RURJ Submissions-Now Open!

The official Aresty RURJ is now accepting research journal submissions until October 2nd, 2020 for the issue that will be published in the Spring 2021 semester!

Research conducted at Rutgers University by undergraduate students in any and all academic disciplines are welcome to apply. Please see the following website for more details and specific eligibility and submission requirements:  

If you have any further inquiries, please feel free to reach out to We look forward to reviewing your papers!






1. Current Rutgers (New Brunswick) undergraduates or alumni within 12 months of their graduation date are eligible for submission of research done at Rutgers to the journal. Recent alumni should have begun their research project during their undergraduate years.

2. Only research conducted by Rutgers undergraduates, or recent alumni, at Rutgers research labs are acceptable. Rutgers students who conducted research at non-Rutgers affiliated labs are not eligible for submission. Likewise, non-Rutgers students who conducted research at Rutgers-affiliated labs are not eligible for submission.

3. Priority is given to those who have not previously been accepted to the journal as an author or co-author and/or those who have not previously been listed as an author on a publication. The maximum number of submissions per submission cycle is 1 per person.

4. All subject areas and disciplines are equally eligible for submission to the journal and will be evaluated impartially.

5. If interested in non-traditional submission, inquire further at Senior theses are welcome!




1. Presented research must have original or novel work with strong evidence accompanying all discussed conclusions.

2. Research involving human subjects, including student surveys, must show documentation of IRB approval prior to the start of research.

3. Authors must demonstrate willingness to implement suggested recommendations and revisions of peer and faculty reviewers according to the timeline provided in “Logistics” to be considered for publication. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in rejection of the paper.

4. When submitting a manuscript, authors must also consent by waiver, if accepted, to future publication in the journal. See “Copyright” for details.

5. Submitted manuscripts must be written in English with few typographical or grammatical errors.

6. Authors are to submit a maximum of one paper per submission cycle. Authors who are interested in submitting multiple papers may inquire further.



Manuscripts should average 2,000 words (1,500-3,000). Author should aim to produce writing that can communicate with intelligent non-experts. The intended demographic of our journal is other undergraduate students and prospective Rutgers students. Jargon and technical writing should be explained and manuscript should attempt to provide sufficient background for those not well versed in respective discipline.



1. Submissions should be written in English.

  • Submission must be letter-sized (8.5” x 11”), 12-point font, Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margin.
  • Submissions WITHOUT a significant number of characters or equations that are difficult to format must be a Word document (.doc or .docx).
  • Submissions WITH a significant number of aforesaid characters and/or equations should be typeset in LaTeX as a TeX (.tex) file. If in doubt, inquire further.
  • Relevant figures and tables must be embedded into manuscript with appropriate legends in the following file formats: JPEG, PNG, TIFF. High-resolution figures will be requested upon serious consideration for publication. You may submit in vector file formats and/or RAW file formats upon approval.
  • Manuscripts should have figure descriptions as placeholders for relevant figures as figures themselves will be embedded into manuscript (see 2.3.5.); e.g. “After treatment, cells exhibited an increased incidence of apoptosis (Fig. 2).”
  • As manuscript organization differs among research fields, please model structure and style of submissions on standard manuscripts published in professional journals within your specific field.

 2. Submissions MUST follow either APA or Chicago style depending on the field of research: APA (eg.STEM fields); Chicago (eg. humanities, business, history, and fine arts).

3. Submissions should include one copy of the manuscript with all personal identifiers removed.



Submissions should have the following:

  1. Title Page.
  • An abstract of 150-250 words should be included at the beginning of the research paper and should include the question investigated, the overall purpose of the study, the basic design of the study, the major findings from results, and a conclusion based on the analysis of results.
  • Provide a list of key terms defined in the context of the research.
  1. Introduction. Provide the relevant background of the research subject. Clearly restate the thesis.
  1. Methodology. Discuss protocols used, methods of analysis, and description of appropriate statistical tests. Should be detailed enough that the methods are replicable.
  1. Results. Include results, including contradictory findings, unexpected findings, etc. NEVER INCLUDE RAW DATA: instead, include graphs/charts with a caption.
  1. Discussion. Discuss contradictory findings, highlight failures of the research, and propose areas of potential improvement. Present how the results contribute to recent research advancements and propose suggestions for future research. Restate the initial research question.
  1. References. References and in-text citations are to be in APA or Chicago styles as per the guidelines detailed in “Formatting”.
  1. Acknowledgments. The contributions of others, i.e. contributors other than authors, must be provided.


1. Publications will be on a semester basis; any articles submitted before the semester deadline will be considered for that issue. Submissions must include the form “Code of Conduct”, “Consent”, and “Acknowledgement of Copyright Policy” signed by the undergraduate researcher and their PI/advisor. This needs to be sent directly from the PI/advisor. These forms need to be signed by both the PI/Advisor and the author.

2. Submissions to the journal, if accepted, will be subject to review by undergraduate peers, graduate students, and faculty members at Rutgers University and RWJMS.
- Acceptance for the reviewing process does not guarantee publication in the journal until the paper meets the standard of the journal.

- If accepted, the author should expect initial revisions.
- The author should expect to continue to receive revisions and comments as needed, typically 3-4 rounds of reviews and editing, until the final publication of the manuscript.
- The author must address comments by reviewers within 1 week of receipt.

3.The researcher must provide a biography of 100 to 200 words and contact information for publication use along with the paper submission. This description should briefly discuss a little about the author and the context in which the research was conducted. It is recommended that the researcher also provide a headshot (4" x 5" photo, dimensions of ~1200 x 1500 pixels, PNG/JPEG).


The listed copyright agreements must be read and acknowledged by the signatures of all Authors involved before the manuscript can be reviewed for publication.

1. Both the Author and Mentor involved must be currently enrolled or employed by Rutgers University. The Author may submit their paper within one-year post-graduation.
2. The Author accepts responsibility for the originality of the paper as well as factual and experimental accuracy.

- Any help received from faculty, graduate students, or others in the course of the research will be recognized by citations by the author and in published issues.

- The Work shall contain no material beyond what is permitted by the “Fair Use” clause, e.g. material from other copyrighted works without the consent of the owner of such copyrighted materials. Consent must be obtained by the Author via the “Reproduction Permission Form”

- The Reproduction Permission Form along with the Code Of Conduct needs to be sent directly from the PI/advisor. These forms need to be signed by boththe author and the PI/advisor

- The Author will disclose any financial or other interests related to the submitted work that could affect the author’s objectivity or could influence the perception of the article’s content.

3. The Author hereby grants and assigns to the Publisher the non-exclusive and open rights to publish their work in Rutgers Undergraduate Research Journal (RURJ) granted by an attribution, non-commercial, and share-alike Creative Commons license. This broad license was developed by an international non-profit organization to facilitate open access to, and free use of, original works of all types. This has been adopted by major institutions globally. Applying this standard license to your work will in short:

- Accord you ownership of the copyright; patent and trademarks are not licensed
- Allow you to have a final say in how your work will be published
- Provide strong legal protection to you and those wishing to use your work in a non-commercial fashion; i.e., RURJ will serve as a licensed provider
- State that the licenser does not make any warranties of the said work

Thus, this license ensures your right to make your work freely and openly available. For the full legal terms of the license, please visit:

4. Papers published in RURJ may be published elsewhere; however, it may be necessary to be aware of other journals’ policy regarding exclusive rights.
- Use of the licensed material may still be restricted for other reasons, including because others have copyright or other rights in the material.

- It is also required that the Author keep RURJ informed as to where the paper or a significant part of the paper has been published or may be published.

5. The Author agrees to communicate and work with Editors and Reviewers sincerely and cooperatively in order to revise the article for publication in the RURJ.
- The Author agrees to deliver to RURJ a complete manuscript copy of the Work satisfactory to the Publisher in content, form, and length.

- If the Author should fail to deliver a manuscript that is satisfactory to the RURJ, the Publisher may terminate this agreement by giving written notice to the Author.
- If, when the manuscript is delivered, RURJ determines that it is not satisfactory, the Author shall cooperate with the Publisher in changing the manuscript to make it satisfactory to the Publisher.

- If the manuscript cannot be made satisfactory to the RURJ, RURJ may, at any time within three months after delivery of the manuscript, terminate this agreement by giving written notice to the Author.

6. This agreement may not be revoked without the express written consent of both parties.


  1. Manuscript with identifiers as .docx file

  2. Manuscript without identifiers as .docx file

  3. All figures and pictures embedded into manuscript

  4. Short biography with headshot

  5. Necessary signed forms sent from PI/advisor