SPS Science Briefs Writer's Hub

We’re open to contributions from the entire SPS community. That means that if you’ve got a cool science topic or research article you want to share, we’d love to hear about it! To minimise confusion and to keep posts standardised, we’ve created the following guidelines for aspiring contributors.

How to Write a Science Brief

  • Choose a science topic.
  • Come up with a catchy title for your Science Brief.
  • Put down your name as author (skip this step if you wish to remain anonymous).
  • Optional: Make an illustration/comic/gif/video to accompany your Science Brief.
  • Science Briefs are intended to be succinct, so we’re imposing a cap of ~400 words in the main body.
  • Write with a layman audience in mind. Think popular science magazines / ELI5 (Explain Like I’m 5) / Discovery Channel documentaries.
  • Complicated terminology should be avoided if possible; if not, hyperlinks to articles or a short footnote explaining the terminology can be included.
  • Send it to science-briefs@sps.nus.edu.sg as a Word file.
  • Your submissions will be reviewed by two members from the SPS community. Once we have the reviewers’ comments, we will work with you to format and post your Science Brief.

Sample Posts

Mantis Shrimp-Inspired Camera

The unsuspecting Mantis Shrimp. Tiny, but full of secrets. What could it be hiding from us? Kellie looks into the hidden world of this little critter, and sees what we have been missing out!

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CSI Dino: Death by Mercury Poisoning?

How did the dinosaurs die out? Was it really an asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs? Dive in with Annabel as we sleuth out another possible reason for their extinction!

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