Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Cover image for Vol. 54 Issue 2

Edited By: Fouad Abd-El-Khalick and Dana L. Zeidler

Impact Factor: 3.052

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 6/230 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1098-2736

JRST Doctoral Student Mentored Reviewer Initiative


Editorial: Pioneering the JRST doctoral student mentored reviewer initiative: Bolstering the contributions of a top-tier research journal to graduate education - JRST 53(7)

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Initiative News and Updates

  • Initiative Start Date
    • September 1, 2016

Initiative FAQ

Who is eligible to participate?

How should we apply?

Can a student apply directly to the Initiative?

I am not a NARST member. Can I participate?

When will a manuscript be ready for participant review?

How long do Initiative activities take?

I am a doctoral student, but do not have an advisor willing or able to participate in the Initiative at this time. Is there another way I can take part?

Will I see the publication outcomes of the manuscript I review?

Is the number of participating groups limited?

  • Who is eligible to participate?

    • The Initiative accepts small groups of 2-5 advanced doctoral students in science education, led by one or more faculty members who agree facilitate and support the process for their group.
  • How should we apply?

    • A faculty advisor should send an email (jrst@illinois.edu) with the subject: “JRST Doctoral Student Mentored Reviewer Initiative.” The e-mail should list the names and e-mail addresses of the faculty member(s) and all participant doctoral students.
  • Can a student apply directly to the Initiative?

    • While interested students are encouraged bring the Initiative to their advisor's attention, we ask that a faculty member who will facilitate and support their students' work with the Initiative be the one to email the JRST Editorial Office.
  • I am not a NARST member. Can I participate?

    • The participating faculty advisor(s), and all participating students who are not yet members, need to become NARST members for the year during which they will engage the Initiative, before approaching JRST. NARST offers a special student membership rate; visit Join NARST for complete details.
  • When will a manuscript be ready for participant review?

    • A manuscript will be assigned within approximately two weeks after the applicant group is notified that it has been accepted into the Initiative.
  • How long do Initiative activities take?

    • The duration of the Initiative process is somewhat variable, reflecting the variability in the professional review process. Please refer to the Initiative Editorial for a detailed description of Initiative activities.
    • Approximate time intervals for each step in the Initiative process:
      1. Assignment. Manuscript will be assigned for review within 2 weeks of application approval.
      2. Initiative Reviews. Initiative participants should complete and upload individual reviews within 4 weeks of assignment.
      3. Receipt of Official Reviews and Decision Letter. Participant group members will receive a copy of the editorial decision letter along with the formal reviews. Delivery to the participating group depends on completion of official reviews and editorial decision. Target delivery is within 4 months of Initiative assignment.
      4. Discussion Process with Faculty Mentor(s). Discussion of the formal editorial decision letter and reviews. Time interval is determined by the supervising faculty member(s).
      5. Student-Generated Report of Outcomes. Report addresses issues outlined in the editorial decision letter. Preparation and submission timing depends on the pace of the faculty-led student group.
      6. JRST Acknowledgement. Participating students and faculty members will be acknowledged by formal letter from JRST, within 1 month of group report submission to JRST.
      7. Public Acknowledgment. The JRST year-end issue will include a public acknowledgment when Initiative activities are completed.
  • I am a doctoral student, but do not have an advisor willing or able to participate in the Initiative at this time. Is there another way I can take part?

    • We appreciate your interest. Because a substantive part of the experience requires mentoring by your research advisor(s), we are unable to accept individual students into Initiative activities.
  • Will I see the publication outcomes of the manuscript I review?

    • Yes. Participants will be sent the official reviews and a copy of the final decision letter.
  • Is the number of participating groups limited?

    • The Initiative is new in Fall 2016, and is starting with a limited number of participating groups. Relevant updates will be posted to the News section of this Initiative page. JRST intends to make this opportunity as widely available as is feasible for the Editorial Team.

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