Written Assignment

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

You will need to summarize a scientific paper on fishes, and review two of your classmates’ summaries. First, find a research paper on fishes from a peer-reviewed journal. You can find copies of these journals in the Science Library, or online on the Web of Science (accessible from any computer connected through the campus network). Google scholar works great too.

Some great fish journals are:

Copeia

Journal of Fish Biology

Environmental Biology of Fishes

Marine Biology

Write a summary of the paper, explain why the work was done, what the questions are, and what your comments are on the paper. Did you like the paper? Why, why not? This should be no more than two pages for your 1st draft and one page for the final. Print two copies of your 1st draft and swap with two classmates. You should have two people reviewing your paper and you should review two students’ papers. Return your reviews to one another  so that you will be able to make edits to your work before the final deadline. Incorporate the reviewers’ comments into your work and print this final draft. Your grade for this assignment will incorporate the thoroughness of your reviews (20% percent of your paper grade will be determined by how well you reviewed your peers paper). The paper will account for 20% of your overall course grade.

You will then turn in four items, stapled together:

1) The final, edited draft of your paper & the names of the people whose paper you reviewed

2) Reviewer 1′s edits to your first draft

3) Reviewer 2′s edits to your first draft

4) The abstract of the article you read 

Due dates:

Print two copies of your paper (double spaced) and swap with two classmates on Wednesday August 8th. You should have two people reviewing your paper and you should review two students’ papers. Return your reviews to one another no later than Wednesday August 15st so that you will be able to make edits to your work before the final deadline on Monday August 20thPlease let me know if you do not receive reviews back on time. Incorporate the reviewers’ comments into your work and print this final draft. Your grade for this assignment will include the quality and thoroughness of your peer reviews. The paper will account for 20% of your course grade.

Summary:

-1) Give your paper your own title (5pts).
-2) Background and Hypothesis(30pts): explain why work was done and what was/were the question(s)
-3) Methods(20pts): brief outline of their system and what methods they used.
-4) Results and Discussion(30pts): What did they find and what are the discussed implications.
-5) Your comments on the paper(15pts): Do you believe what they say?-do you like the paper? why? why not?
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You might incorporate figures if you find it necessary (i.e. in a second page)

- if you do, you’ll need to cite figures in the text.