The Massive Science staff maintains this collection of resources for our members. They cover everything our contributors need to know, from how to tell stories about science in the Massive style to how to become a regular contributor to our online publication.
All members have the option to participate in our training program, which helps members become confident finding and pitching stories about complex science, writing about it in accessible language, and integrating edits to your work. The process involves several steps, including storytelling and writing exercises emailed weekly that include participation in the forum.
After training, you should aim to be certified. This consists of pitching, writing, editing, and publishing your first two articles with us. Once you’ve published your first two articles, you are certified, and all subsequent articles you pitch, we accept, and we publish are paid according to our payment scale. You are welcome to skip straight to pitching, but we’ve found that members who complete the exercises are better prepared to meet our standards. Typically the first article you pitch is a paper translation article, and the second is a more complex op-ed or narrative-style article.
If you want to be certified with Massive, you will need to get two pitches accepted to be published. This can be hard, but most people manage to do it in 8-12 weeks. Remember, after we accept a pitch, you go through a collaborative, transparent edit process with our editorial team to whip your pitch into an accessible article. Certification denotes that you have successfully mastered story pitching and writing a science narrative to the extent that you are published on MassiveSci.com, a publication with exacting editorial standards.