Frequently asked questions

I still don’t get it. Why join SciLinkR?

  1. To connect directly with professionals passionate about science and engineering (no middle man necessary!)
  2. To avoid awkward cold-calls with scientists or teachers uninterested in connecting
  3. To promote and publicize science for FREE

  1. To receive credit professionally for outreach and broader impacts
  2. To report work completed to funders and upload to funding agencies repositories (NSF Public Access Repository, for example)
  3. To have broader impacts work cited or linked to by news media, etc.
  4. To access as a reference and example for future Broader Impacts
  5. Reports are open access (no paywall to author or read)

SciLinkR Profile

Only the initial questions on the profile have a limit of 140 characters.

Educators should describe who their students are including their classrooms racial and gender composition if appropriate. Scientists and engineers should describe the what their workplaces are like and who they interact with on a given day.


A SciLinkReport documents a past science-outreach event or engagement and produces an open-access document with a citable DOI (Digital Object Identifier). This resource can then be used by other scientists to learn what works and what doesn’t in outreach and develop improved outreach events in the future.

Warning: Due to the static nature of a DOI, SciLinkReports should be read carefully before submission for clarity and proofreading, and all authors should read and approve the text before submission.

Every report has 3 metrics: Views, Likes and Scitations. The views and likes count how many times a SciLinkReport has been viewed and liked. The number of Scitations refers to the number of times a SciLinkReport has been referenced in other SciLinkReports on These metrics will help users identify SciLinkReports that have been helpful to the community.

Each Report has

1) an introduction that explains the background rationale of the outreach,

2) A methods section that describes the outreach in detail,

3) the results section that includes the impact and data associated with the outreach (# of people, pre vs post test results etc.),

and 4) the discussion section that explores the future potential, the limits, and the plans for sustainability, etc of the outreach.

There are also fields for the Title, the Authors, the Affiliated Institution(s), the Date(s) and time of the outreach, the Type of public engagement, the Audience, the Location, the Identified Discipline(s), the Keywords/Tags, the Acknowledgements, the References, and the License. Supplementary materials may also be included. See the information below about these categories.

This forum should be used to document short engagements that took less than a day to complete. Each report should contain details of the content and implementation, as well as a description of the pedagogy, critical appraisal of the event, and recommendations for improvement.


SciLinkReports have been written about:

  • A specific table demo at the 2018 Philly Materials Day
  • An engineering field trip
  • A scientist lecture at a high school

If the engagement was part of an ongoing or larger program, authors should select a single event to write a SciLinkReport about. Typically, the first event of a series should be the first SciLinkReport for a program. Additional reports can be written to describe the subsequent events within the program. Once a specific event has been selected, the larger program should be described within the Report. In subsequent SciLinkReport, the DOI of the first SciLinkReport should be referenced in every subsequent SciLinkReport that documents the ongoing program.     

If the engagement was part of a science fair, authors should select a single table/event that occurred that day to write a SciLinkReport about. Additional reports can be written to describe the other tables/events within the same science fair. Once the specific table/event has been selected, the larger science fair should be described within the SciLinkReport’s sections. In subsequent SciLinkReports, the DOI of the first SciLinkReport should be referenced in every subsequent SciLinkReport that documents the same science fair.   

General SciLinkReport Guidelines

All of the people who contributed to making an event occur — this includes the scientists, organizers and public hosts — should all be authors. Typically the person who spoke or presented should be the first author. The person who developed, paid for, or organized the event should be listed as the last author. Middle authors are the individuals who contributed to the event, but may not have presented/organized it.

The date and time should correspond to the specific time of a single table/event. If this is difficult, consider if the SciLinkReport is describing a single event or an ongoing program. If it was an ongoing program, select a single event within the program for the SciLinkReport instead.

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