Perspective articles submitted to JYI are written about the context in which scientific research becomes relevant and functions in the world around us. While a research manuscript confers experimental data in a somewhat formulaic, rigid manner, a perspective piece should take available research and add a compelling depth of analysis, novelty of insight, and/or opinion. Perspective pieces should be written in an essay format with a clear authorial voice on a topic that you have experience with and the JYI audience may find fascinating. In essence, a perspective article is your chance to take your research or area of interest to the next step; further than you would be able to in a traditional review or experimental manuscript. Grab your audience’s attention and share your perspective on a topic.
- Write about a topic in which you have a high level of experience and insight: this could be your research, a topic within your major, and/or a more personal experience.
- Use concrete examples (published statistics, well-supported theories, strong analogies) to further your points and overall narrative.
- Do not exceed 1,250 words.
- Avoid promotional material of any kind, clichés (i.e. to be or not to be…), flowery language, jargon, and buzzwords.
- Figures need not be included.
- Do not embellish or misrepresent existing research to further your perspective’s points.
- The maximum number of references is twelve; APA format.
- Have someone impartial read your submission to ensure that it makes sense and keeps their interest.
Before beginning to write your perspective articles, please see these examples.
Guide to Scientific Writing