Share your idea for eLife's "Sparks of Change"
In our ‘Sparks of Change’ column, people around the world share stories that illustrate how research culture is changing or how it should be changed. Each piece centres around a transformative moment that put the authors, and potentially those around them, onto a new path.

Interested in writing for Sparks of Change? Please use this form to tell us about your idea.

This form can be used to share ideas in response to our active 'Calls for Pitches' ( Ideas for stories beyond these topics are also welcome if you have a unique and unexpected story to share.

If you've already written the article that you'd like us to consider, please first check our general guidelines ( and if you think it's a good fit for our column, please send it in an editable format to Please allow up to two weeks before you can expect a response from us.

The guidelines also give more detail about what we're looking for and what to expect if you submit.

All data collected via this form will be used in accordance with eLife Privacy Notice:
Have questions or need help pitching?
Please check out the detailed guidelines linked above. If you have an idea for a pitch but are unsure whether you have the right story, or if you require other assistance or accommodations in relation to filling in this form, please get in touch with us via
Are you sharing an idea in response to one of our Calls for Pitches? *
Please see link in the introduction for details of our active calls.
Please tell us about the story you'd like to share *
In around 250 words, give us an overview of the story you'd like to share. This should describe a precise, personal experience, and how it created changes in your life or in the lives of others; and not just a general theme or topic.
Tell us more about yourself *
Help us to get to know you better! You can share, for example, your current or most recent affiliation, and any information about yourself that shows us why you should be telling this story, and why you'd like to share it now. We primarily select stories based on pitches, but it is useful for us to know about our potential authors a little better.
Is there anything else that you think it'd be helpful for us to know?
Your name *
Your email *
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