FAQs

  • What is a review? A review paper is written as an overview of the current published research on a given field, with the opportunity for the author to summarise the research done so far, recommend a direction for future research, and present new ideas on how to approach the field from a different perspective.
  • Who is the publication for? First and foremost, this publication is for the students who write submissions. It will give science undergraduates an opportunity to engage with the literature on a topic that interests them, practice academic writing, and foster a working relationship with academic advisors. Its a fantastic platform for providing students with the opportunity to get published and to bridge the gap between their undergraduate degree and the research driven world of science.
  • Who can submit? Any undergrad! Articles can be submitted under the headings of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, but students need not be from these disciplines. We encourage everyone to get involved.
  • How do I choose topic? Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from posts from internet sources such as IFLS or the science section of Stumbleupon. The important thing is that once you choose a topic you follow up with researching the relevant published and peer-reviewed journal articles. Current work such as physics poster projects, chemistry broad curriculum presentations, schols preparation or final year projects can also provide prompts for research article ideas.
  • What is the selection process? There is an editor assigned to the three disciplines of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology. This editor will work alongside an academic advisor and a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students in selecting the best articles for publishing. There is a place reserved for the best freshman submission and three places reserved for best submission in each of the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. You should note that your review papers will be reviewed anonymously by the academics after you submit them.
  • What if I don’t get published? Submission does not guarantee publication, only the top twenty articles from biology, chemistry and physics will go to print. We plan on putting up a shortlist of articles online. 
  • How do I write a review paper? Guidelines on writing a review paper are available in our writing your review section.
  • How many words do I need to write? Around 2,500, with 10% over or under being ok.
  • Is the reference section included in the word count? No!
  • Can I adapt previously completed work? Yes, provided it fits the submission guidelines set out on our writing your review section. The article would have to be submitted to the college before our print date at the end of February and if any work is associated with a module it must be stated in the acknowledgements section, e.g. “This work was adapted from an essay “My essay title” for course ZO3066.” All articles will be put through a plagiarism checker that will verify the original authors and their sources. If there are any questions in relation to this do not hesitate to contact our editors.
  • Can I submit more than one article? Unfortunately we can only allow one submission per student.
  • Who am I writing for? Mainly yourself, this is your first stepping stone into the academic world of research and publishing. The journal will be distributed freely throughout college and given to various academics within the college as well as sponsors of the journal.
  • When should I submit? The submission deadline is Friday,  22nd of January 2016 and students are encouraged to submit an article at any time between now and then.
  • Who should I submit to? All submissions should be sent to our account TSSRsubmissions@gmail.com. From there, the relevant editor will take over.
  • Who should I contact for advice? Contact the relevant editor for advice and guidelines for submissions.
  • When is this published? The launch night is scheduled for 22nd March 2016 where we will have a guest speaker and a chance for people to mingle with academics and any sponsors involved.

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