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As a young graduate student, I couldn't wait to publish my experimental results in a major journal. Little did I realize that years later I would see my work in the scientific literature, just not in the manner I had originally anticipated. As a science writer, I now publish papers in the front section of a journal, not the back. After a little over the year on the job, I have found this job to be a good introduction to scientific journalism, and I think working at a journal would be a valuable career launch for any aspiring writer who has a strong science background. While most people associate "front matter" with the most prestigious publications like Science and Nature, numerous journals have implemented some material in addition to research articles, even if in some ...