Physics Special Topics with Dr Mervyn Roy by University of Leicester published on 2013-05-01T11:23:54Z DR Mervyn Roy speaks to Hannah Tucker about the Physics Special Topics module at the University of Leicester Dr Mervyn Roy from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester is the current module leader of the ‘Journal of Physics Special Topics’. The 10 credit module is available for students in the final year of their four year Mphys degree. The concept of the Journal of Physics Special Topics was developed by Professor Derek Raine who introduced the Journal in 1996. Dr Mervyn Roy took over as module leader in 2009 and facilitated the process of moving the Journal fully on-line (including submission of articles, review requests and submissions, editorial decisions and publishing). The Journal is now available world-wide. The module provides students with an insight into the formal process of submission, peer review and publishing – as well as some scope for creativity and group work. Split into small research groups, the students are asked to come up with ideas for short papers of no more than two pages, properly presented with formulae, diagrams, references etc. The groups referee each other’s work and sift out any ‘low quality’ papers containing mistakes or invalid conclusions in a process overseen by a student editorial board. The end result is the annual edition of the Journal of Physics Special Topics. This year see’s the 11th volume with over 60 articles that cover a huge spectrum of physics.