The following are questions the editor at the research journal is commonly asked.
Why submit to the Journal?
The presence of an undergraduate research journal on campus reinforces NC State's status as a major research university. Students who go through the process of research—from drafting ideas to publication—prepare themselves for more advanced research at the graduate and professoriate level. The Journal is student-run, so while undergraduate authors get a chance to publish, the staff gets the opportunity to compile and to create each issue.
Any student who has completed mentored undergraduate research can submit to the URJ-NCSU. The work must be approved by the faculty mentor prior to submission. Any student is eligible to write a science news report for his or her discipline or submit creative works such as fiction.
Submissions are best made via email. The text should be in a word document containing the title page and manuscript body. All graphics and should be high reslution to ensure quality printing and should either appear in the document or contain instructions as to where in the document they should be placed.
Yes. In fact, most papers do. The co-authors may be fellow undergraduates, graduate students, or the faculty mentor.
The deadline for the next volume is October 1, 2009.
Accomodations can be made for late submissions. If you would like to submit your paper after the deadline, please contact the editor in advance so that a schedule for editing your paper may be set up.
The URJ-NCSU aims to publish the best of undergraduate research in each issue. We bring different standards to bear on each of the sections of the Journal.
You will be notified via email that your paper has been accepted for publication.
Information on the two style guides (APA and CBE) the Journal follows can be found on the submissions page. Examples of common types of citations are provided in a link on that page.
Since research is an ongoing process, revisions to the work can certainly be made after submission. Substantial revisions, though, may turn out not to be possible if there is insufficient time to make the change.
Yes. The author retains full copyright over the work, so there will be no problem in publishing in another journal. If you think there may be a conflict between publishing your article in a professional journal and our Journal, we encourage you to summarize your work in a feature story. This allows you to publish the more detailed paper in the professional Journal.
Yes. The author retains full copyright over the work.
URJ-NCSU would be pleased for you to edit any article of your choosing. Please contact the editor-in-chief to see what submissions have been made. An editor is responsible for providing commentary and review on an article. All editing is done in conjunction with other editors and the editor-in-chief. On and off-campus faculty may need be consulted for verification of facts or validation of reasoning.
The Journal is distributed to the student body, faculty, and administrators.
The Undergraduate Research Journal and Undergraduate Research
are part of the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs
Last Updated: October 13, 2012