About is dedicated to real laboratory culture and to the portrayal and perceptions of that culture – science, scientists and labs – in fiction, the media and across popular culture. It does not generally deal with the genre of science fiction, except in essays which shed light on science in popular culture or realistic science in science fiction. The site is intended for non-scientists as well as scientists, and the goal is to inform, entertain and surprise. is edited by scientist, novelist and science writer Dr. Jennifer Rohn, who has many years of research experience in cell biology, cancer, virology, and microbiology and an incurable addiction to scientist-related literature (or "lab lit", a term she coined in 2001 which is now used widely). heartily welcomes original (unpublished) quality material from any interested reader who has something to say or show and would like to contribute to any regular (or irregular) section. The format is flexible and all items related to's brief will be seriously considered. If your work is selected, you will keep the copyright but will be asked to grant a non-exclusive license; we also reserve the right to copy-edit if necessary. This magazine is currently a labor of love, so we will be unable to pay for contributions at this time, but we do offer scope for self-promotion and linking out to the external sites of your choice. We would also be delighted if you would link to your own website.

Please feel free to make a proposal or to contact us with questions or comments!