Undergraduate Research Journal

The University of California Riverside Undergraduate Research Journal provides a student-edited multi-disciplinary journal that features the very best faculty-mentored undergraduate research and scholarship accomplished on our campus. This peer review process is managed by the Student Editorial Board (SEB) with guidance from the Faculty Advisory Board (FAB), and logistical support from Student Engagement team. The Journal is sponsored by the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Prior to submission, students should review all Journal Requirements including paper requirements, guidelines, and other submission information.

Publishing workshops are provided to clarify expectations for successful article submission:

  • Students interested in submitting articles to the Journal are highly encouraged to attend a "Publishing in the Journal Workshop". Those students who are unable to attend should carefully review the Journal Formatting Guidelines (below).
  • The workshops will be presented by a member of the Student Editorial Board who outline the expectations, will provide clarification and answer specific questions about preparing an article for submission.
  • Additionally, in support of the workshops, the Student Editorial Board has prepared a Publishing Video (7 minutes) as a supplement to the required presentation.


Application Deadlines:

Journal Article and Cover Art

March 15, 5pm


Submissions for Articles and Cover Design Art

Submissions will be accepted throughout the academic year, however finalized selection of articles will be determined after the April 1 deadline for the annual spring publication.

Submitting an Article
  • Article Submission Requirements

    Articles submitted to the Journal must be original work written by currently enrolled undergraduate students at UCR, who are involved in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and/or creative activity.
    All articles must be approved by the student researcher's faculty mentor(s) for submission to be complete. Once the student has submitted the article online, each faculty mentor will receive notification via email.  The faculty mentor will then have the option to approve, hold the article for edits, or not approve.  (It is highly recommended that students acquire verbal approval from their mentor(s) before they submit online.) The student will be notified of the mentor's action and is responsible for following up with the mentor if the article was not approved.  Only those submissions approved by faculty mentors will move forward to the editorial evaluation process. If appropriate, research must have approval from institutional oversight boards or committees. 

    The UCR Undergraduate Research Journal is considered a campus journal.  The Journal is housed in the Rivera Library Special Collections and can be found in the UCR Library.  The submission of a paper to the Journal does not exclude the possibility of submitting similar work to an external journal unless the external journal's submission or publication restrictions prohibit it.  Students who are published in the Undergraduate Research Journal may also submit their work for publication in other journals. 

    You are encouraged to review articles previously submitted and accepted. You can view the most recent Journal to see examples.

  • Journal Formatting Requirements
    • Articles must be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx format)
    • Document size cannot exceed 5 MB.
    • The maximum length of a submission cannot exceed 12 pages; this includes all figures, tables, illustrations, footnotes, cites, and references. It does not include the abstract or author information.
    • Font must be 12-point Times New Roman throughout the paper.
    • Margins must be 1-inch on all sides.
    • Article text must be double spaced.
    • All pages must be numbered.  Place number in the center of the page at the bottom.
    • References:  Follow the citation styles of your discipline. Some examples are MLA, APA, CSE, ACS, etc... Please work with your faculty mentors to determine which should be used.
    • Single space the abstract
    • Maximum length of the article cannot exceed 12 pages, including all figures, tables, graphs, footnotes, and references. Abstract and author biography are not counted in the 12-page limit.
  • Recommended Structure of Submitted Paper
  • Criteria to be used to review articles
    • Abstract
      • Is the research question clearly articulated?
      • Is the research approach clearly defined?
      • Does it make clear the results/relevance of this research?
    • Article Body
      • Well-defined position and motivation for research.
      • Logical, step-wise method and methodology.
      • Clarity of conclusions.
      • Significance of results.
      • Direction of study and broader implication of research.
    • Style Points
      • Grammar and spelling.
      • Proper formatting and labeling of figures and graphs.
      • Clarity of article presentation.
      • Appropriate use of citations/references.
  • Biography Requirements for Authors
    • All students submitting articles for consideration will also need to provide a brief biography. The biography should be no more than 80 words. It should be written in third person, present tense and include the following:
      • Name
      • Year of Study
      • Major
      • Research and research mentor
      • Awards/recognition (funding, research, honor societies, leadership roles)
      • Future goals

    It is important that care be taken with grammar and spelling in your biography, as it is considered part of your submission in the review process.

    • Example:
      • Author: Connor Richards, Department of Physics and Astronomy
      • Connor Richards is a third year Physics major. He studies physics beyond the standard model at the Large Hadron Collider. With funding from the Goldwater Scholarship, University of California Regents’ Scholarship, UC LEADS Fellowship, and Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, he has participated in research and outreach at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) for two years under the guidance of Dr. Owen Long. Currently Vice President of CNAS Science Ambassadors, Richards’ passions are research, science outreach, and STEM education. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in High-Energy Physics and a faculty position.
  • Support Resources
Submitting Cover Art

The Journal Editorial Team invites original art submissions for the Journal cover.  Authors and non-authors are encouraged to submit images that represent their research and/or creative work.  Images will be selected on a competitive basis based on creativity and/or relevance to research, scholarly, or creative activity. The image must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate, or otherwise use any content, material, or element that is owned by a third party or that violates a third party’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the law of copyright or trademarks.

  • Artwork Criteria
    • Submissions must be your own artwork.
    • Submissions must be unpublished (unless being used in the Journal).
    • No less than 300 dpi set at their required size in: Photoshop, InDesign, or high resolution PDF, CMYK color setup.
    • Preferred submission size is 8.75" x 11.25" (or scalable down to this size).
    • You are allowed to submit up to 3 images.
    • You must provide a description of no more than 80 words.
  • Judging of Cover Artwork Submissions

    Each entry will be judged by a panel consisting of the Faculty Editorial Board Chair, the Editor-In-Chief, the Associate Editors-In-Chief, and the Copy Editors.  The top 3-5 covers will be voted on by the entire Editorial Team, including the Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board.  The winning design will be used on the cover of the Journal, which will also include a half-page about the winner and his or her work.  The winner will be recognized at the Journal Unveiling Ceremony.

    The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry is deemed fitting. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be had in relation to their decisions or the competition.

Additional Information
  • Faculty Advisory Board

    Dr. Morris Maduro, Biology; Faculty Advisory Board Chair
    Dr. Kelley Barsanti, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
    Dr. Monica Carson, Biomedical Sciences
    Dr. Andrea Denny-Brown, English
    Dr. Jonathan Eacott, History
    Dr. William Grover, Bioengineering
    Dr. Xiaoping Hu, Bioengineering
    Dr. Isgouhi Kaloshian, Nematology
    Dr. Matthew King, Religious Studies
    Dr. Leonard Mueller, Chemistry
    Dr. Jeff Perry, Biochemistry
    Dr. Marko Princevac, Mechanical Engineering
    Dr. Conrad Rudolph, History of Art
    Dr. Ruoxue Yan, Chemical and Environmental Engineering

  • Student Editorial Board

    Each fall quarter, students are nominated by their College as candidates to serve on the Student Editorial Board (SEB) of the UCR Undergraduate Research Journal. Nominees are contacted and given the opportunity to apply. The Faculty Advisory Board selects SEB members from the applications. The SEB meets to choose the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor-in-Chief(s). 

    SEB Board Members gain hands on experience in the publication of the Journal.  They work closely with the Faculty Advisory Board members as well as several undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors. Serving on an editorial board is a wonderful experience for students contemplating careers in research and creative scholarship.

    Students who are involved in faculty mentored research, scholarly or creative projects will be invited to submit their articles for the review by the Student Editorial Board, working with guidance from the Faculty Advisory Board.  

  • Student Editorial Board Members
    • Editor-In-Chief:  Phuong-Anh Do, Biology
    • Editor-In-Chief:  Catherine Seo, Bioengineering
    • Associate Editor-In-Chief:  Jonathan Phillips, Biology
    • Associate Editor-in-Chief:   Sandra Rosales
    • Copy Editor:  Sarah Ibrahim, Biology
    • Copy Editor:  Caroline Munoz, English
    • Members:
      • Jacob Abrisz, Literature and Language (Germanic Studies) & History
      • Alexander Brinkley, Biology
      • May Chan, Microbiology
      • Anthony Cort, Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology
      • Precious Fasakin, Economics
      • Daniel Gutierrez, Psychology
      • Daria Kudryavtseva, Economics
      • Jennifer Le, Biochemistry
      • Martin Lopez, Biochemistry
      • Chau Nguyen, Biochemistry
      • Nicholas Norkus, History
      • Kelsey Rosales-Torres, Neuroscience
      • Jordan Soma, Biology
  • Past Journals

    The UCR Undergraduate Research Journal was first published in 2007. All current and past volumes of the Undergraduate Research Journal can be found in Special Collections in Rivera Library. Starting in 2018, all issues will be made available on Escholarship, the open-access publication's source for the University of California. 

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