Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research is an Open Access journal. This means that it uses a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Readers may freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles. This journal is covered under the CC BY-NC-ND license.

Who Can Submit?

Any current or just graduated Purdue University undergraduate or professional student engaged in one of the research internship programs conducted at the university may submit a proposal for an original article to be considered for publication in the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article.

Purdue students from any of the campuses (including IUPUI) may also submit work that results from a faculty-mentored research project conducted on a more informal basis (i.e., not in one of the main research internship programs). Research takes different forms in different disciplines. However, irrespective of the subject of study, the Faculty Advisory Board is looking for authors who clearly situate themselves in a field and both make an intervention in it and clearly articulate the nature of that intervention, ideally in a way that will convince an educated lay audience of the importance and interest of the research described.

The submitted proposal will be reviewed by experts in the discipline and in scholarly writing, as well as the Faculty Advisory Board. Selected student authors will be contacted with an invitation to submit a full article or a research snapshot. If a student is selected to publish a snapshot, they are not barred from submitting a full article in the future with JPUR.

This journal does not require author processing charges or other publication fees.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles that represent research which may be forthcoming in another journal or book (print or electronic) are welcome. However, it is important that work submitted to JPUR takes a different approach to the subject matter so that no author inadvertently plagiarizes him- or herself or reveals substantive research results intended for publication in a disciplinary journal. Student authors should check with their research supervisors before submitting proposals. If invited to submit an article, students will be asked to submit a signed approval for publication from their research supervisors. If you have concerns about the submission terms for the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research, please contact the Journal Coordinator at jpur@purdue.edu.

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Formatting Requirements

Guidance about the format of the submitted proposal is provided during the submission process. Before submitting the proposal file, authors will need to enter the necessary related items: (1) proposed article title, (2) keywords for proposal, (3) academic discipline that best describes the submission, (4) academic standing, (5) total number of semesters the author has researched the topic, (6) name and contact information of faculty advisor, and (7) preference of publication type (article, snapshot, no preference).

Finally, authors will submit their proposal. The proposal should introduce the subject of the research and the contribution it makes to the wider world of knowledge.

Authors whose proposals are invited for final submission will be expected to prepare their article or snapshot according to the style guidelines usual in their respective fields of study. Faculty advisors will be able to help, but any questions about appropriate styles can also be addressed to the Journal Coordinator. You can also find useful guidance at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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Full Article vs. Research Snapshot

The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research offers two opportunities for publication: full articles and research snapshots. To understand the difference between the two publication opportunities that undergraduate students have with JPUR, we have provided details about each below.

We discuss the differences between the article and snapshot for student authors to see the realm of opportunities for publication in JPUR. Although a student author may have a preference for either the article or the snapshot, the process for submitting a proposal for either is identical. Student authors will submit their proposal at www.jpur.org and can indicate their preference between the two options. The Faculty Advisory Board will make the final decision between a full article or a research snapshot for accepted submissions.

Full articles are 2,500-3,500 words in length with a minimum of five images/diagrams. The word count does not include references in the reference list, but authors are asked to only include materials in the reference list that are directly cited in the article. Invitations for full articles are typically for completed research that has clear results, analysis, and a conclusion, but is also compelling. There are five main sections to include in these articles: abstract, introduction, methodology, results, and conclusion.

Research Snapshots are 250 words in length and model the abstract submitted in the proposal. There will be a currently undetermined number of images/diagrams to be submitted with the final version of the draft. Invitations for research snapshots are typically for research that is currently in progress, published elsewhere, or for projects that cannot be developed into a full article. There are six main sections to include in these snapshots: importance of the problem, unknown, experimental/methodological approach, data collected, results and analysis, and conclusions. If a student is selected to publish a snapshot, they are not barred from submitting a full article in the future with JPUR.

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Rights for Authors

Authors retain copyright in their articles. We ask merely that they license to JPUR the nonexclusive worldwide right to publish the article in print and electronic form.

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Authors must guarantee that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home.

Any manuscripts that do not meet originality requirements will be rejected without peer review.

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.

All manuscripts submitted for peer review are kept strictly confidential by editors and reviewers. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the consent of the authors.

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