit your work via our google spreadsheet. See the section for submission below.
Your work will be peer-reviewed by other fellow early career marine biologists. Then translated, published and spread over our social medias for others to discover the great work you have accomplished. It is a great opportunity to gain visibility at early stages of your career. Keep up your great work!
N.B. If you don’t know what to write about, you can:
- Share your experience as a marine biologist,
- Write a species sheet about a new species you have discovered or share facts about your favourite species,
- Explain how you tackle your scientific questions.
Draft for our instagram.
Each week, we publish short facts on marine biology on the @OceanFact instagram. Each weeks we broach new topics and invite our readers to provide their own facts, pictures or such any new topics for the coming weeks. You can help write facts and help us find new topics and ideas. Provide us with links to pictures from instagram.
Some important pieces of information:
- Facts: The facts are about 100 characters long.
- References: You should be able to provide sources that can back up your facts, by preference from the scientific literature.
- Pictures: You must own the rights to use those pictures or can prove we can use them (contacting the owner is always the first step). We will ask to check the granted use to those pictures (see “Share your pictures“)
- HAVE FUN! Stay serious but make your science funny.
Your facts will be shared with the Ocean Fact community. We also spread the blog posts on our instagram via facts.
Contribute with your pictures.
It is not easy to find pictures and illustrations one can use. You can help us by sharing your pictures. They will be used in articles or on instagram. You will obviously still own the rights to your pictures.
We require you to scale down your pictures to a maximum width of 900px and a minimum of 600px at a resolution of 72 dpi. However we can make the adjustments for you if you provide us with the highest quality picture possible. It is just faster and easier to upload and use if you do it yourself.
For a use on instagram, we require you to prepare your pictures at a ratio of 1:1 as required by the platform.
If you own an instagram yourself or take sea related pictures, you can allow us to use your pictures by adding your name and information in the Google Spreadsheet below.
We only ask you to provide proof of your agreement. You can either
- contact us on instagram (we will keep a screenshot of the conversation)
- or write your agreement on a piece of paper, sign it, create yourself a folder in our Google Drive where you will upload this agreement together with your pictures.
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Submit your work.
To submit your work, nothing difficult here. Follow the link to our Google Drive and create yourself a folder named with a short version of the title of your article. Do not forget to copy the link to that folder as you will need it in the next step. Drop any word documents or pictures inside that folder. If you plan on using pictures from instagram, provide a link to the picture inside the word document at the location where you want the picture to appear. We will embed your instagram inside the article.
Last step: Fill in the Google Spreadsheet (i.e. “Submitted” tab; also below) with the required pieces of information (don’t forget to provide an active email and to insert the link to your Google Drive folder). Our team will check regularly for new submissions and will assign the review to someone. Once our job is done, we will get back to you by email. You will be able to follow the steps of review on that sheet.
Articles and facts pending review
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Become a team member
By becoming a regular member, you commit yourself to perform at least two tasks.
Each months you will be assigned one peer-review AND, one translation OR formatting tasks.
The reviewer‘s job is to improve the article. He will suggest any adjustments and corrections to the article. He makes sure that the articles can be understood by not only peer scientists but also a larger public (including children). He corrects spelling and grammar mistakes, and prepare the article for publishing online.
The translators translates the main article either from English to French OR French to English. In the future, we will welcome more languages as we will have a larger team.
Formatting: At the end of the writing process, someone is in charge to format the article for publishing online. That person splits the text into pieces and add them to a post. She prepares and uploads the illustrations. We use WordPress and a WYSIWYG editor (« What You See Is What You Get »). No need to learn coding and just in case, we can teach you and help you. Guidelines are under preparation. On top of that, a main editor will make sure everything is ok before publishing.
If no one else can take a job, we can ask you to perform more than one task per month but we will never force any one, of course. It is always possible that you recruit yourself someone to help you.
Below you will find a list of sea lovers who agreed to work with us. By filling the same sheet, you let us know we can contact you to perform specific tasks.
On top of that, feel free to write as many blog posts as you want and to participate in other tasks such as
- The preparation of instagram posts,
- Sharing posts across social medias,
- Answering comments,
- Sharing adequate content on our facebook page and
- Promoting the project to potential new readers and collaborators.
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