IUJUR Submission Guidelines
Last Updated: Mar. 18th, 2010
IUJUR Submission Guidelines
Please follow these guidelines to ease the review process and to ensure the best chances of getting published.
- Any student in good standing at or graduated from any campuses of Indiana University, who conducted research under faculty supervision, is eligible to submit to IUJUR.
- Students from outside of IU may still submit as long as their faculty mentor is affiliated with Indiana University.
- Students may submit more than one paper within a subject area or across subject areas. Students may also co-author more than one paper. Papers will be rated solely on quality and not quantity.
- Student Authors and their Primary Investigators/Mentors must both sign the Student Author Contract.
- Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. To ensure your article is reviewed before a semester ends, please submit two weeks in advance of the beginning of finals week.
- Do not quote unpublished sources. If you use a paper that has been accepted by a publisher but not yet published, you may quote and cite it: append “(in press)” at the end of the reference.
- There is no minimum or maximum manuscript length. Generally, full manuscript lengths have ranged between 6-20 pages (double spaced, 1” margins on all sides, Times New Roman, 12 points).
- Remember that this is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary journal. If your manuscript is too extensive for our audience, we may recommend you submit to a disciplinary journal instead.
- Papers may be written in any language, however papers not in English may have a delayed review process.
- If you have any questions regarding the process, rubric or citations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “IUJUR Submission Question”
- Submissions are accepted in the form of a full-length article, research snapshot, or literature review article (details on website)
- Author(s): (Last name First Initial Second Initial) (example: Jones AB, Jones BC.)
- Order: First Author, Second Author, Third, Fourth,……Primary Investigator (PI)
- Keywords, no full sentences
- Provide a summary of the research paper along with significant findings and overall significance
- 150-300 words
Paper organization varies by subject area; adjustments can be made after consulting editors
Natural, Social, or Applied Sciences
- Provide relevant background information (with external references) that introduces theoretical concepts, techniques used, and possible applications for the research.
- Include all information needed to recreate the research.
- Denote subsections of the experiment with subheadings and separate paragraphs.
- Describe results of experiments.
- Include relevant figures and references to said figures (*MUST BE IN APA STYLE)
- Number figures in the order they are discussed; include a brief description and relevant statistics.
- Provide your interpretation of the results.
- Discuss potential future directions of the research.
- Summary of findings, discussion of implications, and overall significance
- A Humanities submission must incorporate the following elements:
- A thesis that argues for a unique perspective or claim on the research topic
- Substantial engagement with existing research in the field
- Evidence-based argumentation using credible sources (*MUST BE IN CHICAGO STYLE)
- Discussion of broader implications of research
- Length: there is no minimum or maximum manuscript length, but a recommended length of at least 10 pages (double-spaced) should serve as an indication of the depth/breadth of analysis and argumentation expected in the paper.
- Format: content must be organized logically and divided under informative section headings. Otherwise, the format of the paper body is flexible.
- Appendix for supplemental information, such as additional figures (optional)
- Professional journals often include a brief section thanking all who contributed to the paper and those outside the main author list. This is commonly written in third person as “The author would like to thank...”
- References (required; see below)
- For sources in press, append “(in press)” at the end of the reference.
- Any sources not described below should be in APA format (e.g., images, webpages, databases).
- Humanities Submissions must be in Chicago Style format.
- Superscript numerical references in the paper for in-text citations and list them in the same order in the bibliography.
- Scientific Journal:
- Author(s) (Last name, First Initial.). (Year). Title. Journal, Volume(Issue), Pages.
- Example: Jones, A., Jones, B. (2014). Writing a Scientific Paper. Fake Journal 1(1), 34-35.
- Note: If you choose to abbreviate, please abbreviate only the journal title and do so according to Indexus Medicus. If there are more than 3 authors, list first three authors followed by “et al.”
- Author (Last name, First Initial.). (Publication Year). Book Title (edition). City, State of Publisher: Publisher.
- Example: Jones, A. (2014). Fake Book (1st ed.). Indianapolis, IN: Books Press.
- Chapter Author (Last name, First Initial.). (Year). Chapter Title. In Book editor’s name (First Initial. Last Name) (Ed.), Title of book (edition) (pages). City, State of Publisher: Publisher.
- Example: Jones A. (2014). Fake Chapter. In B. Jones (Ed.), The Fake Book (1st ed.) (pp. 1-49). Indianapolis, IN: Books Press.
Formatting submission files
- The Student Author Contract should be submitted to this form in PDF format.
- Manuscript must be submitted in .doc or .docx format with figures and tables included.
- Manuscript must NOT contain student author or mentor’s name anywhere except for the cover page to ensure double-blind reviewing
- Figures/Tables must be also submitted in a .zip or .rar archive labeled as surname_firstname.zip or surname_firstname.rar For instructions on how to do this, please refer to: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Zip-File
- Images must be submitted as JPEG files at a minimum of 500 dpi and labeled as surname_fig#.extension (ie: jones_fig1.jpg).
- Tables must be submitted as individual Excel files labeled as surname_table#.xls or surname_table#.xlsx.
- All files should be submitted in the Open Journal Systems software. (Follow the “Submit Your Work” graphic at iujur.indiana.edu/submit)