Assignment: Journal Article Reviews

           If you have never reviewed an article from a scientific journal, then it is time to do so.  If you have never READ a scientific article, then it is WAY PAST DUE!!

           You will be required to write three reviews of three different journal articles – the articles must be about some subject having to do with topics discussed in your evolution class, and on research done in the last TEN years. They must be ORIGINAL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH articles, in other words PRIMARY LITERATURE, and NOT a REVIEW article. You MUST run the article by me first, before doing the review.  There are a number of applicable journals in the Derrell C. Roberts Library, and many more available in interlibrary connections (GALILEO), a partial list of which are presented below.  To find yet more journals available to you, you may go online to the Dalton State College homepage, click on the library link, and then click on the “A to Z Journal Locator” link. From that page, you can then search for subjects of Journals and find yet more titles.

American journal of human genetics
Animal Genetics
Annual review of biophysics and biomolecular structure
Annual review of cell and developmental biology
Annual review of ecology evolution and systematics
Annual review of entomology
Annual review of genetics
Annual review of genomics and human genetics
Behavior Genetics
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Brain, behavior and evolution
Cell and Chromosome
Cladistics: the international journal of the Willi Hennig society
Current Genomics
DNA and Cell Biology
Evolution & development
Evolutionary applications
Functional Ecology
Genes, brain and behavior
Gene therapy and regulation
Heredity (Nature)
Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Journal of Genetics
Journal of human genetics
Journal of molecular evolution
Nature genetics
Nature reviews: genetics
Plant, cell and environment
Plant systematics and Evolution
Systematic entomology
Zoological Journal of the Linnean society

           Exclusively electronic journals, such as PLOS ONE, are completely acceptable.

            Your reviews should BEGIN with TITLE and AUTHORS. The review should be no more than two pages long (this is a GUIDELINE, not an absolute), DOUBLE-SPACED.  You must include a SUMMARY of the article – the summary should include:

          1.  The hypothesis (-es) being investigated.
2. The main ORGANISMS (including scientific names) involved and the LOCATIONS where the investigations were done.  Do NOT list ALL scientific names if it is a large survey article. If the article highlights certain species, then your review should, too.
3. At least the basics, but VERY BRIEF, about WHAT was done (methods).
          4.  Summary of important results/discussion, and WHAT THE CONCLUSIONS are about the original hypothesis (-es).

            This will be followed by original discussion of yours that should include the following:

          1.  How the info in the article connects with topics discussed in class; as we are starting this assignment right away, you may have to look ahead to see what topics are coming.
2. Additional research that might have been done to clarify topics in the article.
3. Further questions/research that could be asked/undertaken, stimulated by what you read in the article. 

           Each review is worth 25 points. You MUST turn in a copy of the article with the review. All articles may be taken from internet resources, but let me again remind you that the articles must be PRIMARY ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLES

           Clearly this gives you a lot of leeway in terms of topics covered by the articles.  It should therefore be rather easy to complete these reviews, and you can always ask me for help along the way.

The three reviews will be due:

October 14, 2019

October 28, 2019

November 11, 2019