IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

Case Study #1: The Blue Arctic Singing Frog

Producing Primary Research Articles

Peggy and Dermit, researchers in the Amphibians Department at Waycool University, have spent the past four years researching the Blue Arctic Singing Frog. They have monitored and recorded the frog's eating, sleeping, migrating, hopping, and singing patterns. They're made some pretty extraordinary new discoveries about how the frogs use songs to communicate with other frogs.

They've written an extensive research paper documenting their discoveries. Their paper includes several sections that are expected in research reports, including:

Their research report is the first source documenting the singing patterns of the Blue Arctic Singing Frog. It is a primary research article.

They've written the paper; now what?

Peggy and Dermit want to share their research with other scholars. They want to have it published in a scholarly (academic) research journal. They submitted the paper to the Journal of Arctic Amphibians, which is a peer-reviewed journal. Several other wildlife and biology scholars read the paper carefully. These scholars, Peggy's and Dermit's peers, scrutinized the methods, results and discussion. They even sent it back to Peggy and Dermit for clarification and revisions.

Eventually, Peggy and Dermit's paper was accepted to the Journal of Arctic Amphibians. It only took a year after they finished their paper, but often it can take two or more years.

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