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Student research - where to publish?

  1. Apr 16, 2006 #1

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    Dear all

    Hopefully this is an appropriate topic for this forum.
    I am an assistant professor of physics in a liberal arts college. I
    have had, and for the first time, supervised a senior thesis involving
    a calculation in supergravity. Although the calculation was original,
    in the sense that it was not previously published, my judgement is that
    it is on the trivial side as far as actual publication is concerned,
    and was primarily for educational purposes. The student has been
    wondering if we can still publish in a journal that accepts work of
    this type. As I have no experience in publishing outside of the
    standard research journals (e.g Phys Rev), I thought of asking this
    forum. Does anyone know of a such a place?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2006 #2
    On Sun, 16 Apr 2006, M wrote:

    > Hopefully this is an appropriate topic for this forum.
    > I am an assistant professor of physics in a liberal arts college. I
    > have had, and for the first time, supervised a senior thesis involving
    > a calculation in supergravity. Although the calculation was original,
    > in the sense that it was not previously published, my judgement is that
    > it is on the trivial side as far as actual publication is concerned,
    > and was primarily for educational purposes. The student has been
    > wondering if we can still publish in a journal that accepts work of
    > this type. As I have no experience in publishing outside of the
    > standard research journals (e.g Phys Rev), I thought of asking this
    > forum. Does anyone know of a such a place?


    If it's educational for others as well as for your student, there're
    American Journal of Physics and European Journal of Physics. There are
    likely other, lower impact, journals that will publish education-oriented
    papers (I think I've seen a Brazilian one, but forget the name).

    --
    Timo Nieminen - Home page: http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/nieminen/
    E-prints: http://eprint.uq.edu.au/view/person/Nieminen,_Timo_A..html
    Shrine to Spirits: http://www.users.bigpond.com/timo_nieminen/spirits.html
     
  4. Apr 17, 2006 #3
    M <kotkot@yahoo.com> wrote:

    [...]
    > I am an assistant professor of physics in a liberal arts college. I
    > have had, and for the first time, supervised a senior thesis involving
    > a calculation in supergravity. Although the calculation was original,
    > in the sense that it was not previously published, my judgement is that
    > it is on the trivial side as far as actual publication is concerned,
    > and was primarily for educational purposes. The student has been
    > wondering if we can still publish in a journal that accepts work of
    > this type. As I have no experience in publishing outside of the
    > standard research journals (e.g Phys Rev), I thought of asking this
    > forum. Does anyone know of a such a place?


    Look at http://www.cur.org/ugjournal.html for some possibilities.
    The only one I've actually seen is The Journal of Undergraduate
    Research in Physics (http://www.jurp.org/), published by the
    Society of Physics Students, which has some decent papers.

    Depending on how it's written up -- if it's pedagogical enough, and
    useful for other students -- you might consider the American Journal
    of Physics.

    Steve Carlip
     
  5. Apr 18, 2006 #4
    M wrote:
    > Hopefully this is an appropriate topic for this forum.
    > I am an assistant professor of physics in a liberal arts college. I
    > have had, and for the first time, supervised a senior thesis involving
    > a calculation in supergravity. Although the calculation was original,
    > in the sense that it was not previously published, my judgement is that
    > it is on the trivial side as far as actual publication is concerned,
    > and was primarily for educational purposes. The student has been
    > wondering if we can still publish in a journal that accepts work of
    > this type. As I have no experience in publishing outside of the
    > standard research journals (e.g Phys Rev), I thought of asking this
    > forum. Does anyone know of a such a place?


    A Google search quickly turned up the following:

    Journal of Undergraduate Research in Physics
    (from the Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma)
    http://www.jurp.org/

    Appears very much like what you are looking for.

    Hope this helps.

    Igor
     
  6. Apr 20, 2006 #5
    I don,t believe in journals policy..i have bad experiences about beign rejected only because i,m not famous (does it sound familiar to you?..i,m sure that yes) :frown: :frown: and i have very bad luck i would be interested in a preprint archive for undergraduate students of any university of the world and that can be published or at least stored so they can be avaliable.
     
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