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Students Publish Online Research Journal During Pandemic

Release Date: August 29, 2020

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Colorado State University Pueblo students published the third edition of El Rio, a peer-reviewed, student research journal that focuses on interdisciplinary research across all academic disciplines. The journal is normally published each spring, however the pandemic delayed this year’s release date to July.

The July online edition features eight articles researching such topics as energy efficiency, nutrition among middle school students, environmental impacts and climate change and social inequality. To view the journal, El Rio, visit

“It was definitely a challenging publication and academia is already challenging,” said Sabina Garduno, junior political science and Spanish major and one of five student editors of El Rio. “It was really rewarding to see how dedicated everyone was to make this happen.”

Students and faculty shifted to a remote work environment in mid-March to accomplish the peer-review and editing processes for the journal. The pandemic made it difficult, but the students and faculty persevered, according to Isabel Soto-Luna, visiting assistant professor of library services, who did the design work for the journal.

“Normally the design work is done by students, but working remotely I took over the layout process,” said Soto Luna. “Once the design layout was completed then we sent to students for feedback before we published.”

Articles in the journal are accepted through a blind-review process overseen by students and assisted by faculty members. The process involves oversight from the Dean of Library Services, Rhonda Gonzales, Library and Academic Resource Center staff, and a faculty sponsor for each student who submits an article for review.

Students can submit work in both English and Spanish and for many students, this is the first time their work is being published. The interdisciplinary nature of the journal allows students from all academic disciplines to submit articles for review. 

“I would encourage student to do this, it’s such a great experience,” said Garduno.  “I’m going to apply again to be an editor this year and I also might try to publish. It’s far friendlier and less intimidating than it seems.”

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