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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 Interdisciplinary Studies
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.
1890: A Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "Provides undergraduate students the opportunity to demonstrate their interests and abilities in various disciplines by accepting works of research, creative writing, poetry, reviews, and art."
Published by: University of Central Oklahoma
Submission guidelines: Accepts research papers, creative writing, art, photography, and reviews.
Submission deadline: November 13, 2020
American Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "A national, independent, faculty peer-reviewed, open-source, quarterly, multidisciplinary student research journal."
Published by: SUNY Oswego
Description: "We strive to publish superior examples of undergraduate humanities research from a variety of disciplines as well as intellectual approaches."
Submission guidelines: Articles - 2000-6000 words. Book, film, and theater reviews - 1000-1500 words.
Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "An outlet for the publication of outstanding undergraduate scholarship across the humanities, social and natural sciences."
Published by: Butler University
Submission guidelines: Up to 30 pages.
Submission deadline: December 1, 2021
Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "A student-led publication that aims to highlight research by undergraduate students of all disciplines."
Published by: University of British Columbia
Submission guidelines: Original research - 4-6 pages. Reviews summarizing existing literature in response to a research question - 4-8 pages. Book reviews - 3-5 pages. Research notes - up to 2 pages.
Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development
Description: "An online journal dedicated to promoting dialogue on sustainable development by bringing students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions in direct conversation with each other through an online, academically rigorous medium."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: Accepts scholarly articles, opinion pieces, field notes, and photo essays.
Submission deadline: October 1, 2021
Crossing Borders: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship
Description: "Introduces undergraduates to the processes and values of open-access, peer-reviewed communication, thereby preparing them to be more critical consumers and producers of scholarly discourse."
Published by: Kansas State University
Submission guidelines: Articles - up to 25 pages. Book reviews - about 500 words. Field notes - 600-800 words.
Description: "An online journal that focuses on digital art and culture. Our focus remains on work that thrives in the browser frame. We celebrate experimental internet art that may never live in a gallery, and we look for new perspectives on popular culture, digital culture, and art."
Published by: University of Richmond
Submission guidelines: "Multi-media, film, audio, and new media pieces that engage digital art and/or culture with an eye toward the American experience." Text submissions should be 400-5000 words.
Description: "Accepts research papers written by current undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities around the globe. The research can be on any topic."
Published by: Case Western Reserve University
Submission deadline: September 1, 2021
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience
Description: "A peer-reviewed journal of creative writing, visual and recorded art, and scholarly work from the first-generation college community (i.e.: students, faculty, and staff whose parents have not completed a bachelor's degree from an institution in the United States)."
Published by: Loyola Marymount University
Submission guidelines: "We accept submissions in multiple genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, spoken word, drama, song, dance, photography, painting, illustration, literary analysis, research, and multimedia works (in Word, PDF, RTF, MP3 [audio] and MP4 [video] format), so long as submissions reflect one or more aspects of the first-generation college experience."
Forbes & Fifth
Description: "Unites works of research, creative writing, and scholarly articles under the banner of interdisciplinary collaboration."
Published by: University of Pittsburgh
Submission guidelines: Up to 25 pages.
Submission deadline: Two issues per year - deadlines in October and February.
Description: "A nationally competitive interdisciplinary journal seeking illuminating, insightful and contemporary research at the undergraduate level."
Published by: Augsburg University
Submission deadline: January 14.
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 Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
Description: "A peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. Accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines."
Published by: Pacific University / Central Washington University
Submission guidelines: Up to 3000 words.
Journal of Student Research
Description: "An academic, multidisciplinary, and faculty-reviewed student journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research."
Submission guidelines: Up to 20 pages (single-spaced)
Submission deadline: May 31, 2021
Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "A journal where undergraduates have an opportunity to publish their own work and showcase their talents in any academic subject. Research, poetry, reviews, and art can be featured side-by-side as a testament to the scholarly power of undergraduate students."
Published by: Colorado State University
Submission guidelines: Up to 30 pages. Accepts submissions in English or Spanish.
Liberated Arts: A Journal for Undergraduate Research
Description: "Publishes radical and original student research on a variety of topics, with the aim of helping students participate in our wider academic research community."
Published by: Huron University College
Submission guidelines: Up to 4000 words.
Submission deadline: January 15
Description: "Its essays examine arts and culture, philosophy and politics, but speak across the intellectual spectrum. In general, we are interested in essays in the original sense of the term: thoughtful attempts, not academic papers."
Published by: University of Chicago
Submission deadline: July 1.
Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "Our mission is to support development of high-quality original undergraduate research, recognize exceptional undergraduate scholarly efforts and accomplishments, and contribute to the undergraduate learning experience."
Published by: Monmouth College
Submission guidelines: 5-35 pages.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2022
Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring
Description: "An open-access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal supporting the mission of undergraduate research and the programs that strive to provide undergraduate students opportunities to participate in scholarly activities with faculty mentors. PURM currently runs on a themed-issue format, but general submissions are also welcomed."
Published by: Elon University
Submission guidelines: 5000-7000 words.
Submission deadline: June 15, 2021
Process: Journal of Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Scholarship
Description: "An online space for undergraduate writers across the disciplines to share their work outside of the context and constraints of the college classroom...We believe that undergraduate projects deserve serious attention, and hope to encourage all undergrads to begin forging new pathways for the future of academic and public scholarship." Each issue has a specific theme.
Published by: University of Washington
Submission guidelines: Critical essays - 2500-5000 words. Other types of submissions such as poems, short stories and digital artifacts require a 500-word abstract.
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.
Reinvention: An International Journal of Undergraduate Research
Description: "An online, peer-reviewed journal, dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate student research. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas and all universities."
Published by: University of Warwick / Monash University
Submission guidelines: 2000-5000 words.
Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal
Description: "An interdisciplinary journal that seeks to celebrate and inspire undergraduate researchers at Stanford and worldwide."
Published by: Stanford University
Submission guidelines: 2000-4000 words.
Submission deadline: February 1.
Tulane Undergraduate Research Journal
Description: "Our goal is to unite the best undergraduate research from undergraduates across the globe and represent all academic fields producing a spectrum of high-quality and diverse work."
Published by: Tulane University
Submission guidelines: 2000-6000 words.
Submission deadline: March 19, 2021
Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research
Description: "A refereed, multidisciplinary, online undergraduate journal that will advance knowledge in new scholarly arenas by presenting intellectual and reflective work by undergraduates."
Published by: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Submission guidelines: Research articles - 12-20 pages (single-spaced). Reflective or analytical essays - 4-10 pages (single-spaced).
Undergraduate Research Journal
Description: "A forum for multidisciplinary undergraduate research and creative endeavors within higher education."
Published by: Georgia College & State University
Submission deadline: May 1, 2021