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Harvard Science Review – An Insight on the Best Undergraduate Scientific Publication

With a readership across-the-board and with the mission of rendering knowledge on the essential scientific tools to the enthusiasts in the field of science in a much appealing manner, the Harvard Science Review got off the ground in 1988 as a student venture; both as an organization and publication.

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Harvard Science Review - Articles and Contents

Wider in scope, the topics covered in the Harvard Science Review discuss up-to-date technologies. The latest advances, the most challenging questions, and the most debatable contentions in the field of science are addressed through this undergraduate science publication that covers every scientific discipline generously. Each issue admits three major sections: Feature Articles, General Articles, and News & Views.Majority of the selected article submissions are presented through Feature Articles, with each article reaching 3-4 pages of single spaced review that covers topics of scientific profoundness, ensuring that the presentations used are easily understandable by the general audience. Each article focuses on one or two introductory paragraphs and subsequent three to five sections that logically revolve around the various facets of the topics being discussed. The connection between each section is clearly stated. The most interesting aspect is that the sections discuss the background as well as an outlook on the future of the topic.General Articles feature topics that cover groundbreaking research in any field of science that are of interest to the student writers. If you look at the topics discussed, the discovery-driven analysis and the timely research is apparent on each article.News & Views feature commentaries, news briefs and reports. The commentaries are not bombasts and discuss a current scientific issue taking a clear stance on the subject. They feature full and fair presentation of the issue in about a page, with tenaciously reasoned judgments. Any recent or significant scientific findings are reported through news briefs, which are almost one third of a page. Prominence is given to those briefs involving the Harvard researchers. Reports constitute one page article pieces that discuss a narrow topic related to science, like a recent significant scientific discovery.

How to Write and Who Can Write

Staff and student writers who are willing to dedicate time on business aspects, design and layout, and web design components of the publication and organization are eligible to write for Harvard Science Review.While the writers are at the leverage of making their choice between one Feature or General Article or one report or commentary and news brief, additional topics can be proposed along with the article selection. The additional contents are usually news briefs or reports alongside an article being written, and the writer’s vision on the article can be creatively presented here, which will be scrutinized by the editorial board that has the entire rights to accept or decline the proposal. Each article must contain 5-7 references, which are strictly not WWW references.

Guidelines of Article Writing

The article writing for Harvard Science Review has three phases - preliminary rough draft, rough draft and the final draft. Upon acceptance of a writer’s proposal, an assistant editor and a design board member takes the writer through the remainder of the writing process. To begin with, the writer has to submit a preliminary rough draft within two weeks of accepting the proposal. Before starting with the rough draft, strong sources on the topic must be gathered. The more detailed the rough draft is, the easier it is to attain perfection. Graphics must be included in the draft, not forgetting their captions and references. After getting the editorial feedback on how the article is progressing, the final draft must incorporate the changes requested by the associate editor including the structural changes, and must be expansively proofread for grammar and style before submission.All through the writing process, the writing deadlines are to be strictly met, as one late article delays the entire publication. After the final draft submission, the article is scrutinized by the Editors-in-Chief for final review. After acceptance, the article layout is finalized through Adobe InDesign before publishing.To facilitate the fast acceptance of articles, the titles must be short and appealing, the section headings must be crisp and clear, and contents must be authentic, discrete and not plagiarized. Try to bring in pictures with gists and captions, and the references and the texts must adhere to the citation formats suggested by the editorial team.

Funding the Harvard Science Review

Sponsors are welcome at Harvard Science Review, and advertising options are aimed at supporting the publication. Categorized as high visibility and low visibility advertisements, the sponsors have the strategic advantage of working with the design staff of the organization, and customize their advertisement designs or select a pre-designed advertisement. The price varies according to the visibility chosen; a full page advertisement with high visibility being the most expensive. Refer the Harvard Science Review website to contact the business manager for advertisement related queries.Photo Source : flickr.com/patriciadrury/

Written by Lucy King

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