Perspectives are op-ed articles that offer lucid, well-informed analyses of issues relevant to careers in the sciences: diversity, work-life balance, career opportunities, management skills, workforce policy, and so on. They typically are written by people with standing or expertise on the issue. For example, last October, sociologist Ruth Müller, whose dissertation focused on the academic landscape that today's postdoctoral scientists are working in, wrote about how career "bottlenecks"--that is, the widely known challenge of finding a job--affect the attitudes and choices postdocs make. In April, Stephanie Pfirman and Melissa Begg wrote about the career-related challenges of working in an interdisciplinary field. Perspective pieces should have something interesting and original to say, and be written in an engaging, accessible style; we're not seeking technical journal articles.
Interested in writing for us? Send your submissions to jaustin (at) aaas (dot) org. Or if you'd rather discuss a potential submission, just drop me a note. In all cases, submissions will be judged by the quality and originality of ideas, as well as the quality of the writing.
For younger scientists especially, opportunities to engage in good writing--and to have the result published in a prominent, visible place--are rare. Don't miss out.