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It’s Your Shirt (Really): Get a PLOS Syn Bio T-Shirt!

By Erica Kritsberg

Our design competition for the PLOS Synbio Community T-shirt is now closed. The winning entry will debut at SynBioBeta San Francisco, Nov. 13-14, 2014. The winner will receive a free T-shirt and be featured in a future article on the PLOS Synthetic Biology Community.


How else can you get a T-shirt? Write a blog post for this site. 

  • Cover a recently published synbio research article (in any peer reviewed journal)
  • Discuss an article in the PLOS Synthetic Biology Collection
  • Interview a synthetic biology researcher
  • Profile a lab where interesting work is going on
  • Address an issue impacting the field

Contact Synbio Community Editor David Shifrin to discuss specific ideas or research articles for your post at

General PLOS community blogging guidelines

1)     The post should be a minimum of 500 words up to 1500 words.

2)     Content wise, this site is for synthetic biology researchers, run by synbio researchers, therefore you can expect a high level of knowledge from readers. However, where possible, please explain terms that are new or very particular to a synthetic biology subfield.

3)     Please embed links in the body of your post and list references and DOIs at bottom.

4)     Provide a one sentence “bio” with headshot.

5)     Any images or figures included need to be CCBY.

6)     If you have any COIs to declare (e.g. that you are a PLOS ONE Academic Editor), please do so in the body of the text.

7)     During the launch phase of this community site initiative, prior to our bringing on board two Community Site Editors from the research community, your post will be reviewed by one of the PLOS journal editors, who may request revisions. You will receive the opportunity to respond to any requested changes, and then choose whether to post the edited version.

8)     Blog author will receive a PLOS Synbio Community T-shirt and byline/credit  for any published post.

9)     9. Your piece will be considered a “PLOS Synbio Community Guest Post” and will be subject to the CCBY content license governing all PLOS published materials.

10) Please state at the end of the blog that any views expressed are your own, not necessarily those of PLOS.

Lastly,  please provide your Twitter handle for subsequent discussion on and off neuro community site.

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