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Learning through Publishing The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

  • Benjamin J. Bauer (a1), Whitney C. Ogás (a1), Omar R. Shakir (a1), Zoe M. Oxley (a1) and Rosalee A. Clawson (a2)...

Publishing a research journal can be a rewarding and useful learning experience for undergraduate students. Drawing upon our experiences with The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics, we describe the benefits of producing a peer-reviewed journal. Among the benefits we highlight are gains in political science knowledge, increased understanding of research methodologies, refinement of writing and debating skills, and development of interpersonal skills. We close with a call for professors to encourage their students to submit papers to the journal.

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Pi Sigma Alpha. 2007. “Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, Proudly Supports These Campus-Wide Student Journals Published by Its Chapters.” Pi Sigma Alpha Newsletter 16 (Fall): 11.
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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
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