If you are a scientist who would like to publish in Eos, read this page all the way through before submitting a proposal. Do not write a manuscript before proposing an article. Only half of all proposals are accepted on average.

Eos is the science news magazine published by AGU for a broad audience that includes the worldwide scientific community and the science-engaged public. News pitches are reviewed and approved by Eos editors; article proposals by scientists are reviewed by Eos Science Advisers and approved by Eos editors and must be intended for this broad audience, not solely the AGU membership.

Eos is not a journal and does not publish data or original research results that have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, nor does it publish overly technical language or jargon.

Eos does not accept simultaneously submitted or previously published articles, including articles published on preprint servers. Eos accepts article proposals, not completed manuscripts.

Read our FAQ below before submitting a proposal to Eos.

What Does Eos Publish?

News and features reported by science journalists. Send pitches to eos@agu.org.

Research updates, opinions, and features written by scientists. Scientist-written articles in Eos offer the opportunity to answer questions that journals may not: Why are you studying this? What is interesting about these scientific questions?

To view short videos with information and tips for scientists who want to write for Eos, jump down this page.

If you’re seeking to publish about a recently deceased Earth or space science colleague, please do so on AGU’s In Memorium page.

I’m a Scientist-Author. How do I Submit?

Scientist-authors may submit article proposals to Eos. Please do not submit completed manuscripts. Authors are limited to 5 total. (If you live in a region where you cannot access this form, please submit the article’s key points in 300 words or less to eos@agu.org.)

Proposals are evaluated by our panel of Eos Science Advisers. If your proposal is accepted, Eos will work with you during the writing process so that your manuscript is engaging and informative to Eos’s audience. Read our author guidelines (PDF) here. Eos reserves the right not to publish manuscripts that do not follow this guidance.

The submission form will ask you to briefly describe the focus of your topic, the key points, and any broader impacts—about 400 words maximum. Next, select the type of article you’re proposing. Do not write a draft before proposing your article.

Freelancers can also use this form to pitch us a news story, and any reader can suggest an idea that they’d like Eos to cover.
Submit your article proposal or news pitch here.

What Happens Once I Submit My Proposal?

  • Your proposal will be reviewed by Eos’s editorial staff and Science Advisers, and you should receive a response within 2–4 weeks. These reviews assess the following:
    — Interest for the Eos audience
    — Scientific accuracy and soundness
  • If your proposal is accepted, Eos will send reviewer comments and science communication guidance to the authors, which they should use to complete the manuscript within 6 weeks.
  • Your manuscript will enter the publishing queue, which includes substantive and line editing by Eos. This process will take approximately 6 weeks.
  • Your manuscript will be reviewed by a Science Adviser for success in following our guidelines and producing an engaging and educational manuscript.
  • Eos reserves the right to decline to publish completed manuscripts that do not adhere to our guidelines. Author input will be considered on headlines and teasers, but final decisions are the responsibility of Eos.
  • Time from proposal to publication is between 12 and 16 weeks, depending largely on the time the author spends writing the manuscript and the editing required once complete.

If Eos Accepts My Proposal, How do I Write My Manuscript?

If Eos accepts your proposal, a science editor will work with you to develop your manuscript. Eos editors are expert science communicators and will ensure your article is engaging and widely read. Below is a summary of what we’ll expect from your manuscript.

Language: Eos requires a writing style that is accessible to a broad audience. Avoid using specialized terminology and jargon.

References: Eos prefers hyperlinks to articles and reports. Additional minimal in-line citations to research are allowed with accompanying full references listed at the end of an article. Eos is not a journal, and therefore it is not necessary to document meticulously all sources.

Images: You’ll be asked to provide an eye-catching photograph to lead the story. Figures, collages, and maps should not be used as main images. You may include additional images, illustrations, infographics, or maps for embedding in the article. If the image is not in the public domain or available with a CC BY license, Eos needs written permission from the copyright holder of the image to publish it.

  • Figures: Figures must be high-resolution, relatively simple (including only information covered by the manuscript), and visually interesting. We may insist that our graphics team redesign the figure. We may also decline to publish figures if they do not meet Eos’s standards.

Authorship: We allow a maximum of 5 authors per article. Authors listed in the byline must be only those who actually write the manuscript. Project team names cannot be listed as authors. Other individuals or organizations who, e.g., contributed to underlying research or who provided feedback for an Eos article, may recognized in the main article or an Acknowledgments section.

Copyright: Authors must sign Eos’s copyright license agreement, selecting Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0, Creative Commons BY 3.0, Public Domain, or Crown.

Basic Style: Eos style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style and Words Into Type. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (and its Addendum), and the Glossary of Geology are used for hyphenation and spelling. Eos uses an open punctuation style, that is, only as much punctuation as necessary for clarity. Units of measure must be metric; SI units are strongly encouraged.

Will My Article Be Published in Eos Magazine?

Eos is a digital-first publication; online articles are the version of record. The Eos print magazine, a benefit for AGU members, is curated from articles published on the website. Only a fraction of the articles published on the website are included in the magazine. If your article is selected for inclusion, it may be altered for style and length, and we may contact you for assistance with additional illustrations. Authors will be mailed copies of the issue in which their article appears.