Do’s and Don’ts2017-06-08T15:32:33+00:00

DO’S AND DON’TS

Thank you for contributing to Funsize Physics.

We’ve put together a few quick and easy guidelines to help make your content as user-friendly as possible.

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Keep up the good work!

  • DO remember that your article title and imagery are everything. Write short, eye-catching titles—if it would make a good rock band name or album title, it’s probably good for your contribution. (Titles are subject to change under the editor’s supervision but will always be generated from the body of work.) Add a few engaging and beautiful images to illustrate your content.
  • DO write with your audience in mind. This means using layman’s terms and making concepts and content approachable to kids who may be in middle school. Include a brief explanation of WHAT is going on and HOW it relates to things many people observe in the real world as well as WHY they should care.
  • DO keep it personal and speak from your heart. We not only accept, but also encourage, first-person voice! People can sense when you are not being authentic, even online.
  • DO post tried-and-true activities you have first-hand experience performing.
  • DO share insights and practical tips based on your own experiences. Tell us how to make this activity as successful as possible—no detail is too small!
  • DO include images to illustrate the steps of the activity.

That’s a no-no!

  • DON’T use NSF titles or other long, excessively technical titles, full author information, or references.
  • DON’T use pictures of obscure people, instruments, or hard-to-read graphs unless they are necessary, compelling, and properly contextualized.
  • DON’T write a novel. Keep your post short and punchy.
  • DON’T post activities you haven’t tried yourself or that could be dangerous.

Style guide—this ain’t rocket science, it’s English.

  • The numbers one through nine should be written as words; numbers 10 and greater should be represented by numeric digits. Avoid starting sentences with numbers.
  • Use a ‘double s’ for possessives. (Ex: Charles’s.) This deviates from AP style but is recognized when writing online.
  • Italicize titles of books, songs, movies, etc., and don’t put them in “quotations.”
  • Please use only single spaces after periods or other punctuation at the end of a sentence.

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