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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.)
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.
- Science Update: An article about your own research. These articles cannot present new scientific conclusions or data that has not already appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. Your article should offer a look into the process of the research, the challenges encountered and how they were addressed, concluding with the questions that remain and how you plan to approach answering them. Your passion and excitement about the research and the importance of the conclusions you hope to reach are welcome additions to these articles.
- Eos no longer publishes Meeting Reports. However, you may propose a Science Update that offers substantial insight into and context of discussions and results presented at meetings, conferences, and workshops. You must place the topic into its broader context. Procedural accounts or specifics about how a workshop operated will not be published.
- Science Updates, if accepted, will be limited to 1,500 words. Here are a few examples of the kinds of article we’ll help you produce if we accept your article proposal:
- Opinion: A persuasive article that identifies a problem within the Earth and space science community (culturally or scientifically) and offers solutions for the reader. If you are addressing a widely known problem (e.g., diversity; COVID; climate change) your proposal should explain why your article will be different or add to Eos’s previously published work on the topic.
- Opinions, if accepted, will be limited to 1,500 words. Here are a few examples of the kinds of article we’ll help you produce if we accept your article proposal:
- Feature article: A solid overview of a defined topic that cites a variety of research to place the topic in a broad context. A Feature gives readers a sense of the history, challenges, and opportunities related to the topic discussed. When possible, the article should weave together science and policy issues related to the topic and acknowledge alternate findings.
- Features, if accepted, will be limited to 2,000 words. Here are a few examples of the kinds of article we’ll help you produce if we accept your article proposal:
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.
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.