Week 1 and 2: Submitting a Paper on Proton Reduction for Publication

My abstract outlines the main idea of Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) and the theoretical concept of optimizing our photocatalytic setup for proton reduction.  In the end, my professor felt the data were compelling enough to be submitted for publication in an academic journal.  So, my fellow lab members and I compiled our optimization studies, our timed studies of hydrogen generation, and other studies that support our proposed photocatalytic mechanism for hydrogen generation.  This was, perhaps surprisingly, the easy part; the next part, which included editing the paper and prepping it for publication, was the more arduous portion of the submission process.  In order to feel comfortable and confident in submitting the paper, my professor, my lab mate, and I all looked over the paper throughout multiple stages of the process, editing and correcting phrasing, data presentation, and citations.  As a result, I received valuable experience in the practice of scientific diction, as well as professional presentation of data, aesthetically and scientifically.  From this, I also recognized the importance of data collection maintenance the lab.  It is important to compile data in a clear and organized fashion so that if, in the future, the data is used for publication purposes, it is clear and concise.  Overall, this will (hopefully) be my second authorship on an academic paper. However, I was much more involved with this process than the previous one.  It has been a humbling and rewarding opportunity.  I take pride in the fact that this will impact the scientific community and my future as an aspiring chemist.