For authors

We accept submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year and process them in the order they are received. Issues of CJUR are published at the end of April, August, and December each year. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot guarantee that your submission will be considered for the upcoming issue.

Submission requirements

Basic requirements

As a multidisciplinary journal, CJUR accepts submissions from all academic disciplines.

By submitting an article to CJUR, the author must acknowledge that the material is neither currently under review nor has been published at another publication, and that the material will not be submitted to another publication until the editorial board of CJUR has reached a decision.

Submissions based on coursework must discuss projects originally designed by the author(s), and the help of the instructors of the course for which it was originally intended must be acknowledged. The author must also confirm that the article has already received a grade upon submission.

If you have any concern regarding the eligibility of your article, please contact info@cjur.ca.

Formatting

All submissions to CJUR must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. The article is in a Microsoft Word file and in single-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font.
  2. All citations are in APA style and are in-text.
  3. All lines in the text file are numbered.
  4. All illustrations and figures must be submitted as separate PNG, BMP, RAW, or TIFF files of at least 300 dpi, and datasets for all figures and tables must be submitted as clearly labelled spreadsheet files.
  5. All tables must be submitted as separate Excel or CSV files.
  6. All illustrations, figures, and tables must be referred to in the main text.

The editorial board reserves the right to request further information from authors or changes in formatting before deciding whether a submission is to be accepted. Additional questions about formatting or submitting an article should be directed to info@cjur.ca.

Style and accessibility

CJUR is a multidisciplinary undergraduate journal. Submissions should therefore be so simply and clearly written as to be accessible to lay readers and non-native English speakers. Although no submission will be rejected on grounds of poor language, CJUR’s sub editors reserve the right to make all final decisions regarding writing style.

Include as much background and contextual information as possible. Abstract and obscure ideas should be explained clearly and concisely at first mention. Avoid using loaded descriptions or non-standard terms.

Technical terms and jargon should be avoided where possible. Specialized names and abbreviations must be written in full using internationally agreed nomenclature at first mention.

All original quantities must be given in SI units; if a quoted source notes a quantity in a non-SI unit of measurement, the SI equivalent must be indicated in square brackets.

Submission types

Articles

Research articles report on the outcomes of primary observation and/or experimentation performed in response to a research question. These can concern topics in the sciences or the humanities. Articles fall between 4 and 6 pages and must cite at least 10 peer-reviewed sources.

Reviews

Reviews summarize the state of understanding on a research topic or synthesize the findings of existing literature in response to a research question. Reviews should only take primary literature into consideration, falling between 4 and 8 pages and citing at least 15 peer-reviewed sources.

Book reviews

Book reviews discuss the findings and methodologies of a work of non-fiction and place it in the context of its wider discipline. Submissions should fall between three and five pages in length and must must cite at least 5 peer-reviewed sources the bibliography.

Research notes

Research notes briefly discuss a topic of interest to the author(s) or the research community. These submissions are not peer-reviewed, should not exceed two pages in length, and should cite at least two peer-reviewed sources.

Making a submission

Required documents

Your submission must be accompanied by a submission form, and must follow the appropriate submission template relevant to your type of manuscript (see above):

Registration and submission

To submit to CJUR, simply register as an author on our online submission system to submit your article.

Editorial process

Our editorial board consists of undergraduate students who screen the submissions to be considered for publication for adherence to guidelines and general fit with the journal. Submissions are then reviewed by 1-2 faculty and/or graduate student(s) who evaluate the quality and rigour of the article before they are accepted for publication in CJUR. Following review, the reviewer(s) and CJUR editorial board will declare each submission as either: “accepted”, “accepted – minor revisions” or “resubmit for review.” Those submissions with minor revisions will have 2-3 weeks to return their submission with required amendments prior to publication.

Rights for authors

Usage policies

The posting, reproduction, transmission or other distribution or use of the article submitted or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption (see below) or by written agreement of the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research, requires credit to Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research as copyright holder (e.g., Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research © 2021).

General terms and conditions

The failure of the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavour to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

Personal use exemptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from the Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  1. Storage and back-up of the article on the author’s computer(s) and digital media (e.g., external hard drives, back-up servers, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  2. Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  3. Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)’s place of employment (e.g., a biochemistry student at the University of British Columbia can have her article appear in the University British Columbia’s Department of Biochemistry online publication series); and
  4. Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.