Of course you do! How exciting to see your research or science article in print. Furthermore, you are becoming an active participant in a well-established and trusted scientific method of sharing hypotheses, results, and conclusions that could inspire more research, lead to new technologies or treatments, and impact the world of STEM.
This journal is specifically for high school and middle school women in STEM. The number of women pursuing careers in STEM fields is dwindling. Most women usually lose interest and determination in STEM as teenagers because they are not motivated to continue into a field dominated by men. So ladies, this journal is just for you. We hope it will inspire you to continue pursuing your passions.
Emerging Female Scientist wants to inspire, recognize, train, and equip female middle school and high school students to pursue and share their scientific ideas and research. In fact, EFS is the first and only scientific journal inspired by and created just for 7-12 grade women in STEM. All research submissions must have a female as the primary (first) author. Every submission is received and reviewed by an all-female Editorial Board, which is guided by a Scientific Advisory Board of nationally-recognized scientists, researchers, and educators.
The editorial and advisory boards are committed to helping you have a fun and meaningful research and publication experience. Your submissions will receive constructive feedback on the content, research methods, results, and conclusions. You get to learn about the publication process from peers and experts who ultimately help you refine and improve your work into a polished and worthy final research product.
The Peer-Review Process for EFS is similar, but not identical, to that of other scientific journals. One major difference is that the EFS journal focuses on encouraging and educating emerging female scientists throughout the process. Also, we understand that middle-school and high school research may involve parent and teacher involvement and supervision, and may come from class-based projects, science fairs, or academic and industry internships. As long as projects are largely led by the student (primary author), help from adults, teachers, or groups will not result in disqualification, but their contributions should be recognized in the Acknowledgements section, or by co-authorship, as appropriate. There is a copyright notice, but no copyright impingements involved with publication in EFS, nor any other restrictions that would preclude subsequent publication of related articles in other venues (unless specified by the authors).
There is a second, major difference in the peer-review process of EFS. Submitted articles are initially reviewed by at least two members of the EFS Student Science Council at Stony Brook School. If there are areas that obviously need editing or revision, references are not submitted, or the required format is not followed, the article will be returned directly to the author, with encouragement, and with specific instructions for improvement and resubmission. When an article is deemed acceptable by the EFS Student Science Council, it is then forwarded to one or two members of the Editorial Board for their assessment, depending on scope and content.
Editorial Board members are requested to review and critique the article, and importantly, to provide useful feedback and suggestions for improvement. Once the journal staff receive the reviews from the Editorial Board, these comments and suggestions are forwarded to the author and to the Student Science Council reviewers, allowing everyone involved to receive valuable insights into the scientific, editorial, and peer review process. Unless the article is fatally flawed, authors would be encouraged to re-submit the document with changes and corrections, as informed by the peer review process, to produce a version worthy of publication. Although comments about specific tables and figures are encouraged as part peer review, final layout, formatting and design touches will be handled by the Student Council Production and Marketing Team. The Editorial Board reviewer(s) will be notified when the article has been accepted for publication. It is anticipated that peer review by the Editorial Board would be done anonymously.