Article Submissions

Topics you can write about!

​We invite you to explore your writing ability and share your work on the following topics: 

  • Science ​​

    • Articles may address any themes within neuroscience and psychology

    • Content/ advice on mental health issues (from mental health professionals only)

    • Recent scientific development

    • Opinion pieces on scientific advancements

    • Science education

    • Discoveries

    • Internship experiences

    • Ethics in science

    • Impact of/ implications of neuroscience in everyday life/ society

    • Science Policy related news/ articles/op-eds​

  • Social initiatives and/or establishments that are relevant to these topics, including those relevant on academic frontiers.

  • You may also write about neuroscience research in new institutions and interesting courses/innovative teaching strategies accomplished in the field or using neuroscientific methods

  • Historic moments in neuroscience

 

Guidelines for Writers

  • The readers of our articles are young, hence we expect the article to be accessible to students in high school and students in their undergraduate years. 

  • For writers interested in writing about scientific developments, we encourage you to go through research articles in other science communication journals/reviews of scientific work, rather than specific papers on the subject alone. This will ensure that your article remains broad in its foundation. 

  • All references should be cited in a standard citation format. We recommend the use of APA format citations at the end of the article. See more about APA reference styles here. but we will also accept in-text citations in the form of links. We request you to please utilize reliable sources to reference your articles. 

  • If you plan to interview a scientist, we request you to take responsibility to obtain consent and make sure you confirm this before proceeding with the submission. 

  • The submissions should be under 1000 words. 

  • Please ensure you have sufficient and widespread references (a minimum of 2). Please refrain from basing an entire article on an existing source (such as another article/YouTube video/infographic).

  • In the case of long articles, it would be great if you can break them down into paragraphs and use sub-headings. You are also encouraged to develop a catchy heading for your pitch. 

  • Refrain from complex jargon but also remain somewhat formal in the writing style. See examples below for suggested writing styles:  

    • Oxytocin regulates social preference behaviors in neocortical circuits (too formal, and with several complex words which a beginner might not be familiar with).

    • Oxytocin is the feel-good amazing thing in your head (informal)

    • Have you wondered what drives you into your best friend’s arms when you meet after that vacation? Within the far expanses of your brain lies a little chemical called Oxytocin that’s released as you embrace. (Formally written, draws the reader’s attention and also communicates the scientific concept).  

Please note: 

  • We can only accept original work and will not publish plagiarized content.

  • We may publish work that has been previously published, however, it is the author’s responsibility to not violate any binding agreements.

  • For interviews, we stress that it is the author’s responsibility to ensure they do not release sensitive information and obtain the necessary consent from the interviewee.

 

Writing about Neuroscience 

To begin writing in Neuroscience or related fields, you can use the brief framework mentioned below: 

  • Identify a topic - for example, alcohol and the brain [What]

  • Why is this unique? Approach what you can contribute to this. Maybe you saw a movie that made you question why alcohol caused a character to act a certain way? Maybe you wonder why there’s a need for a minimum age to drink? [Why]

  • Bring your idea into the real world, where people relate to it. Read up on alcohol and the brain and what you can bring to it from reading! [How]

 

Referencing requirements from writers

  • Kindly note that you may be asked by our editor(s) to add additional references supporting any statement in the article, if required, during the process of review. This is in order to encourage our writers to learn to uphold scientific writing standards and also to ensure scientific accuracy and rigor of the content being disseminated by Stimulus. The general referencing expectations are as below: 

  • Number of references if the writer is in their 2nd/3rd/4th year of UG = 3 to 4 minimum

  • Number of references if the writer is below 2nd year of UG = 1 to 2 minimum 

  • Number of references for anyone above 4th year of UG = We would prefer at least 5 to 6 references. We also look forward to the content being more maturely constructed and observing a clear thesis statement and points of argument.