Who can submit to the
Any UCI undergraduate who has concluded a faculty-mentored research
project or creative activity at any time between two consecutive
Spring Quarters can
submit to the Journal. Non-UCI undergraduates who have
completed a project under the mentorship of a UCI faculty member
Can I have a co-author?
You can have UCI undergraduates as co-authors. Other research personnel
should be recognized in the Acknowledgements section of your paper.
What is the Journal
The submission deadline for papers is typically at the end of June,
and it is published once a year, during the Fall Quarter. For
XVI, the deadline is Monday, September 16, 2013.
Can I request an extension
on the deadline to submit my paper?
Yes. If your project or paper will not be completed by the deadline,
and you are still interested in submitting for the Journal,
send an e-mail explaining your situation to UROP Director Said
What is the review,
selection and editorial process for the Journal?
Initially, the UROP Student Editorial Board reviews each submission
and recommends papers to the UROP Faculty Advisory Board, which
makes the final selections. The Student Editorial Board and the
UROP Publication Assistants thoroughly edit each paper that is
for the Journal.
The UROP Publication Assistants produce complete edited layouts
of the Journal for the Student Editorial Board, faculty
mentors, and student authors to review before it is approved for
What are the selection
criteria for the papers?
We want to see the following:
- A well-written paper
- Significance and purpose of the research well described for
a multidisciplinary audience
- Well-developed research design and methodology
- Thoughtfully interpreted and analyzed results
- Excellent usage of supporting materials or references
- A non-repetitive, efficiently organized, convincing, and easy-to-follow
How will I know if my paper has been selected
for the Journal?
You and your faculty mentor will receive
an e-mail about your status late in the Fall Quarter. You may
also click this
link to check your paper's status .
What subjects and
how many papers do you publish each year in the Journal?
We welcome papers from all disciplines, and the decision to publish
a paper depends only on the quality of the paper. We do not have
a quota as to how many to publishdecisions are based on quality
only. If all the papers submitted are excellent, we will publish
them all; likewise, if all the papers are poor, no Journal
will be published that year. For creative projects, we invite an
extended description of the project, illustrations, or more appropriate
materials instead of a full-length manuscript. In the past years,
the Journal has typically consisted of five to eight
papers. Five papers were published in the 2011 Journal.
What kind of format
is required for the Journal?
Limit your manuscript to a maximum of 25 one-sided, typed pages
submitted on 8 ½ x 11 paper. All text should be double-spaced
using a 12-point Times New Roman font. Margins must be set at
on all sides. Place the page number at the bottom center of every
page. Consult the Paper
Submission Guidelines for more in-depth information about
organization and graphic requirements. Only papers that adhere
to these guidelines
will be considered for possible publication in the Journal.
My faculty mentor has
not read my paper. Should I submit it anyway?
No. Your paper must be read and approved by
your faculty mentor(s) prior to submission. A faculty mentors
approval is extremely important and may increase your chance of
I don't know how to cite sources. Where can
I go for help?
For citing sources, use the MLA Handbook (copies are available
in the UROP Office to browse through or borrow). The Paper Submission Guidelines list how to cite common
references, such as books, scholarly journals, magazine and newspaper
articles, and anthologies.
My project involves the use of human or animal
subjects. What should I do?
If your project involves human or animal subjects, please make
sure your study has obtained the appropriate IRB or IACUC approval
to starting your project. You must provide the number approving
this study. If you do not have this approval, your paper will
be considered for possible publication. For more information visit
the UCI Office of Research Administration Web site
Do I need to respond
to the biographical questions and turn in a picture with my application?
Yes. Published papers will include a brief biographical section
about the author. Please respond to Biographical
Questions with short answers. Also submit a 2 ½ x 2 ½
photograph (headshot). The photograph should have
a light background and must be of publishable quality, at least
Can I make revisions
to my paper after I submit it?
Yes, but only if the UROP Faculty Advisory Board and Student Editorial
Board deem such changes are necessary and would greatly enhance
the understandability of your paper. Revisions should be submitted
only after you receive a request from UROP for such changes. Such
papers are considered borderline cases and have a good chance of
Can I also submit
my paper also to other journals?
Yes, but make sure the other publications do not object if your
paper ends up being selected for publication in The UCI Undergraduate
Research Journal. This is assuming that you are submitting
identical versions of the paper to both journals.
I am in the Biological
Sciences Excellence in Research Program. Can I participate in
Yes. We recommend that you participate in both. We invite you to
submit your paper for possible publication in The UCI Undergraduate
Research Journal, following UROPs Paper
How can I become
a part of the Student Editorial Board?
We welcome students who have excellent writing/editorial skills
and have been involved in research for at least one year. Other
requirements include knowledge of the curriculum and requirements
of their discipline or major, good interpretation and communication
skills, superior editing skills, ability to work with the quick
deadlines of the Journal, and open-mindedness. If you
are interested in becoming part of the Board, complete the Student Editorial
Board Application or e-mail UROP Director Said
Shokair about your interest.
How is the Journal distributed?
All volumes of the Journal are available online. In years
that the Journal is printed,
every faculty member at UCI is sent a copy, as well as selected
contacts at other universities and professional organizations.
The Journal is also mailed to the UC
Regents and more than 1,000 high schools and community colleges
For any other questions, please contact the UROP Office.