How to Write a Scientific Magazine Article

Course Length: 1.75 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  • Write each of the key sections of an engaging and informative scientific magazine article
  • Describe the key differences between scientific magazine articles and journal articles
  • Identify the 3 most common circumstances under which you would get to write a scientific magazine article
  • Follow guidelines to select a compelling magazine article topic
  • Select a target scientific magazine for your article
  • Find a scientific magazine’s submission guidelines
  • Write a successful scientific magazine article pitch
  • List the 7 most common mistakes in scientific magazine article pitches
  • Describe the standard terms and conditions in magazine publisher contracts


Devin Reese, PhD is an internationally acclaimed science writer and ecologist whose research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Herpetology and the Journal of Wildlife Management. After graduating from Harvard University with her Bachelor’s in Ethology and her PhD in Integrative Biology from U.C. Berkeley, she served as a Science and Diplomacy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Reese spent five years developing instructional materials for the Smithsonian’s Science Education Center, followed by seven years as the lead content writer for the Smithsonian’s Q?rius Center at the National Museum of Natural History. Her work with the award-winning Smithsonian Science How Team resulted in team accolades from the American Alliance of Museums, the National Museum of Natural History, and EdTech Digest. Since this time, her extensive background in science communication and work with organizations throughout Latin America, South Asia, and Southern Africa has resulted in positions as a scriptwriter for PBS as well as an editor for the World Wildlife Fund.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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