Posted on Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Nautilus is a digital magazine which combines articles from leading writers, scientists and academics in monthly issues that focus on a particular topic.
Nautilus is a digital publication which covers a single scientific topic each month. While many comparable magazines tend to focus on as many topics as possible in order to entice readers, each Nautilus issue goes in-depth into a particular subject. The 14th (and most recent) issue of the magazine, for instance, is titled “Mutation.” It is broken up into three sections — called “Chapters” — which each contain a group of articles that were published at a certain date (each Thursday) in the month of June. All of the articles, while different in general subject, relate back to the overarching theme of Mutation. Articles also span across various subjects of scientific interest — with focuses on zoology, neuroscience, health, and a multitude of other subcategories. Each article on the site is lengthy and informative, truly exploring with scientific insight rather than recounting news stories or using catchy headlines. In true scientific journal fashion, each article is also accompanied by a reference list.
Nautilus, however, is not limited by dense, esoteric language like some leading science journals. Many of the articles are written in an easy-to-understand way, and the authors are prominent leaders in their respective fields (or just good writers/thinkers, as the site notes). Articles vary from investigative reports to essays to blogs and fiction. The site has a truly 21st century approach to science writing, making use of photos, links and embedded videos in order to keep things interesting and informative in graphical ways. The publication also has a board of advisors comprised of academic chairs from leading universities throughout the United States, giving it further credibility. In addition to its online form (which is undoubtedly the best way to consume the content), Nautilus also offers an email newsletter as well as a print magazine, which is published quarterly. Aside from the items that the publication offers in its store, all of Nautilus’s articles are free. Anyone with an interest in science should check out the magazine’s entertaining and informative issues.