Want to contribute to CC? Please follow our extensive Submissions Guide for instructions.
Submissions are welcome year-round. All articles should be submitted by email to: email@example.com.
At Current Conservation, we appreciate submissions to follow all or a majority of these attributes:
- Simple, sensible, and sensitive language
- Original, engaging, & imaginative in narrative
- With sharp observations, and critical analysis.
- Previously unpublished (or, if published before, carrying a Creative Commons license, and with necessary permissions from the original publication).
- Backed by solid research and data
- Sharp observation
What we don’t look for:
- Romanticised perspectives on nature. We welcome critical perspectives on ecology, climate change, conservation, with a touch of personal narrative.
- Technical language, jargon. Our goal is to simplify the crucial work in ecology to cater to a wide range of audiences. All scientific observations should be simplified into a narrative that is engaging and simple.
Submitting stories to CC like one would a research paper. We publish stories/features/articles that carry elements and observations from research. To get a sense of what we publish, have a look at some of our back issues.
Categories to submit under for Current Conservation:
Feature articles are topical pieces on current issues or research in conservation. These should be thoroughly researched and reflect what is currently known about the topic from published science. We recommend that your stories are drawn from key literature, quotes from relevant individuals, and engaging narrative. (words between 1200 to 2000).
Perspectives or opinion pieces:
Perspective or opinion pieces are short focused articles on a particular topic that present a particular point of view or argument (typically 750 to 1000 words). Perspectives are usually invited pieces, but you may contact us with a short proposal.
Articles about ecology and conservation often only cover the results of research, the end product of months or years of data collection and analysis. But field researchers have the most amazing experiences (sometimes more so in retrospect) during their time away from the comforts of civilisation. Sometimes, these may be even more instructive (and often more entertaining) than the research itself. Current Conservation welcomes contributions about field visits and experiences that somehow informed the researcher’s work or their perspective of conservation. (between 1200 to 1500 words).
Have a book review for a book on ecology, climate, and/or conservation? We look for reviews that handle critical takes on subjects covered in the book. We publish book reviews on both current books as well as old classics that have been forgotten or have current relevance. (between 1000 to 1500 words).
For Better or Verse
Submission of poetry and prosaic poetry. We welcome poems that are ekphrastic and descriptive in nature.
Current Conservation is proud to introduce a special section dedicated to all the field assistants working on projects across the world. This section features stories from the field and memories of working with field assistants at various sites. These could be specific incidents or an overall field season experience with them. (between 1200 to 2000 words).
Have an interview with someone interesting in conservation? Write to us with your pitch/submission. To understand the interview format, please look at our previous stories. (between 800 to 1200 words)
Do you enjoy the challenge of communicating complex scientific ideas and conservation issues to the general public? This section features submissions of reader-friendly summaries of recently published research papers in conservation science.
The summary (200 to 350 words) should be written in a simple jargon-free way that conveys the nuances of the paper while being easy and fun to read.
Photo essays should convey an environmental or conservation issue. These visual essays could include 4-6 spectacular images on a particular theme, along with a narrative or captions that provide background and context to the images. Your submission should include lo-res images (under ~1MB each); we will request hi-res images if your piece is selected for publication. (words between 500 to 1000)
A stand alone photo that is about the environment with a 2-3 line caption.
We welcome illustrators to donate artworks to Current Conservation revolving around the theme of conservation and ecology.
Current Conservation – Kids! is an annual supplement of Current Conservation magazine carrying stories in ecology, conservation, climate change, and the natural world for children aged between 6 to 14 years old. At Current Conservation, we believe that bringing stories crucial to our times in an engaging and artistic form to children is as important, if not more than, speaking to adults.
CC Kids is a huge part of the work we do at Current Conservation and welcome intelligent, interactive, and imaginative stories from different walks of conservation and the natural world.
Word Limit: 800 to 1500 words per story
Categories under CC Kids:
A Day in the Life:
Here we focus on stories that walk our young readers through what an average day looks like for a creature, tree, habitat, species, a conservationist, other interesting scientists working closely in conservation etc. This piece engages the readers through the lens of their subject.
Self-explanatory. This is a directory of fun facts about your chosen subject, writing in an engaging manner. Think: visually enticing narrative. Eg. Steel is strong. But you know what’s stronger? The thread released by Darwin’s Bark Spider! What not to think: Darwin’s Bark spider releases very tough fibre.
The only category where you could dip your feet into a little fiction. Tell stories about your subject. Draw from mythology, science, and your own imagination!
The subject line for submissions can either be A) ‘Submission for CC Kids’ if you are sending in a fully written piece, or B) ‘Pitch for CC Kids’ if you are running a possible idea by us.
Because of the volume of our submissions, we may get delayed in our responses but rest assured, we will write to you.
Please note: All stories in Current Conservation are licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. This is an endeavour to keep our content free and accessible to all communities across the world. CC Kids is distributed across schools in India, many of which teach underprivileged children. We believe that funding should not be the factor that deprives children (and all our readers) of the opportunity to learn and engage with the natural world. Considering the crucial nature of conservation work, accessibility is of great importance. Kindly send in your entries only if you consent to your work being open for access.
And while we are on the subject, kindly do consider donating to Current Conservation so that we can continue to bring stories of relevance, science, and imagination to our readers for free!
Conflict of interest declaration: Be warned: this is a not-so-subtle attempt to recruit writers for Current Conservation!
or Read Stylesheet and Submission rules here.