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Change of Feature Formats

S cience's Next Wave's monthly features, which are possibly the most visible content that greets readers on the global homepage, have been appearing on Next Wave the whole 10 years that the site has been around. Features have evolved into a collection of articles exploring many different aspects of a particular career topic. Examples have included careers in specific research disciplines (e.g., Materials Science Careers), career opportunities in industry, ( Drug Discovery Careers), and career-transition profiles ( Scientists in Public Relations). Other features have focused on career opportunities in various geographical regions and work/life balance issues. Starting in 2005, we'll be doing our features a little differently.

Next Wave features typically comprise investigative articles offering up-to-date information, first person career stories exposing visible role models, and collections of career resources related to the feature topics. All of these will remain.

What will change is the format of our features. Our features will no longer be monthly. Upcoming Next Wave features will perhaps be best described as "special issues"--similar to the ones Science magazine produces--in that they will run only for a week. This change will give us more scope to cover a wider range of topical issues. The change will also allow us to work more closely with Science magazine and our Science Online sister sites, which have been producing special issues and weeklong features for years.

Topics in the pipeline include the science of national security, science writing, and postdoctoral opportunities. We will kick off this new format on 11 February with "Frontiers in Physics," in collaboration with Science magazine. In the meantime, do take a look at the useful list of past Next Wave features to see what topics we have already covered that may be of interest to you. We consider this list of features an extraordinary resource; no other source provides as much information on the extraordinary range of careers pursued by scientists.

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