Submit Your Work
Please review these frequently asked questions before submitting your work to JUR.
- How do I submit?
- What kind of work does JUR accept?
- Am I eligible to submit?
- Does it cost anything to submit my work?
- Submit Artwork
- How long does the review process take?
- How should I prepare my work?
- What are JUR’s publication policies?
- Why should I publish my work with JUR?
1. Be sure you thoroughly reviewed all the guidelines on this page.
2. Fill out the permission to publish form. Read this document very carefully. You may fill this out electronically, but please print out the last page to include a handwritten signature, scan the document, and return via email.
3. Send your submission and permission to publish form to the managing editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of work does JUR accept?
We accept any work created by an undergraduate including, but not limited to:
- Journalism Article
- Creative Writing (including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose)
- Photography and Visual Art (must be accompanied by a brief description)
Authors must be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education at the time the submitted work was created. Students who have recently graduated may submit work up to one year after the date of their graduation.
After submitting, you will hear from our managing editor within a few days. Within another one to two weeks, an editor assigned to your work will contact you to start the review process. Depending on the length of the work and extent of edits, the entire review process will usually take a total of 12 to 16 weeks.
It sure doesn’t! Submitting to the Journal is absolutely free; no strings attached.
- While we have no specifications for length, please be as concise as possible, valuing clarity over breadth.
- Be very attentive to detail regarding grammar, language, and syntax.
Content and novelty
- We look for original, outstanding work that is of interest and impact to the JUR audience.
- Accepted work will contribute meaningfully to the undergraduate knowledge base.
- We only accept work in English and Spanish.
- Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns in the title (rule does not apply to creative work).
- Ensure that all Greek letters and special characters are properly embedded.
- Submissions must not be a protected file format; submission must be sent in a .doc or .docx format.
Figures, Tables, and Images Format
- All color must be in cmyk.
- Tables, figures, and images should be .jpg, .pdf, or .gif formats.
- Please position tables/figures/images in the document as submitted and attach PDF documents.
- For each figure there should be a figure number indicating the sequence of the figures, a short title for the figure (15 words max), and a description of the figure or photograph (300 word max).
- It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures, tables, or photographs that have been previously published.
Citations and References Format
- Please review our citations and references guidelines.
Plagiarism and libel
- Any work containing plagiarized, defamatory, or libelous content will be formally rejected from publication.
- Submitted material must not infringe existing copyrights or the rights of a third party.
- Guidelines regarding plagiarism can be found here.
- Research our journal – spend time reviewing our past publications and be familiar with all of our policies.
- We encourage you to ask your colleagues, supervisors, and/or peers to read your work before you submit.
- Be prepared to respond promptly to emails from your editor, and be open to revisions to your work.
Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate referees review submission and recommend a course of action for the work. All submissions are read by a member of the editorial staff; only those that seem likely to meet the standards of JUR are sent to referees in order to save time for authors and referees. Keep in mind the following:
- All submissions must not be under consideration, in part or in whole, by any other publication, nor should the work have already been published in any citable form.
- Submission to JUR implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content and that any experimental research reported in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee.
- Research carried out on human subjects must comply with the 2009 Helsinki Declaration.
- Internationally recognized guidelines must be followed for any research involving animals.
- The methods section of the work must include a statement indicating the name of the body that gave ethical approval, with a reference number if appropriate.
We continually accept and publish individual articles in an online PDF format, which are eventually compiled into a single volume of the Journal. In the spring, we showcase a select number of these articles in a printed version. Because of printing costs, not all published works will appear in entirety in the print version; however, we will acknowledge authors published online only by including abstracts or excerpts of their work with a link to our website where readers can view full versions of all articles. All authors, featured in both web and print versions, will receive a complimentary copy of the Journal. This policy allows us to publish your work more quickly and in a more accessible format to share with family and friends.
JUR reserves the right to reject submitted work at any time during the review process.
- We accept work from all disciplines.
- Becoming published is a résumé-builder for employment and graduate school.
- You will gain valuable experience with the publication process.
- You will improve your work through peer-review.
- You will receive a copy of your work (or an excerpt of your work) in print
We want to help you make your work the best it can be, and we are committed to serving you. Even if you are not selected for publication, we truly care about helping you learn from the process.