- Who can submit to the Journal?
- Can I have a co-author?
- What is the Journal publication
- Can I request an extension on the deadline
to submit my paper?
- What is the review and selection process
for the Journal?
- What are the selection criteria for the papers?
- How will I know if my paper has been
selected for the Journal?
- What subjects and how many papers
do you publish each year in the Journal?
- What kind of format is required
for the Journal?
- My faculty mentor has not read my paper.
Should I submit it anyway?
- I don't know how to cite sources. Where
can I go for help?
- My project involves the use of human
or animal subjects. What should I do?
- Do I need to respond to the biographical
questions and turn in a picture with my application?
- Can I make revisions to my paper
after I submit it?
- Can I also submit my paper to other
- I am in the Biological Sciences
Excellence in Research Program. Can I participate in UROP's programs?
- How can I be a part of the Student
- Where do the hard copies of the
Journal get distributed?
Who can submit to the Journal?
Any UCI undergraduate who has concluded a research project or creative
activity at any time between two consecutive Spring Quarters.
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 publication
The submission deadline for papers is typically at the end of June, and
it is published once a year, during the Fall Quarter. For Volume VI,
the deadline is June 30, 2003.
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 your paper, send e-mail to Said
Shokair, UROP Director, explaining your situation.
What is the review and selection
process for the Journal?
Initially, the UROP Student Editorial Board reviews each submission and
recommends papers to the UROP Faculty Advisory Board, who makes the final
selection. The Student Editorial Board and the UROP Publication Assistants
thoroughly edit each paper that is chosen 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 sent for printing.
What are the selection criteria for the papers?
We want to see the following:
- A well-written paper
- Clarity of the significance and purpose of research for a multi-disciplinary
- Well-developed research design and methodology
- Thoughtfully interpreted and analyzed results
- Excellent utilization 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?
Late in the Fall Quarter, you and your faculty mentor will receive a
letter about your 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 publish—decisions are based on quality only.
If all the papers submitted are excellent, we will publish them all;
likewise if all the papers are poor, the Journal won’t 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 eight to 10 papers.
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 1” on
all sides. Place the page number at the bottom center of every page.
Consult the Paper Submission Guidelines for more in-depth information
regarding what sections your paper should have 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. All papers that are submitted are to be read by faculty mentors prior to
submission. A faculty mentor’s approval is extremely important and may
chance of being published.
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 prior to starting
your project. You must provide the number approving this study. If you
do not have this approval, your paper will not be considered for possible
publication. For more information visit the UCI Office of Research & Graduate
Studies’ Web site at www.rgs.uci.edu.
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)
with a light background of publishable quality that we can scan. Alternatively,
you can submit a scanned photo of yourself if it meets the graphics requirements
outlined in the Paper
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 being published.
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 UROP's programs?
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 UROP’s Paper
How can I be 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
Editoral Board Application or e-mail Said
Shokair, UROP Director, about
Where do the hard copies
of the Journal get distributed?
Every faculty member at UCI is sent a copy of the Journal, 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 throughout California. In addition to the hard copies, it is available
online at this Web site to view, along with previous volumes.
For any other questions, please contact the UROP