Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

The UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal accepts submissions from undergraduate students of all disciplines who have done research or are currently working on research with either a faculty member or graduate student. Former/current coursework and independent research are also acceptable for submission. Our process requires students to submit their research manuscript to our escholarship site submissions system linked here. If you require assistance or need to contact an editor, please email

To be eligible for the journal, student authors must have either completed their projects while under the guidance of a UCM faculty mentor or as a UCM undergraduate student. Whether it is for an individual or group project, please use a single submission.

Submission Criteria include:

  • The purpose and significance of the research is described clearly for the Journal's multidisciplinary audience.
  • The research is original and relevant to its field.
  • The research project was well designed and executed. 
  • The results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed. Conclusions are logically supported through results and cited sources.
  • Supporting materials—including illustrations, graphs, and references—reinforce the descriptions and claims made in the text.
  • The paper is well written, efficiently organized, and easy to follow. 
  • The paper is free from spelling, punctuation, grammatical, and other writing errors. 
  • Research must be well-supported, innovative, engaging, and credible.

For formatting requirements and other details on how to prepare a paper for submission, please review the Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab's guidelines for Research writing.

Format Specifications:

  • 2,000-4,000 words
  • Double-spaced 
  • 12 pt.
  • Times New Roman
  • 1” margin all around
  • Please save all files in .rtf or .doc format.
  • For citations, use APA style.


Deadlines: Fall, November 9 & Spring, April 7 (Note that work submitted after these deadlines will be held for consideration for the next issue.)

*Please note that the UC Merced URJ only publishes undergraduate research done during enrollment at UC Merced. For example, if you are a transfer student that has completed research work for a class in a previously attended college, it will not be considered for publication.