Showcase your research or story in Physiology News. Published quarterly, it is posted free to all Members and accessible online to everyone.
We aim to keep our readership appraised of the latest developments in physiology research, policy and education of physiology and its allied disciplines.
We welcome pitches for all article types listed below.
Please submit a preliminary title, a sentence or two summarising the focus of the article, and a brief list of a bullet points listing the various sections, like a short outline to email@example.com.
The Managing and Scientific Editor and Editorial Board reserve the right to edit submitted article where they feel it necessary to improve clarity or brevity and we cannot guarantee publication. We will be pleased to provide assistance to contributors whose first language is not English. We will aim to send proofs to authors in time for small corrections. Excessive corrections can inflate our production costs and take time from the production process, so please be mindful of this.
To appeal to our entire membership, articles can be pitched at a range of levels, from a level comprehensible to undergraduates through to a level of interest to senior scientists. Please consider whether some of the images or figures in your article might be suitable for the cover, and send images that are as high resolution as possible (minimum 300 dpi).
Feature articles: 1000–2000 words
The first paragraph will be printed as a standfirst and should be used to introduce the piece and draw in the reader. Even if the rest of your article is pitched to more senior scientists, this first paragraph should be comprehensible to undergraduates. Please divide the rest of your article into subsections, and include subheadings for each of these. If you’re using a lot of terminology that would be unfamiliar to readers, include a box explaining that terminology. We encourage articles that bring scientific research to life by telling the stories behind the research. Here is one example that uses diary entries interspersed with scientific explanations.
Letters to the Editor: up to 700 words
We invite comments and questions sparked by articles you’ve read in Physiology News. Letters are typically up to 700 words, but the length will depend on the number of submissions in the issue. We will endeavour to include your full submission. This will sometimes require that we publish it in a later issue of the magazine.
News and views: 500–700 words
This section provides short updates from within The Society, updates relevant to physiologists (related to policy, education, publishing), updates from relevant sector organisations, book reviews, or opinion pieces. The pieces should start by clarifying why the story is newsworthy, then provide relevant context and background.
Events: 500–700 words
Event reports can be written prior to a conference or afterwards. Here are a few questions/tips to consider in order to write an engaging event report:
What makes/made the event unique? Will it/Did it bring together groups that don’t usually interact? Will it/did it target a specific demographic? Will there be/was there a debate involved?
Rather than listing all the speakers, provide deeper insight into a few of the ones you find most interesting, giving readers a flavour of their work that might entice them to attend the event/research them further or attend our future events.
Aim to give the article a personal spin. Are there particular symposia or talks you’re looking forward to/enjoyed? Is there anything else about the meeting that makes/made it particularly appealing to you?
Membership: 500–1000 words
This section aims to put a spotlight on the interesting lives and work of our Members, including those who have received Society grants or awards, or have taken up important positions in The Society’s leadership. Tell us the story of your interesting outreach, education, mentoring, or other projects, or recount the progression of your career.
Obituaries: up to 900 words
Tell the story of the person, including their professional biography as well as more personal aspects such as anecdotes about them or their personal interests. How did the deceased come to a career in physiology? Describe the course of their career, their close collaborators, and, of course, their major achievements. Give an indication as to their personality and their standing. What is their legacy, personal and professional?