Call for Horizons contributions

PAGEShorizons 2021 Cover webMany of you have seen the first issue of the new magazine published by PAGES in April - Past Global Changes Horizons: Picture the past. Change the future.

Past Global Changes Horizons is a popular science magazine aimed primarily at the younger generation, budding scientists, and all those enthusiasts, both young and old, who are interested in or want to learn more about the science of the past.

We are now very happy to share with you this call for contributions to the next Horizons issue to be published in June 2022. The first drafts should be submitted by 15 September 2021.

While a few contributions focused broadly on the past will be considered for publication, most of the contributions of this second issue of Horizons will be focused on a central theme tackling how studying past warm intervals provides valuable and unique clues to understand current and future global changes.

We welcome highly illustrated articles, comics or any other form of illustrated communication (e.g. a photo report of your work in the lab, your collection of specimens, or your adventures and discoveries in the field).

Please consider the following questions when preparing your contribution: what is the past? How can studying the past help us? How far back in time can we study past global changes and which approaches are used to do so?

The aim is to illustrate how the varied climatic and environmental information stored in natural climate archives together with results from numerical models allow scientists to paint a comprehensive picture of how the different components of the Earth system will change in a warmer world, particularly considering processes and mechanisms involving long response times.

Note that we welcome both contributions looking into Quaternary interglacials and those focusing on deeper times.

Details regarding the different contributions, their requested format and to who they should be sent can be found below.

Types and formats of contributions that can be submitted to Horizons

All contributions will be reviewed by scientists, education/communication professionals, and the editors. Due to the limited number of pages, not all submitted contributions can be published in this issue.

Short, illustrated article

The purpose of a short paper is to present a unique concept, experiment or result and to communicate it in a straightforward manner with a simple take home message.
For such a contribution, please submit:
- a main text of maximum 800 words;
- 3-4 illustrations: drawings, sketches, photos, or diagrams that are eye-catching and easy to understand.
Short illustrated articles will be published in a 2-page format.

Long, illustrated article

A long illustrated article aims to explain a theory, to report on a topic from different points of view, or to tell a story in several steps in order to communicate in depth the scientific knowledge of the past. It provides a "complete" perspective that can be considered as basic scientific knowledge on a question related to past climate and environmental changes.
For such a contribution, please submit:
- a main text of maximum 1600 words;
- 6-8 illustrations: drawings, sketches, photos, or diagrams that are eye-catching and easy to understand.
Long, illustrated articles will be published in a 4-page format.

Photo report

A photo report aims to present a brief story illustrated with high quality photos, where the central message is the images. Stories may vary from organisms under study, fieldwork or even laboratory procedures that are better understood when explained with photos. In short, the purpose of a photo report is to make any aspect of your science attractive to a younger audience using photos.
For such a contribution, please submit:
- a story line of maximum 500 words explaining your photo series to the editors and the story line behind it;
- 15-25 photos;
- a caption of maximum 150 characters (including spaces) for each photo.
The photo report will be published in a 6- or 8-page format.

Comic strip

A comic should tell a story mainly based on drawings. It can include dialogue between characters; however, the total length of the text, including voice-over parts, should be strictly limited to the minimum necessary.
For such a contribution, please submit:
- a comic strip of 2, 4 or 6 pages with each page already laid out (please note: for this type of contribution, a preliminary version of the comic will suffice, but it must be sufficiently elaborated to be understandable).

Paleotherapy comic

The editors of Horizons wish to maintain a one-page comic on the back cover of the issue, as published in volume 1. The editors also propose to keep the same concept for this page as the original comic and with the same title: Paleotherapy aims to tell how paleosciences can care for the future and this adopting a distant point of view, as expressed for instance in the dialogue between the comet and the moon.
In order to take up and perform a new final Paleotherapy page for volume 2, you are invited to submit your idea in the proposed format.
For such a contribution, please submit:
- a one-page comic already laid out (please note: for this type of contribution, a preliminary version of the comic will suffice, but it must be sufficiently elaborated to be understandable).

Cover

The cover of Horizons includes a full-page drawing inspired by the theme of the issue, the name of the magazine, the slogan of the magazine (Picture the past. Change the future.), the title of the issue (not yet decided) and a few promotional figures from the articles. The fonts and colors of all cover texts are the responsibility of the editorial team.
For such a contribution, please submit:
- a drawing (please note: for this particular contribution, a preliminary version of the drawing can be submitted, but it must be elaborate enough to be understandable to the editorial team).

Contributions and questions should be emailed to:

Emilie Capron: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nathaëlle Bouttes: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Boris Vannière: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With thanks, on behalf of the Horizons editorial team:

Nathaëlle Bouttes
Emilie Capron
Sarah Eggleston
Graciela Gil-Romera
Marie-France Loutre
Boris Vannière