Write For Us: Guidelines For Writing A Guest Post For Next Scientist

I heard you want to write a guest post for Next Scientist. These are great news! Please, take some time to read theses guidelines for writing a guest post.

In short the process is like this, you pitch by email your idea for a guest post and if I like it I will ask you to prepare the full guest post.

Guidelines For Writing A Guest Post: General Tips


  • Read the blog posts at Next Scientist to have an idea about topics and formatting.
  • Pitch your idea before you write a massive guest post. I don’t want you to spend hours writing if I can’t publish your post.
  • Be helpful. I want to give great value to my readers, so try be practical and help them in all possible ways.
  • Be unique. I like to see content that has not been published elsewhere.
  • Be creative. Surprise the readers, experiment with the topics and have fun.
  • Be original. Check the archives to see which topics haven’t been covered yet.
  • Be interesting. Tell us a personal story, use a metaphor, be provocative, we want you to push the boundaries.
  • Be relevant. Write your guest post about the topics Next Scientist covers. Do you want to write saying that Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo? While I fully agree with you, Messi is not for this blog.
  • Be comprehensive. We (Google and me) like long posts with lots to learn.
  • Readers first, SEO second. If people love your post Google will love it too.


  • Sell stuff. Don’t use a guest post to advertise the goodness of your company’s products. I’m fine if you link to a product of yours in the Bio. In the body of the post, only mention products if they are 100% relevant to your story.
  • Over-promise and under-deliver. Be realistic to how much you will contribute.
  • Insult or behave like a troll. We like controversial issues, but with respect.
  • Expect to earn money. We do not pay for our guest bloggers.
  • Pay to be published. We don’t accept bribes (below 7 digits).
  • Re-publish your post elsewhere.

Who Can Submit A Guest Post?

Anybody, I don’t discriminate in terms of age, gender, race, education, location, reputation, diplomas, blogging experience, etc. You don’t need to be a famous blogger neither a senior professor.

You just need to have a good story to tell, be able to write it down and read these guidelines for writing guest post. And that’s it.


  • Online presence for scientists. I want to help scientists to have more impact, spread their science and grow their scientific footprint by using internet tools.
  • Web 2.0 for scientist. Anything from social media to blogging for scientists to the latest software.
  • PhD and young scientists life. Tips about surviving a PhD. Choosing academia or industry?
  • How to become a better scientist? Skills, tips, tricks and non-conventional hacks useful to do better science and progress in a scientific career.

Do you know how to solve a common problem in science? Teach people a better way of doing science, or a way they can eliminate a frustration.

Are there tips, tricks and tactics that have improved your research? Tell our audience and challenge them to try this new strategy.

Do you feel strongly about a situation while doing your PhD? Explore the pros and cons, and share your opinion with arguments for change.

Go through the archives to find what we haven’t written yet. You can also express a different opinion about some of our previous posts.

guidelines for writing a guest post

What’s In It For Me?

I can’t cover all topics from all angles since I have limited knowledge and limited time, so your help is much appreciated. Furthermore, I like to have other opinions and points of view different than mine in the blog. You can complement me and help me to build a better blog.

What’s In It For You?

Guest blogging has many benefits. You get a place to explore ideas that you are curious about or that might be off-topic in your own blog.

You can reach a large audience: Next Scientist has around 10.000 monthly visitors, almost 1.000 subscribers and 800 Twitter followers.

You can get a few links back to your blog and online profiles.

Submission Process

Do you want to get your guest post accepted? Then prepare an email and send it to nextscientist {at} nextscientist {dot} com with the following information, which is an elevator pitch of your guest post (you don’t need to write the whole thing yet).

  • Subject Line: Use this format please: Guest Post Idea(s) – Insert Idea(s) Here
  • Introduction: Tell me a little bit about yourself, something you read in Next Scientist that made you want to blog, or why you would like to write for us. Something brief so I can have a better idea of who you are. Don’t jump right into, “Here’s my guest post idea”.

Include the following three things for each guest post idea you’re submitting. If you’re pitching multiple ideas – which is great – include a separate section for each. You can even tell me which idea you prefer but I may have different preferences than you.

  • Propose a headline: The headline is perhaps the most critical part of your whole guest post. Shouldn’t it be content? Excellent content makes an post excellent. An excellent headline makes a post clicked, shared, read and successful. With the headline you attract people to your post. Spend some time thinking about a compelling headline before writing this up. I can tell a lot about how successful a blog post might be by the proposed headline.
  • Outline of Your Angle and Content: Give me three or more bullet points outlining your approach, possible sub-headings, and the overall flavor of your guest post.
  • Value for the readers: Show you know and care about the community here by explaining what kind of value they’ll get from spending their precious time reading/listening/watching this. Why should they read your post?

I will read it carefully and evaluate if your idea for a guest post is a good fit for Next Scientist.

I will reply to you ASAP and let you know if I want to proceed with our collaboration.

If I agree, I will ask you to send the full guest post.

Post Specifications

We are half way these guidelines for writing a guest post. If your guest post pitch received a positive answer from me, it’s time to get your writing juices flowing. Now you have to write the actual guest post. Here’s what is expected from you.

  • Post length: Minimum 1000 words, ideally more. The reason is that people tend to enjoy long posts, they get more value of them since they have more content. The words you write should be actual content, not stuffing material. And since uncle Google likes what people like, long posts get more visitors from search engines and social media.
  • Formatting: It should be easy for the reader to scan your guest post and find information. Bullet points, sub-headlines (and sub-sub-headlines), bold face and italics give clarity to the text and their use is encouraged. While you can use long sentences, short paragraphs are much appreciated (max 4 sentences per paragraph). Just write like you talk.
  • Author name: Let me know how you want to be mentioned in the post.
  • Headline: Again, special care should be taken when crafting a headline. Let me know if you need help to work out an informative and catchy headline for your guest post.
  • Introduction: State the problem at hand and let the reader know that you are going to tackle it. With the intro you make the reader want to read the rest of the post.
  • Main content: Here’s the meaty part, show us what you are made of.  The use of stats (with source), pictures, quotes, facts and the like is welcome.
  • Wrap-up: Close what you started in the introduction. What is the conclusion? Repeat your call-to-action for the readers and encourage them to comment.
  • Bio: See the Bio section for specific details.
  • Tags, categories and SEO: I’ll take care of that.
  • Submit the guest post in plain text (.txt or .rtf) not as a .doc. Word documents are a pain in the ass when copy-pasted in WordPress. Pages documents are acceptable. You can also include the Word or  Pages document to give me an idea of your layout.


  • Length: 2-4 sentences.
  • Links: 1-4 links (minimum 1 link). Here you can link to your blog, website, online profiles, or product. Most common links are to blog and Twitter. If you don’t have any of the above, you can use your LinkedIn profile.
  • Photo: create an account in gravatar.com with your email, upload a headshot. Your NextScientist author account will be linked to that email and your image will appear automagically. This is useful if you want to be a regular guest blogger.

Use of links

I’d like if you included one or two links to older posts in Next Scientist. You can also include  max two links to your own blog posts and two or three to other resources on the Internet. Of course, use your own judgement to include links only when they fit the story in your guest post.

Affiliate links are not permitted. You can link to products or services, but I might remove them if I wouldn’t recommend them.

Use of Images

We need at least a photo to be used as featured image. It should be in landscape orientation. The use of more images or videos is possible but not required. Just make sure the width of the media is at least 500px.

Editing And Revisions

  • Most likely I will do some copy-editing on your guest posts. My goal is not to make it mine, but to add clarity and an extra punch.
  • I might correct some spelling mistakes, rephrase here and there, change some words, shorten paragraphs and reorder them.
  • I am going to look closely at the guest post tittle and the first paragraph. These parts are the ones that will make your post be widely read.
  • I will submit to you my revisions for your ok or asking for more revisions from your side. Do not feel offended or embarrassed, I just want your post to be as good as possible.

When Is It Published?

Once we agree on a final version of your guest post I will let you know when it will be published.  You might have to wait for publication anything between days and weeks, depending on how busy the publication queue is.

If you have a preferred date and time of publication, let me know and I will try to accommodate your wishes.

While there is no fixed time for publication, I tend to publish posts in the morning at ECT time during weekdays.

Promotion And Post-publication

  • Your guest post will be sent to the subscribers of Next Science newsletter, posted in our Facebook page, shared in our LinkedIn group and promoted multiple times via Twitter and Google+.
  • It would be great if you could create also some buzz via the social media channels your use.
  • Feel free to refer your guest post to other people that might find it useful.
  • It is highly appreciated if you reply to the comments of the readers. Be thankful and contribute to keep the conversation going.

Rights And Republishing Terms

Your post is yours and you can use it for your work and your purposes. However, you consent to the full article, extracts, samples or examples appearing in other Next Scientist content, products and/or services. You will always be credited as the author.

Still With Me? Send Me Your Guest Post Pitch

You arrived to the end of these (not so short) guidelines for writing a guest post, congratulations.

If you still want to do this, please send me your guest post pitch in an email at nextscientist {at} nextscientist {dot} com. I will try to reply ASAP with a (hopefully positive) reply. Then you will be able submit your guest post.

Thanks for having read these guidelines and for helping me to make Next Scientist a great blog for scientists. I am really looking forward to read your guest post.


These guidelines for writing a guest post are inspired by the guidelines of Value Of Simple.

About Julio Peironcely

Julio Peironcely, PhD is the founder of Next Scientist and a PhD by Leiden University. He helps PhD students to stay motivated, be more productive and finish their PhDs. Follow him on Twitter (@peyron) or read more from him on JulioPeironcely.com.


  1. Elimba Dikalo says:


    Your invitation is appealing but lacks a convincing incentive to write an article for your blog. Nowdays,  writers are paid gold to create an article for a Web site. Take a look at the multitude of  freelance job web sites and you will understand. Time is money.

    I wish you success.

    • NextScientist says:

      Hi Elimba,
      You are right that money is a powerful incentive, but not the only one. 
      Previous guest bloggers for Next Scientist collaborated with me because:

      – their guest post was off-topic for their personal blogs, or

      – they did not have a blog of their own, or

      – they wanted to reach a new audience, and/or- they got backlinks to their blogs/sites.

      Thanks for your comment,

  2. Thanks for the hat tip at the end of the guidelines, Julio! These guidelines look awesome and I hope they’re getting you the quantity and quality of pitches you are hoping for.

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