The Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics (JIST) volume 5 is currently being compiled; new papers have and will be added to it over the next few weeks making for another interesting instalment in the journal. For those of you that are unfamiliar with JIST I’ll summarise it briefly: JIST is a student journal run by third year students on the Natural Science course in accordance with one of the Year 3 course modules. In addition to this, third year students at the partnered ISci programme at McMaster University in Canada also submit papers to the journal.
The module is designed to give students practical experience of writing, editing, publishing and reviewing scientific papers. Experience which will prove invaluable during postgraduate research and other areas. With strict deadlines on when papers and reviews have to be submitted to the journal, the module can be quiet challenging; despite this, the module can also be very enjoyable as it is an opportunity to be creative yet also professional. There are a few guidelines on the writing style of papers submitted to the journal but when content is concerned, the only requirement is that your paper discusses your topic of choice in a logical and scientific manner. This opens the door for a wide range of areas to be researched which always leads to a diverse range of interesting (and often witty) journal papers. The paper has discussed and challenged topics such as: “What it takes to be all about the bass?” and “Unravelling the genome of minions” from the Despicable Me films; to more recently, answering the question, “Which is the most offensively powerful starter Pokémon?”
If you’re looking for an interesting read be sure to check out the papers published in JIST.