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Tips for Writers
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected scholars all over the world, leading to changes in research timelines and journal publishing. Fear not! Many of the journals on this guide accept undergraduate manuscripts up to a year after graduation.
Academic publishing requires attention to detail. Ask yourself these questions before submitting a paper to an academic journal.
- Does my paper fit within the journal's subject area?
- Is my paper correctly formatted?
- Is it within the journal's word limit or page limit?
- Are my sources properly cited in the journal's required style? (For example, APA stye)
- Have I included all the materials the journal wants me to submit? (For example, a cover letter, title page, or abstract)
- Am I submitting my paper before the publication deadline? (Most journals in this list do not have deadlines, but some do)
- Have I had a professor, colleague, friend, etc. proofread my paper so there are no errors?
Undergraduate Research Journals for the Humanities and Social Sciences
These journal listings are for information purposes only. UNL librarians cannot tell you what journals to submit your paper to. It is the writer's responsibility to check the journals' websites for the most up-to-date information.
This page was last updated in May 2021.
Description: "A refereed, multidisciplinary online journal devoted to undergraduate scholarship and discourse, is currently accepting high quality essays on issues of public importance. We search for papers that have a single thesis, are focused, identify significant societal and global issues, and offer creative solutions or specific recommendations for addressing the challenges."
Published by: Penn State University
Submission guidelines: 2000-5000 words.
Gettysburg Social Sciences Review
Description: "An open access, peer-reviewed, undergraduate research journal that is dedicated to providing a forum for undergraduate students to develop and share critical research and writing in the Social Sciences."
Published by: Gettysburg College
Description: "An open-access academic journal focused on publishing high-quality original work across a range of disciplines. In particular, our focus falls on the social sciences, arts, and humanities but we also consider pieces with broad cross-disciplinary appeal. Our publication is open to submissions from scholars at all stages of their academic career (undergraduate and above)."
Submission guidelines: 1500-7000 words.
International Social Science Review
Description: "Invites the submission of manuscripts in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human/cultural geography."
Published by: Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society / University of North Georgia
Submission guidelines: Articles - up to 30 pages. Book reviews - up to 1000 words.
Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography
Description: "Seeks to publish original ethnographic research by undergraduate students working in a variety of disciplines. Our goal is to bring readers insights into subcultures, practices, and social institutions. We expect crossovers with anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and area studies, as well as programs in education, design, or management."
Published by: Dalhousie University
Submission guidelines: 7000-9000 words.
Submission deadline: January 31 and July 31.
Journal of Integrated Social Sciences
Description: "A web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the scholarly investigation of social phenomena. We especially encourage students and their faculty advisors to submit the results of their investigations."
Published by: California Lutheran University
Submission guidelines: Accepts research reports, brief reports, theoretical contributions, commentaries, and book reviews.
Journal of Politics & Society
Description: "Provides a forum for undergraduate discourse on issues concerning law and public policy."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: 20-50 pages.
Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa
Description: "Exists primarily to honor and disseminate student academic work in religious studies or theology."
Published by: Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences
Description: "A peer-reviewed journal that uses the social science disciplines of sociology, anthropology, politics, international relations and social policy to reflect critically on learning and teaching practices in higher education and to analyse their relationship to changes in higher education policies and institutions."
Published by: Berghahn Books
Submission guidelines: Articles - 1000-8000 words. Book and conference reviews - 600-1000 words.
Penn Undergraduate Law Journal
Description: "Seeks to foster scholarly discource on topical and historical issues pertaining to law or the legal system."
Published by: University of Pennsylvania
Submission guidelines: At least 20 pages.
Submission deadline: January 31, 2021
Pursue: Undergraduate Research Journal
Description: "Provides undergraduates an avenue to publish their original research articles in the following areas: (but not limited to) psychology, sociology, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, mathematics, humanities, agriculture, architecture, business, and education."
Published by: Prairie View A&M University
Submission deadline: October 10 for the Fall issue and March 10 for the Spring issue.
Undergraduate Journal of Humanistic Studies
Description: "Looking for high-quality papers that present serious research with fresh points of view in the humanities and social sciences."
Published by: Carleton College
Submission guidelines: Up to 30 pages.
Submission deadline: March 17, 2021
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences
Description: "Dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research. Papers may represent a full range of research design, including experiments, surveys, case studies, and documentary research."
Published by: Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
Submission guidelines: 1000-3500 words.
**currently on hiatus**