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Writing an article for a student publication

  1. Aug 28, 2013 #1
    Is there is a problem in writing an expository article in a college science magazine run by a student group on a topic similar to research that I did over the summer? I thought it was very interesting and included some material from articles which I looked at then. The main reason why I'm concerned is that I have some results from research over the summer which I submitted for publication. The expository article doesn't contain any of the original work which I did, but discusses a topic which is very closely related to what I worked on. Thoughts? The editors said it was fine, but I just want to make sure.
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  3. Aug 28, 2013 #2


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    If I understand what you're saying, I think it's perfectly fine.

    In my field, for example there's a weekly publication called Medical Physics Web that posts reviews of recently published work, usually with a brief interview of one of the lead authors, and some of the figures from the papers.

    E-zines like Science Daily do this on a larger scale for publications that come out of some of the bigger journals like Nature.

    In these cases though, the "popular" articles come out after the journal articles and cite the reference, the idea generally being that the popular articles will draw attention to the journal.

    I might be a little careful about including figures that are part of your journal submission. There may be copyright issues with those.

    But if you're writing an article for a student rag that basically says "I got a position working in X lab, studied how Y relates to Z and had a great time discovering a constant of proportionality of K," then you don't have anything to worry about.

    Unless of course, X lab made you sign a non-disclosure agreement and k is considered proprietary information.
  4. Aug 28, 2013 #3
    Phew! That's good. It's a student-run publication and I'm not using any figures from my journal submission. The only remaining problem is that I just wrote an expository article but didn't mention that it was related to summer work (had references though).
  5. Sep 1, 2013 #4
    If so, where is the problem?? They told you it is ok...
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