Submission Guidelines

Eligibility

The Princeton Undergraduate Research Journal welcomes submissions from all disciplines, including the natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, engineering, and arts. In addition to seeking traditional manuscript submissions, the journal also welcomes work from the creative disciplines such as the visual arts, creative writing, and performance arts, as well as non-traditional presentations, including, but not limited to, as ethnographies, documentaries, and raw field notes.

Primary authors must be current, full-time undergraduate students enrolled at Princeton University or recent graduates of Princeton University submitting work within one year of completion of their undergraduate degree. Submitted work may originate from research conducted at Princeton, or other institutions. The journal also encourages submissions originating in junior independent or senior thesis research.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Prospective contributors should consider the following guidelines and criteria for submitted manuscripts:

  • Submitted manuscripts should be written in English with few typographical or grammatical errors.
  • Presented research should include original or novel work with strong evidence accompanying any discussed conclusions.
  • Manuscript length is encouraged to not exceed 7,000 words.
  • Research involving human subjects, including student surveys, must have IRB approval prior to beginning work. Typically, research conducted in association with Princeton University or a similar institution satisfies these requirements.

Additionally, primary authors must be willing to implement suggested recommendations and revisions of peer and faculty reviewers to be considered for publication. By submitting a manuscript, authors consent to future publication in the journal.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts should adhere to the following formatting guidelines:

  • Manuscripts without a significant number of mathematical expressions must be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Manuscripts with a significant number of mathematical equations, especially from disciplines such as physics, mathematics, or computer science, should be typeset in LaTeX. Submitted documents should include:
    • LaTeX-generated PDF document
    • Original TeX (.tex) file
    • Word document (.doc or .docx) of text excluding out-of-line math equations.
  • Figures must be submitted individually and separate from the written manuscript in JPEG or PNG format. Figures should not be submitted in a PDF format. Relevant figures are encouraged and must be appropriately referenced in the text. High resolution figures will be requested upon serious consideration for publication.
    • e.g. After treatment, cells exhibited an increased incidence of apoptosis (Fig. 2).
  • Captions should accompany all figures and be included at the end of the submitted manuscript file. Additional notes on the suggested placement of figures is encouraged.
  • An approximately 150-250 word abstract and a 100-150 word non-technical summary should accompany the submitted manuscript.
  • All written work submitted in Word (.doc or docx) format should be double-spaced with 1” margins in a standard 12-point font such as Times New Roman.

As manuscript organization differs between research fields, please model structure and style of submissions on standard manuscripts published in professional journals in your specific field.

References

Given the wide scope of our submissions, authors may choose between Nature-style and Chicago-style citation, considering the discipline of their research.

Nature-style is recommended for natural, formal, and social science disciplines:

Recently, the controlled folding of a long single DNA strand into an octahedron was reported, an approach that may be thought of as “single-stranded DNA origami.”[1]

1. Shih, W. M., Quispe, J. D. & Joyce, G. F. A 1.7-kilobase single-stranded DNA that folds into a nanoscale octahedron. Nature 427, 618–621 (2004).

Chicago-style is recommended work in humanities disciplines:

Castor claims, “York’s situation was now extremely perilous.”[1]

1. Helen Castor, Blood and Roses: One Family’s Struggle and Triumph During the Tumultuous Wars of the Roses (New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2006), 97.

All citations should be referenced through numbering as modelled above or in-text with reference to the source’s author.

Non-Traditional Research

The journal hopes to accommodate non-traditional research, including work in the creative arts or of forms sufficiently distinct from the academic manuscript.

While the journal does not provide specific guidelines for the consideration of non-traditional submissions, it is important to emphasize that both a multidisciplinary nature and a readership accessibility are important to the publication. Prospective contributors may find guidance in consulting published creative work of past issues.

Primary authors may submit in any appropriate form, including, but not limited to, image files (PNG or JPEG), video files, or text files in Word format (.doc or .docx). Prospective contributors with particularly large file sizes should contact purj@princeton.edu for further guidance on submission.

If it enhances accessibility or clarity, authors may submit an accompanying description or analysis for inclusion with the submitted non-traditional piece.

Questions on general guidelines, formatting, or referencing should be directed to purj@princeton.edu.