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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 Science and Chemistry
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 quarterly journal of biology and the journal of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society. Subjects covered include articles on current research, developments in biology, biology as a profession, biology education, and articles on graduate and professional training for biologists."
Published by: Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) National Biological Honor Society
Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal
Description: "A professional-level, open-access science journal that is committed to publishing manuscripts of the highest scholarship resulting from significant scientific research or outstanding scientific analysis."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: 5-15 pages.
Submission deadline: January 22, 2021
Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science
Description: "Aims to increase scientific awareness within the Dartmouth community by providing an interdisciplinary forum for sharing undergraduate research and enriching scientific knowledge."
Published by: Dartmouth College
Description: "A journal designed to promote the education of evolutionary theory in colleges and universities. An evolutionary education provides a framework for enhancing the research and theory in all disciplines, and as such, EvoS Journal welcomes work from all academic disciplines as well as interdisciplinary scholarship that incorporates evolutionary theory across areas of study. As an outlet for academic articles, EvoS Journal has two particular aims. The first is to publish peer-reviewed articles related to evolutionary theory in higher education. The second is to publish undergraduate peer-reviewed publications that have arisen from courses offered through Evolutionary Studies Programs."
Published by: Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Consortium
Submission guidelines: Up to 10,000 words.
Description: "An international journal dedicated to showcasing undergraduate research in all fields of microbiology."
Submission guidelines: 2000-7000 words.
Submission deadline: January 31
Description: "The first international, online neuroscience journal for undergraduate publications."
Published by: Appalachian State University
International Journal of Exercise Science
Description: "The primary aim is to engage undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly activity as authors and reviewers as they develop into professionals. The scope of the journal includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-disciplines: biomechanics and neural control, cardiovascular physiology and metabolism, clinical exercise physiology, fitness assessment, metabolism and nutrition, physical therapy and athletic training, sport psychology and behavior, and sports science."
Intersect: The Stanford Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Description: "An international Science, Technology, and Society research journal run by undergraduate students. It welcomes undergraduate, graduate, and PhD submissions at the intersection of history, culture, sociology, art, literature, business, law, health, and design with science and technology."
Published by: Stanford University
Submission guidelines: Articles - 4000-6000 words. Book reviews - about 1000 words.
JOSHUA: Journal of Science and Health at The University of Alabama
Description: "An undergraduate research journal. We accept articles from current undergraduate students." Priority is given to research conducted at the University of Alabama, but students from other institutions are welcome to submit their research also.
Published by: University of Alabama
Submission guidelines: 2000-4500 words
Submission deadline: February 28, 2021
Journal of Experimental Microbiology and Immunology
Description: "Dedicated to the publication of undergraduate research results in fields related to microbiology and immunology."
Published by: University of British Columbia
Submission deadline: May 15
Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research
Description: "Papers of original research performed by undergraduates on all aspects of chemistry including analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, polymers and biochemistry. Authorship may be by the student or their professor."
Published by: Virginia Military Institute
Submission guidelines: Up to 1900 words.
Journal of Young Investigators
Description: "Dedicated to representing undergraduate research in biological/biomedical sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering, psychology and social sciences. We accept submissions of original research articles and literature review articles from undergraduate students."
Submission guidelines: Students may submit manuscripts up to one year post-graduation, provided that the research/writing work was completed as an undergraduate student.
Description: "An inter-institutional venue for publishing undergraduate research manuscripts pertaining to the marine and aquatic sciences. MarSci is looking for diverse submissions from any student at any institution. Future issues will feature research manuscripts, posters and abstracts, student articles, words of advice from faculty members, and upcoming deadlines and events (undergraduate research programs and student-friendly conferences)."
Published by: University of South Carolina
Submission guidelines: First authors must be undergraduate students or must have completed research pertaining to the submitted manuscripts when the authors were undergraduates.
McGill Journal of Medicine
Description: "This journal hopes to encourage students to continue their research by providing them with an editorial staff eager to consider their submissions and an opportunity to experience the peer-review process."
Published by: McGill University
Submission guidelines: Original research articles - up to 3500 words. Brief reports - up to 1000 words. Case reports - up to 1500 words. Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and narrative reviews - up to 5000 words. Also accepts commentaries, reflections, editorials, clinical vignettes, and art.
Penn Bioethics Journal
Description: "The nation's premier peer-reviewed undergraduate bioethics journal. Papers can be reports of empirical research or novel syntheses of previous work in science, philosophy, public policy, or any other discipline addressing an issue in neuroscience or neurotechnology. Term research papers are also encouraged."
Published by: University of Pennsylvania
Submission guidelines: "The author must be an undergraduate student at a nationally accredited institution and have a faculty member sponsor their submission." At least 2000 words.
Submission deadline: September 19, 2020
Description: "A multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal published by the Science and Technology Wing at the University of Pennsylvania."
Published by: University of Pennsylvania
Submission guidelines: "We are seeking outstanding undergraduate research papers from seminars, senior thesis programs, independent studies, and more. Possible disciplinary perspectives include, but are not limited to: Biochemistry, Biological Basis of Behavior, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy."
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.
RURALS: Review of Undergraduate Research in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Description: "A faculty-refereed journal devoted to the publication of high quality research by undergraduates worldwide in all research problem areas including, but not limited, to those described in the USDA, CSREES Manual of Classification of Agricultural and Forestry Research. Articles by graduate students will be considered if the work has been completed as undergraduates. Articles are instantly issued upon acceptance."
Published by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Submission guidelines: Up to 15 pages.