Asterisk is a new quarterly magazine/journal of ideas from in and around the EA community. For more about who we are and what we do, check out our forum post. We're hiring for the following roles – you can apply for any of them except Managing Editor here.
We're still working on the design/identity development process, but watch this space.
Perhaps I should have been clearer in my initial post – Asterisk is a popular magazine, not a scientific journal. I'll be selecting pieces, with consultation from coworkers and subject matter experts in situations where that's appropriate.
This is something I've been thinking a lot about, and I've consulted several people working in biosecurity at different organizations. I (edit: currently) think it's quite plausible to thread the needle of discussing what natural pandemics it's important to prepare for without giving actionable ideas to bad actors, but I agree it's something that would have to be treated with caution.
We're taking pitches!
I liked that it brings up associations with risk, stars/space/a bigger, stranger future, and a healthy dose of pedantry. Part of the "EA mindset" I'm trying to illustrate is the urge to investigate claims in more depth. We like footnotes – hence, Asterisk.
Yes, asteriskmag is the domain name. I'm not too worried about the name collision – Asterisk Journal is an undergrad arts magazine at Yale (and I went to Yale and never heard of it before I started looking up names for this project).
Yes, the magazine will be both print and online.