Posts from the community: what we’re looking for from you
All Network users are encouraged to contribute posts. Here's how and why!
All registered users of the FEBS Network are encouraged to contribute posts to the platform to share their knowledge, ideas and opinions. While selected experts, writers and contributors may post into the themed channels or rooms on the Network, others registered on the site can now post to their profile page and their new posts will also appear in the ‘Latest from the community’ feature on the homepage.
We’re looking forward to seeing what our talented community comes up with, but here are three nuggets of guidance on posts before you start:
The FEBS Network covers topics in the molecular and cellular life sciences for scientists working in these areas. Whether you view yourself as a traditional biochemist or molecular biologist, a trailblazer in an emerging biomolecular research area, or a translator of fundamental research into clinical and environmental applications, if you are passionate about research into cells and the molecules of life, you’re in!
You can post on research and lab matters as well as related issues of interest to molecular life scientists such as teaching, career progression and science policy.
The ultimate goal of the FEBS Network is to help advance the molecular life sciences, and we are aiming to create a platform that has real value for the scientific community. Partly this comes from the content added to the site – but what makes a post have value?
It’s a philosophical question, but ideally FEBS Network posts should provide some or all of insight, advice, resources, opinion, analysis, updates, news, interest or education.
Here are a few examples to get you thinking:
- practical help for scientists starting out with a new technique might come from sharing a post (or even a video) to explain a methodology you’ve mastered
- scientists drowning in a sea of new research papers in their area might appreciate a brief round-up of some recent articles
- if you teach, perhaps you’ve come up with a neat way to explain a concept to an undergraduate class that you’d like to share
- value also comes from support and inspiration, which could take the form of sharing soft skills tips, or perhaps an interview with a distinguished researcher at your institute
What would you like to see on the Network? Chances are others are thinking similarly.
The FEBS Network community will enjoy a well-prepared post that is interesting and easy to read. Organize your thoughts and content logically to help others readily understand your message, and check the final text carefully.
Aim for a post between 250 and 1000 words to provide substantive value but to suit a community site.
Images can add a lot to your post. After ensuring you are not infringing copyright, upload a suitable ‘poster image’ for your piece to attract readers, and consider inserting images into the post itself for extra interest and understanding.
- Keep it relevant to the Network topics
- Aim to add value to your community: what would you like to see on the Network?
- Keep it short but meaningful: 250–1000 words should do it
- Add a poster image to attract attention
- Check out our training video
Good luck with your first piece of content!