Science from the Source


Science from the Source provides a platform for scientists to engage readers with their research and share their experiences and perspectives. Prominent researchers present their recent and current research endeavours, milestones they have achieved, challenges they face, and plans for the future in a way that is accessible to the public, without sacrificing scientific accuracy. These articles highlight potential avenues that individuals planning a career in scientific research may consider.


We seek submissions from principal investigators in all disciplines of science who have made recent contributions to their field of study, maintain an active research program, and are passionate about outreach. Those interested in submitting an article for publication in this section should first send a brief description (one paragraph) of their proposed article to the section editor at


Note: there are no submission, page, or publication charges for authors.


Please write your text in proper English (British usage). Technical terms may be used, but authors should define any terms that would be unfamiliar to non-experts.


Submit a Microsoft Word document. All text, including titles and headings, should be in 12pt Times New Roman. Headings should be bolded and subheadings should be italicized.

Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced during the publishing process. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. Include continuous line numbering.


Articles in this section vary in length, but a rough guideline for length is 3000 words. Please consult with an associate editor if you expect you article to be significantly longer than this.

Essential title page information

  • Title
  • Author names and affiliations: present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names, Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, and include the country name
  • Corresponding author: ensure that a phone number is provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address of the corresponding author.

Guiding questions

Ready to write your Science from the Source article, but not sure where to start? Take a look at the guiding questions below. Answering these questions will provide a good basis for a submission to this section. Why is your research exciting?

  • Describe a project you are currently working on.
  • How did you begin your journey in your field of study?
  • What initially sparked your interested in this type of research?
  • What is the major challenge in your field of study/in your lab right now?
  • Where do you think this field is headed?
  • Describe a major milestone in your research?
  • What do you find most rewarding about your job/research?
  • What are your next steps?
  • What impact has your research had?
  • What advice do you have for students interested in entering this field?


  • Abstract
  • Headings of main body sections can be decided on my authors. See guiding questions above for section heading ideas.
  • Acknowledgements


References should be limited to 10 representative articles. Provide all of your references in ACS format in the order in which they appear in the manuscript, and ensure that they are numbered. In-text referencing using superscripted numbers is required. Please include DOIs in your references.

ACS format for journal articles:

Author, A. A; Author, B. B; Author, C. C. Title of Article. Journal Abbreviation (italics)[Online if online] Year (boldface), Volume (italics), Pagination.

ACS format for books:

Author, A. A.; Author, B. B. Book Title (italics), Edition (if any); Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Pagination.

Tables and Figures

All tables and figures must be submitted in a separate document file rather than embedded in the manuscript. Captions for tables and figures may be listed at the end of the manuscript. Tables and figures should be numbered and referenced in the text of the main manuscript (e.g. Figure 1). Figures should be minimum 300 dpi and saved as EPS or TIFF files.

When providing imaging data (microscopy images, gels, blots, etc.), you are permitted to adjust contrast levels and brightness so not to obscure any information within the image while increasing its quality. Modifying images, electronically or otherwise, to mask or alter presented data is a serious breach of research ethics and may negatively affect an author’s ability to be published in the JSST.

Authors may (and are encouraged to) submit action shots of themselves and members of the lab engaging in research.


Authors may submit a short video of themselves discussing their research, demonstrating an experiment, performing fieldwork, etc. to accompany the article.


Section Editor: Erica Tennenhouse,