By Natalia Brody
It can be easy to create a bubble around yourself and your own research project that closes you off from the very world your research aims to understand. To help you pop that bubble, here are some tools that will help you share your project with a broader audience. While such an endeavor might seem scary, getting your work out there is a wonderful way to generate feedback, learn from like-minded readers and editors, and get a taste of the publication experience that is an integral part of all academic disciplines.
Brevia is a wonderful way to gain such experience. But there are a number of other journals in addition to Brevia through which you (yes, you!) can publish your work—and long before it may qualify for more formal journals like Nature or Science.
Undergraduate journals across the country are always looking to give a stronger and louder voice to undergraduates in research. Even if you don’t have the results and the data to publish “officially,” you may qualify to publish through undergraduate-centered journals—all you have to do is submit!
As exciting as research is, being able to talk about what you’ve done is as important as doing the work itself. Publishing through an undergraduate journal can help you learn how to articulate your passions to those outside of your lab, your field, and your own university.
Some exciting undergraduate research journals:
Brevia (for short-form pieces)
Journal of Student Research: http://www.jofsr.com/index.php/path
Caltech Undergraduate Research Journal: https://curj.caltech.edu
Emory Undergraduate Research Journal: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/eurj/
Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal: http://cusj.columbia.edu
Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal: http://surj.stanford.edu/submit/
MIT Undergraduate Research Journal: http://murj.mit.edu