Something new is on the way!
We all know researchers conduct their research inside Research centers, Universities, Companies, in nature, oceans even in Space.
We also know that at the Open Schools for Open Societies project students with their teachers become researchers too while they conduct research in their classrooms, school labs, streets or close communities producing results worth sharing!
Once experiments are finished, samples are gathered, trials are made, researchers draw conclusions and make discoveries. These findings are important to be shared with the rest of the world and this is what we have been working on!
Learning how to conduct research is one thing. But researchers need to explain what they did, why they did it, what did they find and what is left unanswered.
In the same way as researchers share their work, students who conduct research at school can also now share their findings with the rest of the world. In the exactly same way as researchers do. Via publishing their results in a real scientific journal.
The Open Schools Journal for Open Science is the first European peer review scientific journal which accepts original papers written by school age students from Primary to Secondary schools across Europe under the mentoring of their Teachers on all aspects of Science, Engineering and Technology. Students and Teachers via school projects produce scientific data that are invited to be published in this journal. The Journal publishes articles on a regular basis. Publication is free of charge and the Journal carries articles in English.
The Journal is supported by the Openaire Advance Project and the Open Schools for Open Societies project both funded under the European Commission.
If you are a student or a teacher interested to participate what’s next?
Step 1: Build your team
Put together a team of students who participated in the research and form your Writing Team.
Step 2: Visit our Journal
Visit our page to download useful information to begin writing. On the Journal you will find, a template for your Article , Examples of articles produced, Background information about the process.
Step 3: Teacher registers on the Journal website
Get your teacher making an account here. It only takes 2 minutes!
Step 4: Put your article together
Well now you must begin writing your article! Think about your concept in a way that is accessible to other students. What field of research did you focus on? What methodology did you use and why? What were your conclusions? What is interesting about them to the rest of the world?
Step 5: Submit your article
The teacher submits the article using the template provided by the portal.
Step 6: Receive Feedback
Two reviewers will be assigned to look at your work and propose their comments. This is what we call Peer Review in science! Why do we do it? In order for researchers to make sure that the articles they write are clear ask other researchers for feedback. Reviewers will read your work and send their comments. One of your reviewers will be a teacher and the other a researcher. They will provide comments and suggestions to ensure the best possible result for your article. This will take about 2 weeks!
Step 7: Finalise and Submit
Once you have received the feedback from the two reviewers you will need to apply the changes. Once you are done you will resubmit your article. Our Journal Editors will check it and then publish it!
Step 8: Don’t forget to share once your article is published!
Your article will appear online on our portal here. As our journal is open access (do you know what this means? If not follow this link), everyone will be able to see it and read it!