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Undergraduate Research Journals at Illinois

The University Library hosts undergraduate research journals for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. 

If your department is interested in setting up an undergraduate research journal, please contact Merinda Kaye Hensley, Research Programs Liaison and Instruction Librarian, 


  • Brain Matters

    Brain Matters is a student-run, university-published journal created by the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society (UNS) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The journal accepts papers and articles from undergraduates ranging across a diverse breadth of biological, psychological, and neurological topics, with special emphasis placed on the latter two. Written papers and articles are accepted for publication once the author has fulfilled the journal’s guidelines. Brain Matters strives to promote a neuroscience dialogue on campus, to compensate for the lack of a neuroscience major, as well as student networking and student research initiative.

  • Equinox

    Equinox is the literary and arts magazine that is exclusive to the Campus Honors Program of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was created, organized, and published by Campus Honors Program students.The mission of Equinox is to share the artistic and creative talents of Campus Honors Program members. Its name, borrowed from astronomy, reflects this mission: the vernal and autumnal equinoxes are days of the year when day and night are seen equally. The duality of day and night reflects the balance between academic and artistic achievement among Campus Honors Program scholars.

  • Illini Journal Of International Security

    The Illini Journal of International Security (IJOIS) is a peer-reviewed undergraduate academic journal that is comprised of exceptional undergraduate and graduate papers on topics related to international security or foreign affairs. IJOIS is published biannually through the Program of Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) and the University Library. IJOIS employs a cross-disciplinary approach and accepts papers from students studying the social sciences, STEM fields, business and the humanities that analyze international security issues from innovative perspectives.

  • Lady Justice Journal

    Lady Justice Journal at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign serves as a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal for political science. The journal accepts research papers, literature reviews, law/court reviews, creative pieces, and op-eds from undergraduates at any institution. Coursework and theses relating to political science are welcome, provided that they are original work and not published elsewhere. Submissions, if accepted, will go through a two-round peer-review process before publication in biannual issues. Lady Justice Journal aims to expand and encourage scholarly discussion about political science for undergraduates, serving as a base of support for work to be published. The intended readership for this journal is undergraduate students, faculty, alumni, and prospective students.

  • Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative

    Peer Review is an open-access, digital journal that publishes research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates who participate in EUI-affiliated courses or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university in a meaningful way.
  • Undergraduate History Journal at Illinois

    The Undergraduate History Journal at Illinois was established in 2021 to give Illinois undergraduate students the chance to publish original historical research. Paper submissions from all disciplines are encouraged, with the stipulation that they must have a historical focus and line of inquiry. The journal also accepts honors theses and coursework, provided the materials are original work and not published elsewhere. Papers go through a peer review process where undergraduate students with experience with the subject matter have the opportunity to review and edit the original work. This journal aims to foster academic growth and a collaborative intellectual community at the University of Illinois, and support undergraduate students in their original work and research. The anticipated audience for this journal is comprised of undergraduate students at any institution, faculty, alumni, and prospective students.

  • i-ACES

    i-ACES (inquiry-ACES) is a premier undergraduate research journal founded by the Academy of Teaching Excellence in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois aimed to advance undergraduate research.

  • Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work's annual publication, Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR), showcases peer-reviewed undergraduate research from social work and related disciplines that contribute to the advancement of social and economic justice.

  • Re:Search, The Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Re:Search: The Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at UIUC is an undergraduate produced, peer-reviewed online journal designed to annually publish works exclusively by undergraduate students. It seeks to create a venue for undergraduate students to showcase and publish literary criticism within a greater academic discourse while nurturing a collaborative community between faculty, administration, and undergraduate students.

  • TRiO- McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal

    The TRiO McNair Scholars Undergraduate Research Journal is the official publication of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The journal includes abstracts of the students’ final paper and represents combined efforts of students and their research mentors. The views expressed in the papers and abstracts are not intended to represent the views, beliefs, interests, values, or practices of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.