Science research student? Check out these Open Access journals

Have you heard of Open Access? If so, you already know what a marvellous initiative it is. And, if you’re one of our super smart research students, than you should definitely consider submitting your research to some Open Access journals. Share the love, share the knowledge and together we can create amazing things!

Quite a few science Open Access journals were pioneers in the domain of Open Access and are worth considering when searching for places to submit your research article. Some to consider are:

PLOS (Public Library of Service)
All PLOS publications are peer-reviewed, you can even check out a full list of titles of that PLOS publishes. These include:

BioMed Central
BioMed Central have an extensive list of quality journals, including:

Dovepress
Dovepress (a New Zealand-based publisher) also publish a range of open access journals in the biomedical and technical fields. They include:

You can check the peer review status of all of these journals on UlrichsWeb. Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. If you need a touch more guidance, or are confused about finding an appropriate journal to publish in, book an appointment with your Discipline Librarian or attend an HDR workshop.


Connect with nature on World Environment Day

It’s World Environment Day on Monday 5 June 2017.

Embrace this year’s theme and connect with nature! Get yourself and your classmates outdoors; appreciate nature’s beauty and importance and take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

Connecting people to nature in everyday life is an integral part of Griffith University. Since its inception in the early 1970’s, the university has taught environmental sciences.

And over time, the university has integrated environmental sustainability into almost every other discipline taught. Go Griffith!

But don’t let the University show you up. You can connect with nature by simply downloading the GrowsAtGriffith app. The app allows you to access an attractive, easy-to-use and concise flora of the common vascular plants found on Griffith University campuses and southeast Queensland.

Want more? There are so many apps available that can help you connect with nature. Check out the Field Guide to Queensland Fauna (search for it on iTunes or Google Play.). It provides a detailed description of animals, maps of distribution and endangered species status for fauna in the state of Queensland.

And don’t forget about your Griffith University library! We can help you connect with nature as well. The library has many flora identification books including Cronin’s key guide: Australian rainforest plants, Australian trees and Wetland plants of Queensland: a field guide.

It also has animal identification books like the Field guide to frogs of QueenslandTracks, scats and other traces: a field guide to Australian mammals and Queensland’s threatened animals.

If you would like help locating fauna and flora resources, book a Research and Referencing consultation with a Librarian.


Fighting malaria

Mosquitos are not just annoying, they are also dangerous and can bring all sorts of devastating diseases as well. One of those is malaria, a disease that kills many people around the world.

25 April is World Malaria Day and Griffith researchers are working on the case to defeat it.

Want to know what Griffith researchers have done so far?

Our key researchers in the field include Professor Michael Good, Professor Vicky Avery, Dr Leonardo Lucantoni, Professor Sally-Ann Poulsen and Professor Katherine Andrews.

You can view journal articles the researchers have published on the Griffith Experts site. This can be a great way for you to find journal articles written by your lecturers and maybe improve your marks.

Type “Michael Good” in the search box, and you can see the Professor’s publications to see what work he has done so far.

Here are a few activities promoting World Malaria Day:

Malaria Day Luncheon Event

  1. 26 April
  2. N75
  3. Proceeds donated to Rotary Against Malaria for the purchase of bed-nets.  Everyone donating/purchasing lunch will receive a ‘peg’ mosquito to pin on a the symbolic bed-net!
  4. RSVP: Leo, l.lucantoni@griffith.edu.au

Outreach Packs

  1. Packs contain educational material/activities designed to educate and engage children (8-12 years) with activities that include find-a-word, cross-words, a maze and colouring in pages.

Online Quiz

  1. “How much do you know about malaria?” is a 25 question online quiz designed to educate as well as capture information about current knowledge on malaria and malaria prevention.

Build a mosquito competition

  1. Fancy your craft skills can build a mosquito?  Give it a go and share on social media to raise awareness of malaria and its prevention.