JYI is a student-led initiative to broaden the undergraduate scientific experience, allowing students to participate in the scientific review and publication processes of its peer-reviewed undergraduate journal. Incorporated as a non-profit, student-run corporation, JYI represents over 50 different academic institutions from over half a dozen countries. JYI has been featured in EurekAlert!, Chemical Engineering News, and The Chronicle on Higher Education. An article highlighting JYI appeared in The New York Times in 1999.
What is the web journal and what is its purpose?
JYI is dedicated to representing undergraduate research in biological/biomedical sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering, psychology and social sciences. We not only publish submissions from undergraduate students but also allow them to experience the editorial side of scientific publication. Student editors working with their faculty advisers review submissions from their peers and determine whether that work is acceptable for publication in JYI.
How does JYI improve undergraduate science training?
While many efforts to improve undergraduate science education are focusing on the important goal of making students’ experiences more experiential and research-oriented, JYI is focusing on the rest of the problem: reviewing and being reviewed by their peers. We recognize that student authors are likely to have little experience in scientific writing and peer-review. JYI helps guide these students by encouraging them to focus on content revision and scientific writing. Student editors, on the other hand, receive in-depth training as scientific reviewers. Students have previously attended workshops led by senior editors from Science Magazine. When these JYI authors and editors become professionals, they will be more effective communicators and reviewers.