As soon as the work of examination, information collection, and analysis are done, many researchers set their sights on a turning point that marks the goal: releasing their findings in a research study journal.
However publication competitors is intense, and many undergraduate trainees– up versus reputable career scientists and graduate students– never get the chance.
That’s altering for UNLV undergraduate students, thanks to the Nevada State Undergrad Research Journal (NSURJ). It is one of lots of journals around the country dedicated exclusively to opening doors for undergraduate scientists seeking to release, providing a location where these fledgling researchers can share new understanding and begin a dialogue with their peers– and build their CVs in the process.
The journal’s senior editors and Scott Mensing, director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Office of Undergrad Research Study, have actually been visiting UNLV considering that 2015, to expand collaboration with UNLV on the journal, encourage trainees to send work, and assist install a senior editor for NSURJ at UNLV.
With the assistance of UNLV’s Workplace of Undergrad Research (OUR) and CSUN (UNLV’s undergraduate trainee federal government), UNR’s last objective recently came true. Hannah Patenaude, a junior double major in chemistry and communications research studies, ended up being UNLV’s very first senior editor for NSURJ late last fall. She’s raising awareness about this chance readily available to UNLV undergrads and assisting to guide them through the procedure of sending to and publishing in the journal. Here, she informs us a little bit more about the journal and all it has to offer.
Your function with NSURJ is a new one. How did it come to be produced?
NSURJ has been around for about 3 years, so it’s still relatively new. As well as though they accept submissions from any NSHE organization, NSURJ hasn’t received many submissions from Southern Nevada since it’s not extremely well understood in this location yet. To resolve this concern in our area, CSUN Vice President Jayson Dagher, CSUN Assistant Director of Student Journals for the Engagement Department Britney Trieu, and OUR began an editorial branch of NSURJ here in Southern Nevada based out of UNLV. Up until now, the journal was run solely through the University of Nevada, Reno, but we hope that this new partnership will result in higher representation of all undergraduate scientists in Nevada.
Exactly what is your particular role?
As a senior editor at UNLV, I’ll be assisting to promote the journal in Southern Nevada, overseeing submissions coming from undergrads in this area while working together with the editorial team at UNR on production. We’re also considering the idea of holding workshops for trainees who want to be peer reviewers and supplying training on manuscript writing and submission, which is not really straightforward if you’ve never gone through the procedure. We have some quite huge plans.
There’s mutual enjoyment for this growth, here and at UNR. It’s going to have a favorable effect for everyone involved. It will showcase the caliber of students at NSHE organizations due to the fact that their special and impactful research will be out there. And we hope that, in turn, will trigger even more undergraduate research.
How will NSURJ benefit students?
NSURJ’s goal is to provide expert development opportunities for undergrads and assist them advance their careers. That uses to students who write for the journal along with those who work as peer customers. We want all undergraduates who are interested in professional-level research study to be fully equipped once they finish, and NSURJ provides opportunities for that.
Publishing before you finish with your bachelor’s is not very common, so it’s exciting when it happens, and it’s a fantastic method to increase your CV while interacting your work to a great deal of individuals who are interested in exactly what you’re doing. It’s likewise a fantastic opportunity for trainees who wish to continue looking into once they graduate due to the fact that they’ll already understand what the procedure is going to be like when they go to release in other journals.
Exactly what are the various ways trainees can get included?
We desire as many trainees as possible to submit manuscripts for publication. One terrific aspect of NSURJ is that it’s not subject-specific, so it can include any academic research that’s taking place. This permits more students to submit their work, and it also provides the journal an extremely well-rounded view due to the fact that you can see that universities in Nevada are doing so much great research in all these various locations.
Right now I’m the only trainee dealing with NSURJ in Southern Nevada, but we want to bring on a couple of associate editors, and we’ll be connecting to find trainees who have an interest in volunteering as peer reviewers for sent posts. We’ll require people from various disciplines like sociology, geology, and engineering to develop a well-rounded group. CSUN and OUR will put out advertisements for those positions when they are readily available. Having experience as an editor or peer reviewer looks great on a CV and can also assist students stand apart on applications for graduate schools.
What should trainees know about the submission process with NSURJ?
UNR has actually established a design template for how sent manuscripts need to be structured, including word limits for the title and abstract. It also offers examples of how figures and works cited must be formatted. This template and other assistance can be discovered on the NSURJ site.
Once a manuscript is sent, there will most likely some sort of back-and-forth in between the trainee authors and the editorial group where edits will be suggested, and then the piece will be revised and released.
One thing to note is that anybody who’s finished in the last 18 months can still send their research study for publication in NSURJ, so even if a student is finishing this term, they still have the chance to publish with us. We do not want to have a trainee who put all that effort and time into their research study not to have this opportunity to publish just because they just recently got their diploma.
For more information, email Hannah Patenaude at [email protected]!.?.! or check out the NSURJ site.