Given the rigorous nature and fund needed to publish an academic work, it has always been debated if other students such as undergraduate students write and publish an academic research paper. It is a “publish or perish” world out there, many students have had their ideas stolen or lost because they didn’t have the opportunity to work on it and own the idea.
Publishing an academic work is never an easy task. To publish a work of an acceptable standard, you will need to learn research methodologies for an academic work. However, that alone won’t be sufficient. You will need to set aside a huge fund necessary to carry out in-depth and exhaustive research, tests, sampling, and more. You will also need to find an experienced academia who himself has published a number of works to guide and supervise you.
When you are done with all that, you will still give your work out for review. This review can be done in various ways. It can be done by a team of professional editors or reviewed by other research paper writers.
Given the above, it is easy to see the reason why most academic bodies won’t be willing to fund an undergraduate or even a secondary school student that wants to embark on writing an academic research paper. However, the real question is, by not giving other people a chance to publish academic research papers, are we not losing more than we are trying to save?
Undergraduate research transforms many students’ lives. The experience of writing a research is an actualization of dreams, a “professionalizing” experience, and a great opportunity to be an active contributor to the production of scientific knowledge. Unfortunately, most students are excluded from 3 important components of research which include:
- Peer review
- Supervision and funding
If we are to be consistent with improving undergraduate education, undergraduate students should be given an opportunity and resources to write academic research papers. This assumption is made based on the success of those undergraduates who have actively participated in the research experiences.
Our research has shown that students, the school, as well as the world have a lot to gain by encouraging undergraduate students even secondary students to try their hands on research work.
Some Benefits Students Can Get From Writing an Academic Paper at Undergraduate Level include:
- Own The Idea (Author)
You don’t have to be a Ph.D. student before you can get an idea for an invention. Even as a secondary school or undergraduate student, it is possible that you will have an idea. When given a chance, you can work on a research in order to prove that your idea is valid. Of course, when you end up proving that, you will be rewarded with the ownership of the idea. Most people have had their idea stolen because they lack the resources to work on them. When encouraged, an even secondary school can come with some pretty amazing ideas that can be worked on and use in the future to solve one of the world’s problems.
- Improve Technical Skills
A research work can help anyone especially an undergraduate student improve his technical skills in a realistic setting outside of the classroom.
Working on a research, the student will feel like he is involved in a super intensive yet satisfying lab class where he will complete an innovative project that he would be proud of. You might even get credited as an author co-author. But that’s not all if students start attempting research at undergraduate or secondary level; they will be better prepared to write academic research work when they reach the Ph.D. level with little or no supervision.
- Potential For Professional Advancement
Not everyone has a taste for Ph.D. This means that not everyone is going to be an author of an academic research work since this is mostly reserved for PhD-level students. But, writing a research work at any level can be used for professional advancement in future. You can have your research advisor write a recommendation letter and make personal referrals that you can use to get a better job or admitted into graduate school. In fact, such recommendations are more respected than having high GPA.
The Growing Debate and Acceptance of Undergraduate Research
Like we mentioned above, there have been various debates for and against undergraduate students getting involved in an academic research work. Some researchers have reacted negatively to this notion. These people are of the notion that undergraduates have a lot of distractions that will work against them should they get involved in writing an academic journal. Most of them are involved in the governance of institution and actively participate in other activities that will leave little or no time for research works.
Nonetheless, a good number of universities and peer-reviewed academic journals are beginning to see the need to give other students apart from Ph.D. scholars an opportunity to write and publish their first academic journal even before they get into Ph.D. studies.
Some schools now have special websites where they publish academic research of undergraduate students. Thankfully, this trend is on the rise and undergraduate research will get more interest in coming years and hopefully more funding.
Here at International Journal of Research And Engineering (IJRE), we encourage students as well as anyone interested in academic research to take up the task of writing an academic journal. We believe academic journal can help one achieve more in the future other than just passing exams and fulfilling the requirements of completing a Ph.D. Thus, this is why we are giving undergraduate students a rare opportunity to publish their work as far as it is of an acceptable standard.
You can get your work accepted just by working with a professor or an academia that can guide you on the methodologies of writing an academic work. Once you are done, send it to us, we will review it and let you know if it will get a spot in our journal or not.