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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

If your work has aspects relevant to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, please use the template at this link to provide a brief description of those aspects.
Also: Please be sure to include the relevant SDG/s in the Keywords section in this format: e.g. 1. End Poverty (use the Goals, Targets and Indicators at this link)

If your work has aspects relevant to public policy, please use the template at this link to provide a brief description of those aspects.

Submission Guidelines:

What is a review? A review paper is an overview of the current published research on a given field. It is an opportunity for the author to summarize the research done so far, recommend a direction for future research, and present new ideas on how to approach the field from a different perspective.

Who can submit? Any TCD undergrad! Articles can be submitted under the headings of Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, but students need not be from these disciplines. We encourage everyone to get involved.

How do I choose a topic? You can write on anything that interests you! The important thing is that once you choose a topic you follow up with researching the relevant published and peer-reviewed journal articles. Current work such as physics poster projects, chemistry broad curriculum presentations, schols preparation or final year projects can also provide prompts for research article ideas.

What is the selection process? There is an editor assigned for each of the categories who will work alongside an academic advisor and a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students in selecting the best articles for publishing.

Can I adapt previously completed work? Yes, provided it fits the submission guidelines set out on our Writing Your Review section. The article would have to be submitted to the college before our print date and if any work is associated with a module it must be stated in the acknowledgements section. All articles will be put through a plagiarism checker that will verify the original authors and their sources.

Can I submit more than one article? Unfortunately, we can only allow one submission per student.

Specific Guidelines:
• Word Count: 2500 words (not including references, images, etc.). You are allowed to be +/-10% of this limit.
• Format: MS Word (.doc or .docx) or LaTeX submissions are accepted. Please also send full/high quality versions of your images (.jpg, .png, and .pdf are allowed) alongside your submission to the email address below.
• Referencing: Vancouver Style Referencing (free software packages from TCD such as EndNote or Mendeley can do this for you)
• Chemical Structures: Please draw them out using a program such as ChemDraw (this is available from TCD for free).
• Selection Process: This is entirely anonymous.

• Cover Page: Please fill out the cover page with your personal details and review information and submit with your review. 

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