1. The primary author of
a submitted paper must be an undergraduate student. Papers from graduate
students will be accepted only if the work was completed as an undergraduate
student. Additional authors other than the primary author may include other
undergraduate students and the faculty mentor or supervisor.
2. Only original papers (not
published or accepted for publication elsewhere) will be accepted. (Oral or
poster presentations with printed abstracts do not count as published papers.)
If you intend to publish elsewhere, be sure to prevent possible copyright
3. Manuscripts may be 1000 - 3500
words or longer if approved by the Editor.
4. All papers must be prepared
according to the guidelines for authors for the discipline represented.
For example, Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association (6th ed.). The manual can be found in your library, or see the
APA Web site, www.apastyle.org,
for information about ordering. The guidelines are summarized in
Link to URC APA Guidelines for
Link to Purdue University APA Guidelines for Author
to University of Washington AMA Style Guide - AMA Manual of Style,
9th ed., 1998.
Purdue University MLA Formatting and Style
5. If human subjects are used, a
statement must be included to indicate institutional Internal Review Board
(IRB) approval of the research.
6. Copyright statement: All rights
reserved by the Undergraduate Research Community.
7. What to submit:
a. An e-mail attachment of the
complete paper. Verify that the
file is virus-free. The following PC formats are acceptable: Microsoft Word,
WordPerfect, or Rich Text Format.
b. Cover page including name,
mailing address, telephone, e-mail address, a short biographical sketch, and
c. Keywords (5-8) on the
cover page. The main purpose of keywords is to enable successful searching in a
database for the main message of your paper. When selecting keywords always
think about how any reader might interrogate the database.
d. Short abstract (2-4
e. Camera-ready graphics and
photographs, PowerPoint files, or .jpg graphic files are welcome.
f. A sponsoring statement from the
faculty supervisor who attests: (a) that the supervisor has read and critiqued
the manuscript and (b) that the planning, execution, and writing of the
manuscript represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student(s).