Journal of Research in Science Teaching
© National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
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)Click here for the published editorial
Important Resources On This Site
- Join NARST membership page
- APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition -- the manual is offered both in print and online, and APA-related resources are often available through universities
- COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers (Committee on Publication Ethics)
- Wiley Online Library Ethics Guidelines
Initiative News and Updates
- Initiative Start Date
- September 1, 2016
- 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.
- A faculty advisor should send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A manuscript will be assigned within approximately two weeks after the applicant group is notified that it has been accepted into the Initiative.
- 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:
- Assignment. Manuscript will be assigned for review within 2 weeks of application approval.
- Initiative Reviews. Initiative participants should complete and upload individual reviews within 4 weeks of assignment.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- JRST Acknowledgement. Participating students and faculty members will be acknowledged by formal letter from JRST, within 1 month of group report submission to JRST.
- Public Acknowledgment. The JRST year-end issue will include a public acknowledgment when Initiative activities are completed.
- 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.
- Yes. Participants will be sent the official reviews and a copy of the final decision letter.
- 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.