Quantum Leaps

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 8 January 2018

Quantum is an open-access peer-reviewed journal for quantum science and related fields. Quantum is launching a pilot outreach project, Quantum Leaps, where scientists write a rigorous and accessible popular science version of a research paper, which are then reviewed by school students, under the supervision of a researcher. The goals of this project are three-fold:

1. Teach the process of peer review to school students by direct experience;

2. Get students interested in the science of quantum computing and information; and

3. Provide a venue for researchers to showcase effective science communication in quantum sciences.

After peer review, the best articles will be published in Quantum Views, and the reviewers will be invited to give a talk about the experience. This project is inspired by Frontiers for Young Minds, which implements the same idea in fields such as biology, psychology and space science. Quantum Leaps is coordinated by Chris Ferrie and Lídia del Rio.

Call for papers: To participate in this project, send us your popular science article and be ready to undergo the scrutiny of intelligent and motivated young students. We are looking for rigorous and accessible articles about a specific research direction, problem or result (rather than say, a review of quantum computing). It may be about your own research or someone else’s.

Deadline: 12th of February 2018, AoE. To submit, use the form at the bottom.

Format: Free, but not too long (more than 2-3 pages may be too much). Figures are welcome and probably extremely useful.

Background of the readers: The reviewers are 13-14-year old students in grade 8 at Cherrybrook Technology High School, in Sydney, Australia. They have no knowledge of linear algebra. However, the students are familiar with reading scientific articles for their age group (for example ChemMatters). They will be supervised while reviewing the paper (see description below). The reviews will be carried out as part of their education on scientific peer review.

Schedule: Submissions will be received until the 12th of February 2018. The students will referee the papers in February/March and final decisions by editors will be made in April.

Rewards: After peer review, the top papers will be selected by the editors and published in Quantum Views and invite the students to nominate a group member to speak about the paper they reviewed and their experience at a seminar organized at the UTS Centre for Quantum Software and Information. This talk may be included in the program of an international conference hosted there in July 2018.

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