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UCF Undergraduate Research Journal FAQ

  • Why should I publish in the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal?
  • Publishing your research in a peer-reviewed journal demonstrates your expertise in your field of study. It is the most effective way of establishing your academic profile. Furthermore, publishing in the UCF URJ attests to your research skills for many important audiences, including peers, professors, and graduate schools.

  • What is a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Peer-reviewed journals publish only articles that have been carefully vetted by respected experts in the field. As such, peer-reviewed journals establish high expectations for the originality, the relevance, and the quality of the research they publish. The UCF URJ conducts blind peer-reviews, which means manuscripts are reviewed anonymously, thus assuring the objectivity of the process.

  • What is the role of faculty mentors in the publication process?
  • All students submitting to the UCF URJ must work with a faculty mentor. Faculty mentors, in effect, provide the first round of review for the UCF URJ, as their approval of your research is essential for proceeding further with the peer-review process.

  • What is the range of subjects that the UCF URJ covers?
  • The UCF URJ publishes research projects in all fields of study covered at the University of Central Florida. If a faculty member works in the discipline at UCF, you can publish your research in it in the UCF URJ. While the UCF URJ does not publish creative work such as poems, plays, short stories, and artworks, we do publish scholarly research that assisted in the creation of these works. Students interested in publishing their creative works should consult UCF's literary arts magazine, Cypress Dome: http://www.facebook.com/cypressdome.

  • How long should my research article be?
  • Research articles published in the UCF URJ typically run between 3500 and 5000 words; however, there is no minimum or maximum word count. Some fields of study favor shorter research projects, while others favor longer ones. When consulting with your faculty mentor, determine what the appropriate length is for the research you are conducting.

  • What if I have a question about formatting?
  • You should consult the UCF URJ Style Guide on our website, www.urj.ucf.edu, under the Submissions tab. Citation and documentation should follow the appropriate style manual—most commonly, MLA, APA, or Chicago—for your discipline. If you have questions not addressed in this guide, please contact us at urj@ucf.edu.

  • What if I recently graduated from UCF but would like to submit a manuscript about my undergraduate research?
  • Recent graduates are encouraged to submit to the journal up to six months after graduation. Please be advised that your manuscript would still require a current UCF faculty mentor.

  • How long does the publication process take?
  • The journal averages a publication turnaround time of nine to twelve months after submission, which extends from the initial submission of the manuscript until it is published in our online and pdf editions. This timeline is contingent upon such factors as the manuscript's review time, whether it is accepted for publication during the first round of reviews, and the time after a publication decision is returned during which a researcher revises his/her manuscript for publication.

  • What if I have questions that were not answered by this FAQ?
  • Questions related specifically about your research project should be directed to your faculty mentor. Questions related to publishing in the UCF URJ can be sent to urj@ucf.edu. Appointments are also available with the Editor or Associate Editor, and can be scheduled via email.