About this journal

Synthesis (ISSN 2643-8410 (online)) publishes student science communication writ large. Many of the works we publish document community engagement projects that bring science to the public. Others describe student researcher's own scientific work. All works represent students' efforts to experiment with science communication in order to reach audiences beyond the scientific community. The journal is published by the University of Iowa as a joint effort of the Latham Science Engagement Initiative, the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, and Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning.

Submissions Welcome

Submissions of student science communication are invited between May and January. To inquire about submission guidelines, email the Latham Science Engagement Initiative at clas-latham@uiowa.edu.

Indexing Information

Complete metadata for all articles in Synthesis, including DOIs, is available via OAI. See our policy regarding use and reuse of our metadata.

Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution; there is not embargo period. The journal allows readers to read, download, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles, without asking prior permission from the copyright holder. Any other use, including distributing non-commercially, must be approved by the author, unless such use is allowed by a license.

Copyright and Licenses

The author may include the officially published version of the article (version of record) in an institutional or disciplinary repository, provided the posting includes a prominent statement of the full bibliographical details, and a link to the online edition of the journal.

Author Charges

There are no article submission charges nor article processing charges (APC) to publish.

Usage Information

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Preservation Status

Synthesis is preserved in Portico.

Prior to September 2021, this title was previously hosted in Digital Commons software. That site is available in the Internet Archive.


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