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Details About Our Expert Matching Service

SciLine connects journalists with credible, articulate scientists — on deadline and for free.

We welcome requests from professional journalists covering science-related issues for general-interest news outlets that primarily serve a U.S. audience. Our services are available to reporters on any beat, including those who cover science, health, or the environment, as well as other beats not overtly “about” science but for which scientific evidence is relevant and informative. We focus in particular on helping local and general assignment reporters who only periodically cover scientific topics and who may most need assistance finding credible sources. Please note that out of respect for the time it takes to thoughtfully consider scientific reports, we generally do not ask scientist-sources for same-day comments on embargoed or published papers.

Currently, we are unable to assist on:

  • Stories intended for audiences outside the United States
  • Stories for publications aimed primarily at professional or expert audiences, such as trade publications for physicians or scientists or news sections of peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • School assignments and stories for on-campus publications
  • Content for marketing or advocacy
  • Pitches and stories being developed “on spec”
  • Books, documentaries, and films
  • Fact-checking and accuracy-review requests
  • Fact sheets, listicles, or other non-news-related aggregations of information that, in SciLine’s judgment, are primarily educational rather than journalistic
  • Any request that, in SciLine’s judgment, does not align with journalistic standards of fairness and accuracy

Source Diversity

SciLine strives to increase the diversity of scientific voices in journalism. Toward that end, SciLine is always seeking scientists of diverse backgrounds — including gender, race and ethnicity, geographic location, level of postgraduate seniority, and other factors — for inclusion among the experts we recommend to journalists.

Questions? Contact us at sciline@aaas.org.