MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

Journal Club Guidelines

Selecting a paper:
  • 1. Speakers should choose an article to present that is both timely and interesting to the larger astrophysics and astronomy community. A list of possible papers can be found here and is linked to on the main page of the Journal Club website. Graduate students are also encouraged to discuss paper choices with their advisors.
  • 2. The paper does not necessarily have to be outside of your area of research, but should not be authored by anyone at MKI.
  • 3. If you are scheduled to speak at Journal Club, you must send your chosen article to a Journal Club Committee member by Monday of the week you are presenting. This is to ensure that speakers give themselves adequate time to prepare a talk that the rest of the MKI can learn from and enjoy.
  • 4. The Journal Club Committee will let you know by Monday evening if your paper has been approved.
  • 1. Journal club talks are to be 15 minutes long, with 5 minutes for questions.
  • 2. A sample presentation is linked to here
    Feedback on talks:
  • 1. Advisors should plan on being available to students or post docs who wish to practice their Journal Club talk prior to the day of the presentation.
  • 2. First time speakers (and anyone else interested) are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor and the journal club committee immediately after Journal Club to discuss their presentation. These feedback sessions are intended to be a positive, low-pressure environment in which a speaker can hear from a small group of people how to improve for future talks.
  • 3. If you wish, you may email your slides to the committee members in advance for comments.