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Participation Requirements

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Participation Requirements


Articles submitted to the Journal must be original work written by currently enrolled undergraduate students at UCR, who are involved in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, and/or creative activity.

All articles must be approved by the student researcher's faculty mentor(s) for submission to be complete. Once the student has submitted the article online, each faculty mentor will receive notification via email.  The faculty mentor will then have the option to approve, hold the article for edits, or not approve.  (It is highly recommended that students acquire verbal approval from their mentor(s) before they submit online.) The student will be notified of the mentor's action and is responsible for following up with the mentor if the article was not approved.  Only those submissions approved by faculty mentors will move forward to the editorial evaluation process. 

If appropriate, research must have approval from institutional oversight boards or committees.

Articles must conform to the requirements presented in Paper Guidelines.  Failure to follow the guidelines may result in the submission being rejected.

The UCR Undergraduate Research Journal (UGRJ) is considered a campus journal.  The Journal is housed in the Rivera Library Special Collections and can be found in the UCR Library Scotty Catalog.  The submission of a paper to the UGRJ does not exclude the possibility of submitting similar work to an external journal, unless the external journal's submission or publication restrictions prohibit it.  The UGRJ will allow students to submit similar papers to those submitted to external journals (e.g. subset of work, project summary with unrefined data, etc.).

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The Journal Editorial Team invites original art submissions for the Journal Cover.  Authors and non-authors are encouraged to submit images that represent their research/creative work.  Images will be selected on a competitive basis based on creativity and/or relevance to research, scholarly, or creative activity. The image must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate, or otherwise use any content, material, or element that is owned by a third party or that violates a third party’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the law of copyright or trademarks.

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Artwork criteria

  • It must be your own artwork.
  • It must be unpublished (unless being used in the Journal).
  • No less than 300 dpi set at their required size in: Photoshop, InDesign, or high resolution PDF, CMYK color setup.
  • The preferred size is 8.75" x 11.25".
  • You are allowed to submit up to 3 images.
  • You must provide a description of no more than 80 Words.

Each entry will be judged by a panel consisting of the Faculty Editorial Board Chair, the Editor-In-Chief, the Associate Editors-In-Chief, and the Copy Editors.  The top 3-5 covers will be voted on by the entire Editorial Team, including the Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Editorial Board.  The winning design will be used on the cover of the Journal, which will also include a half-page about the winner and his or her work. The winner will receive five printed copies of the Journal featuring their design.  The winner will be recognized at the Journal Unveiling Ceremony.

The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry is deemed fitting. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be had in relation to their decisions or the competition.

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