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What does it take to publish in undergraduate journals?

  1. Aug 26, 2007 #1
    Hello, I'm an undergraduate student who has finished an REU program over the summer.

    the project involved using a program (written by some other physicist) to model a vacuum system of a small accelerator.

    my mentor mentioned the possibility of publishing a report to a undergraduate journal. However, I'm a bit skeptical as to whether not this is possible.

    My project wasn't anything groundbreaking, nor was there any dramatic discovery.
    So, my question here is:

    What does it take to publish in an undergraduate journals?
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  3. Aug 26, 2007 #2
    if groundbreaking or dramatic discoveries or revolutionary results were the only things that could be published, most journals would be very thin indeed.

    Go ahead and work with your mentor on a paper to submit. Best case, you learn a little about how to write a paper, it gets published and you get a notch for your CV's publication list. Worst case, you learn a little about how to write a paper and what it takes to get it published (reviewer comments can be very valuable and instructive) and can apply it to your next paper.
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  5. Aug 29, 2007 #4
    I suppose you are right... but is there any good sample undergraduate paper that I can take a look at... so to at least take a glimpse of the level of complication of what "my paper" is supposed to me... (preferably online link), if I ever write one?
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