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McNair Scholars: Scholarly Publishing

This guide provides various resources for those students enrolled in the McNair Scholars program

Is it peer reviewed/refereed?

Q. What is peer review?



For an article to be published in an academic journal, it must be examined by experts in the field. They determine whether the information is reliable, well researched, and of interest to others who study that subject. For a more detailed explaination, watch the video above, or check out the Science Library Tutorial.

Old Publishing Model


In the traditional publication model, researchers (who are often publically funded) submit their  articles to commercial publishers. This journal is then sold to libraries (which are also publically funded) where the research is accessible to the public. What if there was a way for publically funded research to be publically available for free? There is! Open Access!

New Publishing Model: Open Access

Open Access (OA) is free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of research articles for anyone, worldwide. It removes commercial interest from the distribution of research results and makes important information accessible to everyone. Science disciplines have been at the forefront of advocating Open Access to further research. To learn more about OA, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

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