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 faculty or students to complete and submit a submission form. This submission form serves as a coversheet for your work. After completing the submission form, please email your research paper to our central email account at ucmurj@gmail.com.

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 format.
  • For citations, use the format that is suitable to your work, we recommend: MLA, APA, or Chicago.

 

Deadlines: Submissions due by April 7, 2017.   

*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.