Blog Writing Guidelines

Interested in writing a guest blog post? Great! Here are a few tips to help.

Blog posts are relatively short, typically a maximum of 1,000 words. Posts are written  ‘popular science’ language – i.e. no jargon or heavy statistics. Posts may be written individually or co-authored.

Other than that, there is plenty of room for creativity! Our previous guest contributors have used a range of different styles, for example:

Photos are gratefully received and will be fully credited.

When submitting your post, please also include a few short sentences to introduce yourself.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your potential blog post in more detail, please email Samantha Ponton in the Journal of Animal Ecology editorial office (admin@journalofanimalecology).

Ready to send us your post?

If you have written your post and you are ready to send it to us, as a general guideline, blog posts should contain the following:

  • Title:
  • Author(s):
  • A few short sentences to introduce yourself:
  • Main text [max. 1000 words]:
  • Photos/Images/Figures/Videos/Sounds [Please provide at least one, with copyright and credit]:
  • Featured image [At least 1200 by 675 pixels]:
  • Social media plug [max. 200 characters, and if you want author handles and a photo]:

Posts in a second language

We encourage authors to provide a second blog post in their native language or the language relevant to the country in which the research was conducted. The second language blog post will be posted on the blog and the two posts will be linked together. Please note that the second language blog post will not be copyedited and will be published as provided by the authors. If you’re interested in providing a copy of your blog in another language then please let us know when you email us about writing a blog post.