This learning object is based on discussion of the literature, but it follows a paper through the peer review process. Students first read the original submitted draft of a paper to ChemComm that looks at photochemical reduction of methyl viologen using CdSe quantum dots. There are several important themes relating to solar energy storage and the techniques discussed, UV/vis, SEM, TEM, electrochemistry, and catalysis, can be used for students in inorganic chemistry.
Unlike a typical literature LO where students discuss only the current science, this LO contains the actual reviewer comments to the original submitted manuscript as well as a link to the final version that was published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.
Students will be able to...
· Communicate the main ideas of a scientific research paper to classmates.
· Identify the research area, importance of the research, and background information provided in a scientific paper.
· Discuss areas of a paper that may be improved through revision.
· Compare their views of necessary revisions with actual anonymous reviewers on a scientific paper and the eventual publication.
· Understand the importance and shortcomings of the peer review process using an actual publication from the literature.
The LO has multiple sections which may be discarded or edited depending on the particular learning goals desired. While the chemistry may be difficult for lower level students, the discussion of the peer review process may be valuable to students across multiple levels and even in writing courses. Also provided are the authors' actual responses to the reviewers comments. It should also be noted that the original article was submitted to ChemComm, but the subsequent revised article was submitted and accepted to Journal of Materials Chemistry A.