The majority of articles in the magazine are published by invitation only, but if you have a suggestion for a topic in any of our current magazine categories, we will consider the idea. If you have any questions about submitting an idea or article for consideration in the magazine section, email our editorial office, [email protected]
The audience of our magazine is very broad, including students, scientists, and the educated general reader.
The article should include a discussion of the basic science relevant to the topic, why it is biologically or medically important, what work has been done on the topic (if any), major challenges to understanding the question at hand, competing hypotheses, and what advances would be necessary to shed light on the problem.
Ideally the structure of the article should reflect the mystery (e.g. The article should end with a discussion of possible means to a solution.
; is relevant to a pressing regional or global issue; offers a novel point of view on topical events; makes specific, practical proposals to address the issue (for example, by making recommendations or suggesting an alternative approach).
Controversial articles are welcomed, but the text should acknowledge that a position is in fact controversial and provide readers with enough background on the differing views.
The articles are intended to stimulate students and other scientists to think about future research possibilities outside their areas of expertise.
The articles should be aimed at a very broad audience of biologists—an unsolved mystery in a neuroscience topic should be accessible to ecologists and biophysicists, for example.
Unsolved Mysteries are peer-reviewed and commissioning does not guarantee publication.
Example Unsolved Mysteries Patel AD (2014) The Evolutionary Biology of Musical Rhythm: Was Darwin Wrong? https://doi.org/10.1371/1001821 Pitt JN, Kaeberlein M (2015) Why Is Aging Conserved and What Can We Do about It? https://doi.org/10.1371/1001821 The “Perspectives” section provides experts with a forum to comment on topical or controversial issues of broad interest.