iSGTW needs your help!
There are so many interesting stories out there, we couldn't possibly cover them all on our own. That's why we're always looking for contributions from readers like you.
When you write for iSGTW, your writing goes out to over 8000 fellow researchers and scientific computing specialists, as well as a number of funders, communicators, journalists, and science and technology enthusiasts. It's a great way to raise your profile and the profile of your research or institution, while simultaneously doing a service to the community. There are many ways to contribute to iSGTW.
Do you have a great story idea that you haven't seen covered anywhere, but no time to look into it yourself? We'd love to hear about it! Send it to us at email@example.com.
We also love it when people write stories for us to run. Bear in mind, though, that not all stories are suited to iSGTW. To save you some time, we recommend that you send us a story pitch before you write up the whole story.
An ideal story pitch will tell us:
Send your story pitches to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our contributed features typically range in size from 400 to 700 words in length, although in unusual cases we have run stories as long as 1500 words.
There are several types of features we run in iSGTW. Not all features fit into the categories outlined below, but these should give you a start.
Our unique audience makes iSGTW a great place to share your opinions with your colleagues. In fact, many of our most popular articles are interviews or opinion articles.
An opinion article, which is written in the first person, is a way for you to offer your considered perspective on topics that have a broad impact. A Letter to the Editor is an opinion article written in response to a story which already run in iSGTW. Interviews are more likely to touch on a variety of topics, teach readers new concepts, and perhaps discuss your research.
Our Back to Basics articles are aimed at researchers who are new to scientific computing or familiar with one form of computing but not another. We use these articles to explain concepts that will help researchers make educated decisions about computational resources. Eventually, these articles will be incorporated into our Learn pages to serve the research computing community.
A Research Report is an article in which a researcher describes, in first person, one of two types of published research results.
These articles aim to give computing experts and researchers the information they need to make evidence-based decisions about user experiences and computing resources.
These stories use journalistic style to describe interesting scientific or academic research enabled by distributed computing. A good Research Applications article will explain the science at a level appropriate for general audiences, and contain information about the computational resources and software that supported the science. An excellent Research Applications article will cover interesting or important science that was enabled by innovative computing solutions.
Technology Research articles are written in a journalistic style, and describe computing research relevant to computational science.
Sometimes it is worth profiling a large-scale research project before it even has any results, or when it is not yet complete. These stories discuss the science or technology the project will explore, as well as the design decisions made thus far regarding software, data management, compute power, etc.
Spotlight is the section where, each week, we put a link, blog post, statistic, glossary word, or other item in the spotlight. These articles are particularly short, ranging from 100 to 300 words.
Visual is the section where, each week, we feature a visually attractive item such as an image, video, or slideshow related to distributed scientific computing. Visual articles are sometimes as short as a caption, explaining the featured item and its copyright information.
There are two kinds of calendar items: Events and Deadlines. The former is intended for events such as conferences and symposiums. The latter is intended for major deadlines, such as call for papers or registration deadlines.
The items you submit will become visible on the site once they have been approved by iSGTW staff.
Although you can edit the announcements, jobs, and calendar items you submit, please be aware that doing so takes the item off the site until it is re-approved by iSGTW staff.