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1. Do you accept submissions with no mentors and only one student author? My research was done independently.

While you do not need a formal mentor who supervised your independent work, you must have a professional in your field who will vouch that your submission is worthy of faculty-level peer review in a national-level journal. You can talk to any professor in your university in your field and ask if what you wrote is of publishable quality; he or she does not need to become a co-author of your publication. That person needs to write a note expressing support for your manuscript review and potential publication at AJUR to editor@ajuronline.org.

2. I wanted to make sure my article would still be considered after I received my degree (which was a year ago). All of the research I intend on presenting in my article was conducted while I was undergraduate.

No problem, you may submit.

3. Do you publish literature reviews?

Yes; however, very few to date have made it through the review process. As per guidelines at http://www.ajuronline.org/submissions/, “We accept new work in all fields and reviews/interpretations in creative fields if they demonstrate sufficient novelty & contribution to the field,” which is somewhat demanding. That is why you need someone who knows your field well, to help you and to tell you if maybe you “invented a bicycle.” Such validation step in the submission procedure helps us avoid receiving low-quality submissions.

4. I am a high-school student who performed research with a Professor Y at X university. May I submit my article to AJUR?

Sorry, no. There are many other venues for such manuscripts, such as http://nhsjs.com

5. May I submit my theses to AJUR?

You should rework your theses to be a typical paper in your field, then submit.

6. What is your confidentiality policy?

Editors and reviewers are instructed to not personally use or share manuscript’s’ data and ideas with anyone.

7. What should I do to proof-check my article?

Make sure you check most updated requirements on our website. Pay particular attention to authors’ names and contact information, the paper’s scientific context, text, grammar, punctuation, spacing, alignment, formatting, figures, formulas, tables, symbols, and please check references one more time. Please work with all authors and mentors and then send us one finalized document.

8. What is AJUR’s ranking?

We have no formal ranking. We have a significant impact on students’ careers:

http://www.ajuronline.org/uploads/Volume%2012/Issue_2/AJURVol12Issue2Jan2015pp04editorial.pdf

9. What is AJUR’s impact factor?

American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR) is a national, independent, peer-reviewed, open-source, quarterly, multidisciplinary student research journal indexed by EBSCO. Our print ISSN is 1536-4585, and our web ISSN is 2375-8732. Our acceptance rate is 22%. We do not keep electronic access numbers. The print count is low. It is done for the library, donors, and authors only. Papers are typically of an advanced undergraduate level; as such, they demonstrate high-quality student work and the professor’s engagement with students and ability and willingness to take students’ work to the level of being published in a professional peer-reviewed national journal. Such a publication is definitely worth more than a poster or an oral presentation. It is also entirely possible that publication in AJUR is at a level equal to that published in the narrow professional field journal. However, it depends on the field and the paper itself- we are a journal of undergrad publications after all. On the other hand, we are a leading undergraduate journal nationwide.

10. The results section of my article has several sections and subsections created for clarity. Upon reading the instructions I only found one level of subsections (italicized and mixed case flush left). What would you suggest for the next two levels of subsections of my paper? Without more levels, I believe the clarity of the results of my study would be compromised.

In this case, you may number all sections in the body of the paper, Intro as 1. INTRODUCTION, etc., and for results, 2. RESULTS, 2.1 Subsection Title, 2.1.1 Subsubsection Title, etc. Please do not number ABSTRACT or any sections following CONCLUSIONS.

11. My article also has two sections, “Future Studies” and “Limitations” that are not outlined in the instructions. Are these acceptable to include in the article, or should they be incorporated into other sections?

You may list them in RESULTS as subsections or list them as separate sections. Please note that future studies are most often included after conclusions in the CONCLUSIONS section. We are a bit flexible about these two sections since some papers have them and some not.

12. Can I order several formal printed copies of the journal as gifts to my mentors, family, and friends?

It costs us about $20 per journal copy to print & deliver it to you. We will gladly provide you as our published author with a single copy for free, as a gift from AJUR’s sponsors. If you are willing to pay $20/item for additional copies of the journal, then we can help with that too. The easiest thing for you to do is to personally print several double-sided color copies of your article for your gifts.

13. May I use footnotes?

Yes. Please use capital letters instead of numbers to list them. In the text, these letters should be bolded and supercripted. A footnote could be placed at the bottom of the page; if many footnotes are used, please list them all in separate section after acknowledgements’ section.

14. Students in my class often write excellent papers. Can they submit them to AJUR?

Anyone can submit a paper to AJUR: the content is often worked on by students for months, written by undergrads, carefully edited and genuinely supported by their mentors- specialists in a given field, and professionally peer-reviewed by faculty in that field, formally edited for publication, and taken through the layout process, then internationally indexed, placed on the web, and also printed. We spend over 20 hours of faculty work on each paper- please respect that volunteering effort for the sake of undergraduates having a real opportunity to publish at the national level. As you may expect, unfortunately, we do not have resources to “grade” class papers. Please carefully review a couple of recent issues of AJUR so that you and your students understand better what AJUR is and what level of work we publish. I want to emphasize though that high-quality submissions in your field with the proper use of that field’s methodology are very welcome- it does not matter if they were produced as a result of a class work as long as they are worthy of being published in a national peer-reviewed journal.

15. I am a graduate student at University of Z right now. May I submit a manuscript for your consideration?

If this work was done by you at your undergraduate institution previously or if undergraduate students have an important role in your work at your current institution, then you may. If you want to publish work done by you as a graduate student, you should look for an alternative venue. The AJUR is a journal for undergraduate publications.

16. I am a foreign national. Can I submit? Is there a page limit or any cost associated with a potential publication? What is the deadline for submission?

You may submit. There are no costs, page limits, or deadlines. Please see submission guidelines at http://www.ajuronline.org/submissions/ one more time.

Hope this helps. If your question is not answered above, please e-mail the editor of AJUR at  editor@ajuronline.org