The Journal of Interdisciplinary Science, or JIST, is a journal run by third year natural sciences students both at the University of Leicester and their counterparts in the ISci programme at McMaster University in Canada. Taking place in the second term, students submit short articles and engage in a review process analogous to a scientific journal, learning every step along the way between submitting a research paper for review and getting it published (or rejected!). This year’s volume is now out in full, and like the past few years is already starting to get some media attention with one paper being published on the Future Leadership Institute’s website! The paper estimates how much of the Amazon rainforest would be needed to print the entire entire Internet, and comes up with a surprising result.
Last year articles were picked up in several tabloid newspapers, the institute of physics, Io9 and beyond. One of my course mates was even interviewed live on radio! Although a lot of the topics are obviously tongue in cheek, it’s a great way to learn how the peer review process functions, and a good excuse to investigate some bizarre questions!