Student-Led Undergraduate Journals: A Catalyst for Comprehensive Research Experience and Professional Growth
Keywords:undergraduate journals, academic institutions, undergraduate students, open-access journals
This opinion piece underscores the critical role of undergraduate academic journals in fostering a comprehensive research experience for students, with a spotlight on Qapsule, an open-access journal at Queen’s University led by undergraduates. These journals offer a unique platform for students to engage in the full spectrum of scientific inquiry, from conducting research to writing, peer review, and publication. The paper emphasizes the importance of undergraduate students’ involvement in all aspects of research, discussing its crucial role in intellectual growth and professional development. However, these journals often remain under-utilized due to a lack of awareness. The paper discusses the importance of universities actively promoting these journals and providing the necessary resources for students to establish such platforms, thereby nurturing a culture of academic collaboration, creativity, and excellence. It also addresses quality concerns about undergraduate journals, asserting that with appropriate mentorship and guidance, undergraduate students are capable of contributing to the academic community.
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