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How a Master’s Thesis Becomes a Peer-reviewed Article: Episode 5 – Available online!
by Megan Fork -- October 9th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I received the type-set proofs of my paper from the editorial staff at Ecosystems. It was great to see my writing looking like a real journal article.

A slightly closer look revealed a few issues: namely captions that didn’t match figures, as well as some overzealous abbreviation. It took a few more rounds of editing, sending proofs back and forth, but finally, it was ready for publication! A few days later, I received notification that my paper is now available online!

Because Ecosystems, like almost half of all scientific journals, is run by a for-profit publisher, my paper is  living behind a pay wall.  This is still a rather unhappy point for me, but I’ll share more opinions on access to scientific literature in a future post. . .

It’s a proud feeling to have my first (first-authored) paper out there in the world.  And, maybe an equally good feeling to be ready to focus my attention on the next project.



  1. Cocoa Maxwell
    Oct 9, 2013

    I’m going to cite your paper in my next project regardless of the fact that it is completely unrelated to my work. I won’t be stopped!

  2. Tawnee
    Oct 9, 2013

    Awesome! Congratulations, Megan!!

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