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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 Psychology
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 December 2021.
Journal of European Psychology Students
Description: "An open-access, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal for psychology students worldwide. JEPS gives psychology students the chance to gain experience in publishing and to improve their scientific skills. Furthermore, JEPS provides students with the opportunity to share their research and to take a first step toward a scientific career."
Published by: European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations
Submission guidelines: Up to 8000 words. Research must have been conducted during undergraduate or masters courses.
Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity
Description: "Offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to fully experience the scientific method from the development of original ideas to their diffusion, through the peer review process."
Published by: Université de Montréal
Submission guidelines: Up to 7500 words. Articles may be written in English or French.
Journal of Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences
Description: "A peer-reviewed undergraduate research periodical."
Published by: Fairleigh Dickinson University
Submission guidelines: Faculty members and graduate students can be co-authors, but the first author must be an undergraduate student.
Journal of Undergraduate Ethnic Minority Psychology
Description: "Devoted to publishing research (quantitative and qualitative) authored or co-authoured by university undergraduate students. We invite theoretical and empirical research submissions that are from ethnic minorities' unique perspectives, that focus on the thoughts and behaviors of ethnic minority populations, or both."
Published by: Alabama State University
Submission guidelines:Research papers - up to 25 pages. Short reports - up to 10 pages. Extended abstracts - up to 4 pages. The first author must be an undergraduate student or an alumnus who graduated within the past 2 years. Papers may be co-authored by non-students, undergraduate students, alumni, graduate students, faculty, or community members.
Modern Psychological Studies
Description: "A psychological journal devoted exclusively to publishing manuscripts by undergraduate students. We are continuously seeking quality manuscripts for publication, and will consider manuscripts in any area of psychology. Although MPS primarily focuses on results from experimental research, there are also publication opportunities for theoretical papers, literature reviews and book reviews."
Published by: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Submission guidelines: "An undergraduate student must be the first author on the manuscript, but faculty members can be co-authors. We will publish papers submitted by graduate students if the research described in the paper was completed as an undergraduate."
Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research
Description: "All submissions must be original empirical research, which may cover any topical area in the psychological sciences. Quantitative, qualitative, and replication studies are each welcome."
Published by: Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
Submission guidelines: Up to 35 pages. Accepts submissions from both students and faculty. At least one author must be a member of the Psi Chi honor society.
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 Psychology
Description: "Welcomes, reviews, and publishes manuscripts about topics in Psychology and Psychology-related fields. Interdisciplinary research is highly valued and encouraged, but should retain a close connection to Psychology."
Published by: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Submission guidelines: Manuscripts must have an undergraduate as the primary author. Manuscripts by graduates will be accepted if the work was completed as an undergraduate and submission occurs within 1 year of graduation. Graduate students or faculty may be co-authors if their role was one of teacher or mentor and not full-fledged collaborator.
Undergraduate Journal of Psychology at Berkeley
Description: "An annual publication that allows undergraduate students who have completed scientific studies in psychology and psychology-related fields to publish their findings to the larger academic community, promoting further and more excellent undergraduate research."
Published by: University of California, Berkeley
Submission guidelines: Original research and literature reviews - up to 5000 words. "Stepping Stones" articles for a non-expert audience - up to 1500 words.
Submission deadline: November 15.
Yale Review of Undergraduate Research in Psychology
Description: "An annual journal that showcases the best and most original research in psychology conducted by undergraduates from around the world. We publish research in all areas of psychology, including clinical, developmental, cognitive, and social psychology. Our goal is to contribute to the scientific advance by encouraging serious, quality research early in students’ academic careers."
Published by: Yale University
Submission deadline: January 15.