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2 ABOUT Undergraduate neuroscience journal Mission: promoting scientific literacy, growing the neuroscience community, and developing effective science communicators.

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4 WHY? Science outreach is critical

5 WHY? "So, when you guys do your research, you start with a scientific—what do they call it—postulate or theory, and you work from that direction forward, is that right?... I'm just wondering how that’s related, for example, to global warming and eventual global cooling" - Representative Randy Weber (R-TX)

6 WHY? “A large majority (82%) [of participants] support mandatory labels on GMOs, but curiously about the same amount (80%) also support mandatory labels on foods containing DNA.” - Study: OK State University

7 WHY? Neuroscience is amazing Develop strong writing skills Become part of the neuroscience community Unique experience Exposure

8 HOW? Organization of GM – Leadership – Staff Editor Writer/Blogger Artist Designer – Contributor Authors Artists

9 HOW TO JOIN? Attend six (6) meetings Table for four (4) hours Contribute to the journal Read “The Science of Scientific Writing” Application and “interview” – Interview = just introduce yourself

10 BENEFITS Concrete position within Grey Matters – Build a body of work/portfolio Listed among staff online and in print Member only meetings parties – Pre EWN meet and greet – Q&A sessions with neuroscientists – Organized lab tours Prizes & t-shirts

11 The Publication Process

12 Roles Authors: Write original articles for publication in the journal Editors: Work with authors to produce a polished, accurate, well written article Artists: Work with authors to produce original art piece(s) to accompany their article

13 Approx. Volume 3, Issue 1 Timeline Tuesday, 2/17: Article Proposals (Round 1) Due

14 Approx. Volume 3, Issue 1 Timeline Thursday, 2/26: Article Proposals considered; authors and editors paired Thursday, 3/5: Rough drafts due Friday, 3/6: Evening with Neuroscience! Thursday, 4/24: Article Proposals (Round 2) Due Monday, 6/8: Final Drafts Due

15 How to Submit an Article Proposal 1.Go to greymattersjournal.com 2.Click on “Submit an Article Proposal” (far right) 3.Fill out the form! Some notes about article proposals...

16 Notes about Article Proposals 1.Make sure your topic is neither too simple nor too complicated a. You’ve only got so much space to write about it, but it needs to be interesting too! 2.Do your research thoroughly beforehand a. Make sure you have at least 3 peer reviewed sources BEFORE submitting a proposal

17 Article Types Brain Blurbs Short Articles Research Articles Brain Blurb

18 Peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the producers of the work (peers). It constitutes a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. – Wikipedia What is Peer Review?

19 Peer-Reviewed Sources ● We require our articles to be based off peer- reviewed sources ● Prior to publication, the article was reviewed for accuracy by an expert in the field ○ This allows academics to hold themselves and their colleagues to a certain level of integrity and excellence ● You will need to provide 3 for a proposal

20 Peer-Reviewed Sources ● National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) hosts biomedical databases ○ PubMed: biomedical literature ○ Tools: GenBank, BLAST, etc. ● Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources

21 Grey Matters Blog The perfect way to get your writing feet wet! Write shorter, more colloquial articles to be published on the Grey Matters Blog We’re always looking for new blog posts! Interested? us at

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23 Evening With Neuroscience 2014 Panel discussion with several neuroscience professionals HUGE success 300+ people

24 Evening With Neuroscience 2015 March 6 th from 6- 8:30pm Contacting panelists Waiting on funding Looking for committee members! OR


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