Star Fleet Journal of Science – Contest

Out of Game Article

Hello again fellow Fedspacers!

As you know, the Federation Space News Network (FSNN, or FNN) exists to not only bring you fun “in-game” news, but also to provide you with out-of-game updates and stories. Here is one of those fun updates!

Lieutenant Commander Skyler Gray not only serves as the First Officer on the USS Ozaki, but also serves as the head of the Science Division here on Federation Space. In case you did not know, Federation Space has division heads for numerous departments including our main playable departments. These division heads help to generate content for their divisions and keep the wiki full of fun and beneficial information.

Commander Gray has launched a fun and creative way to help generate content for the Science Division. His idea gives you the player an ability to not only help generate content but also win a few medals and some points along the way.

Posted below is the text from Commander Gray’s post in the “Hailing Frequencies” thread.


Introducing the newly reformed Star Fleet Journal of Science!

The Star Fleet Science Institute has issued a call for papers for the Physical Sciences Directorate! (Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, Planetary Science (including the Earth science such as geology, meteorology, etc)

The Reward:

ALL participants will receive the newly approved Journal of Science Participant medal, as well as have their papers included into Volume 1 of the Journal of Science.

In addition to this, the first runner up will receive 100 experience points!

The winner will receive the newly approved Journal of Science Winner medal and 250 experience points!

All participants will be invited to attend the first semi-annual Star Fleet Science Symposium sub plot to discuss their papers, and ask questions about other scientists papers. This will be the number one hotspot for Star Fleet Scientists!

The Purpose:

Transferring information learned on individual ships through missions and subplots onto the wiki in a nicely formated, easily indexed(ie searched) way has been difficult over the years. The purpose of this competition is to encourage science officers to do just that in a fun and rewarding way that will add more detail and richness to the science content on the wiki.

How to Participate:

Simply select a paper format discussed on the Star Fleet Journal of Science page (Research, Experimental, Case Study), select a mission or subplot in which you have discovered a new species, space anomaly, methodology, etc, write your paper, and submit it to me by 21504.30 (April 30th). Winner and first runner up will be announced by 21506.31 (July 31st)

How it will be Judged:

Papers will be awarded points up to a maximum of 250 based on three categories:
Format (100 pts) (Dependent on the Format Selected) includes the following grading metrics:

Title (10 pts) : All papers need a title

Abstract (5 pts): This is a short section that quickly summarizes in 100 words or less what your paper is about, and the conclusions you reached.

Introduction (10 pts): This is where you introduce your idea/theory/experiment/new discovery

Proof of Concept/Procedure/Case Preparation (25 pts): This is where you discuss how you conducted your research, how you gathered information, or how you encountered the new species or phenomenon.

Predictions/Results/Management and Outcome (25 pts): This is where you discuss the results of your study, experiment, or research, and present data you collected.

Conclusion/Discussion (25 pts): This is where you summarize the results, and discuss your findings.

Content (100 pts) includes the following grading metrics:

Relates to subject matter (25 pts): Each Contest will have a specific Directorate (fields of study) to choose from. This one is the Physical Sciences Directorate, which includes the fields of Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Planetary Science (which includes all Earth sciences such as geology, cosmology, etc)

Has been vetted by a ship CO or Site GM through missions or subplots (25 pts): This is an important area. Submissions that completely make up new science will not be acceptable without some sort of oversight. This is to help maintain balance in the game. Oversight means a game GM, or your ship CO has read and/or approved the material being submitted. Basicly if a GM or CO let you do it in the mission, then it has been approved. Keep in mind that these are research papers being submitted to a journal, and do not necessarily on their own constitute scientific fact, just like real scientific journals.

Utilize Fedspace science, Star Trek Science, and/or real science in paper (25 pts): This means that you relate your findings to current fedspace/Star trek canon, or utilize principals of real science in your paper. Keep in mind we are not all real life scientists, so just as much (if not more) emphasis is given to writing a trek science fantasy papers as to ones with real science terms.

Creativity in connecting mission data with current canon as well as new material (50 pts): This is a very subjective area, which basically amounts to how much the judges liked your paper.

Grammar (50 pts) includes the following grading metrics:

Spelling (20 pts): Use a spell checker.

Correct Word Usage (20 pts): Make sure you are spelling the CORRECT words (there/their/they’re) etc.

Punctuation (10 pts): Don’t have amazingly run on sentences without any sort of punctuation designating the end of an idea or the start of a new one please and thank you also don’t end a statement with a question mark?


If you have ANY questions now, or during the competition, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask here, or to email me. I am also looking for two volunteers to help judge the papers. (Judges are not able to submit papers)

-Science Division Head



What a detailed and well thought out contest! Full disclosure I,  Kevin Avery, am absolutely horrible at all things Science. However, I know a lot of you on the site are not only great at playing scientist but that you also study science in real life! Therefore I am very much looking forward to reading these entries when they become available!

If you have any questions about the contest, be sure to e-mail Commander Gray (

You can also view the original post by clicking HERE

Good luck!

-Kevin Avery


Kevin Avery is the Managing Editor of the Federation Space News Network. He has been with the FNN since 20804.01 when the FNN officially relaunched.

One Response to Star Fleet Journal of Science – Contest

  1. Greg Helms says:

    Will there be a medical journal as well?

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