Journal of Undergrad Research
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SWOSU JUR welcomes submissions from all academic disciplines. Submissions must account for research conducted while the author was either an undergraduate or graduate student at SWOSU. Articles should be written for a broad audience and follow an organizational structure that maximizes clarity. Submissions should avoid discipline-specific terminology, and focus instead on communicating the essence of the research to unfamiliar readers.
Statement on Copyright
SWOSU JUR does not retain copyright over published material and allows alternative publication in professional journals. However, students should verify that their submissions do not conflict with the policies of journals to which they might submit. Students must also gain consent from the faculty member who directed the project to ensure that the submission does not violate copyright restrictions. An additional consent form is required to publish accepted articles electronically. In submitting an article, the author understands that the SWOSU JUR is hereby granted permission to retain printed and/or electronic copies of his or her article in its entirety, and the original publication information is maintained with the article.
The Review Process
Upon receipt of a complete submission, a Managing Editor will direct the paper through a double blind review process in order to maintain academic integrity and validity.
Reviewers will evaluate the submission on the basis of originality, relevance, thoroughness, and readability.
Editors will make selections based on the recommendations of the reviewers.
Submissions will be “Accepted,” “Provisionally Accepted, after Revision,” or “Declined.”
Confidential and anonymous reviewer comments will be sent to the author for editing and revision purposes.
All submissions must include the following:
- Student Researcher Cover Sheet
- Faculty Mentor Form
- Article Information (title, coauthors, and subject area)
- Main Document (title page, abstract, and article) and figures
- Bibliography (inserted as the last section in the main document)
All papers, regardless of the field of study, should meet the following criteria:
- The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multidisciplinary audience.
- The research described is original and relevant to the author’s field.
- The project is well designed and executed.
- Results, when included, are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
- Conclusions and analyses are logically supported through results and citations.
- Supporting materials—illustrations, graphs and notes—reinforce the descriptions and claims made in the article.
- The submission is well written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
- The submission is free from spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.
- Avoid wordiness and awkward phrasing that slows reading and impedes understanding.
- Use the accepted terminology of the field to describe any materials, subjects, or experimental procedures. Ensure that discipline-specific jargon is defined.
- State the results clearly and succinctly. Thoroughly discuss, interpret, and analyze the implications of the findings, noting any unexpected results.
- Provide a conclusion that restates the questions, results, and significance of the research both broadly and specifically to enlighten readers regardless of their background in the field.
- Use headings and subheadings appropriately to aid readers’ understanding of the article.
- Reference clearly all charts, graphs, and photos in the text of the article, ensuring that such supplemental material reinforces the descriptions and claims made in the article.
- Eliminate redundancies, especially those regarding the project’s methodology.
- Order your ideas/sections so as to promote understanding and readability.
All articles must contain full in-text referencing with the complete references listed at the end of the paper. All resources—people, journals, pamphlets, etc.—must be referenced in the Bibliography list. You should use a citation and formatting style appropriate to your field; please make sure your citations are consistent with one chosen citation style throughout your text.
- Word Count
- No more than 5,000 words—excluding figures, captions, and Bibliography
- Page Count
- 13 pages maximum—including figures, captions, and Bibliography
- One inch (1″) on all sides
- 12-point Times New Roman
- Line Spacing
- Page Numbers
- Number all pages centered on the bottom of the page.
- Number and title all figures, including graphs, drawings, charts, and photos. These figures should be submitted as pdf files separate from the article text. Place captions for figures in the Word document below where the figures should appear in the written text. Figures must be high resolution (at least 350 DPI).
- Number and title all tables. These tables should be submitted as pdf files separate from the article text. Place table captions above the tables in the pdf files.
- Number all equations in parentheses to the right of the equations.
- Citations & Notes
- Use a citation format appropriate to your discipline for in-text citations and Bibliography lists. Please follow the formatting conventions of your chosen citation style when using footnotes or endnotes in your text.
All articles must include a Title Page, an Abstract, Acknowledgements (when appropriate), and Bibliography sections, in addition to the manuscript body. The following describes these sections of the article.
The title page must include the following:
- Paper title
- Student name(s) and SWOSU ID number(s)
- Professor(s) or mentor(s) who supervised the project and his/her/their department(s)
Abstracts are generally formatted as follows:
- The problem to be investigated. One to two sentences that state why the project was undertaken.
- The purpose of the study. One to two sentences that outline the nature of the project and how it differs from other similar projects.
- The methods. One to two sentences that briefly summarize the important methods used to perform the research.
- The major results. One to two sentences that summarize the major results – not necessarily all the results – of the project.
- The interpretation. One to two sentences that summarize your interpretation of the results.
- The implications: One sentence that summarizes the meaning of your interpretation – the importance of the results.
Organize the body of the paper carefully. The following lists are suggested sections to include in your article based on the conventions found in a number of disciplines, but you may choose to use a different organizational method depending on your topic and field.
- Materials and Methods
Textual Analysis- or Discussion-Driven Articles
- Body (you may use subheadings where appropriate)
Thank the people and organizations that have supported the project and acknowledge funding sources where applicable.
You should use a citation and formatting style appropriate to your field; please make sure your citations are consistent with one chosen citation style throughout your text. We advise discussing citation conventions with your faculty advisor as you prepare the text for submission.