The Publication Process
The Editor in Chief (EIC) will perform an initial review for each submission and decide which articles are worth reviewing for potential publication. The EIC decides which articles to have reviewed based upon the following: 1. The article is written in approximately the correct format 2. The study is guided by the scientific method and 3. The advanced nature of the article (namely the experiments and question addressed). Additionally, preference is given to articles with positive results. The article will be given to 2-3 reviewers, and their reviews are then sent to the student. All articles are reviewed by professors and research scientists, who are selected for each article based upon their expertise within the specific area of science that the article addresses.
Reviewed submissions will receive a recommendation of revision, acceptance in the article’s original form, or rejection. Based on the reviews, the EIC will make a decision on how to treat the submission. The submission may need further revision, if the author has not correctly addressed the issues raised by the reviewers. The student must then revise their submission, resubmit it and have it reviewed again. This process will be repeated, possibly multiple times, until the article is acceptable. See diagram below.
Review of an advanced article can be a complex process. For each submission, the EIC chooses reviewers whose expertise matches that of the material contained in the article. Simply looking at the textual elements of an article, reviewers examine the article for the implementation of the correct format, the quality of the writing, and that the text is linear in terms of how the experiments were conducted. In terms of background information, the reviewer is an expert in the discipline of science the article is based on, and thus is able to determine if there are errors in the “facts” that the author presents. Also, all data analysis is careful examined to ensure that it is appropriate and correctly performed.
Types of Publications:
There are 2 types of articles that are published: “In School Articles” and “Internship Articles”. “In School Articles” must be completely produced within a high school laboratory, and “Internship Articles” are published based on student research performed in a university, under the guidance of a professor. “In School Articles” will only compete for publication with other “In School Articles” and “Internship Articles” will compete with other “Internship Articles” for publication. Submission and Publication is free for all articles.