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Author Guidelines

Eligibility requirements:

  • Primary author must be a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undergraduate.
  • Submitted manuscript concerns original research.
  • Submitted manuscript cannot be published or undergoing review in another undergraduate research journal.
  • Primary author must be willing to work with JUSWR editors in revising the submission if it is selected or seriously considered for publication.
  • Author(s) must consent to publication if their manuscript is selected for publication.


Manuscript formatting requirements

  • Submission may not exceed 15 pages, including all figures/tables and references. If additional space is needed, please prepare a Supplementary Materials document containing additional accompanying text, figures, and tables.
  • Manuscript should be double spaced with 12 point font and standard margins.
  • Manuscript should be submitted in Word format.
  • Writing should be clear, logical, and free from typographical or grammatical errors.
  • Include a 150-200-word, non-technical summary of the paper for the summary page as well as a 40-60-word summary for the website.


Structure and style

  • Appropriate structure of submissions will vary depending on the research field. The manuscript should use APA style and style and structure to that of typical articles published in professional journals.
  • In general, your submission might include sections for an Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, and Figures/Tables.
  • Supplementary Materials may be submitted along with manuscript.

Figures and tables

  • Figures should be included at the end of the main text or in the Supplementary Information document, if needed.
  • All figures must be appropriately referenced and include legends in text format.
  • Tables should be submitted in text format.
  • For plots and graphs, axes should be clearly marked and legible. Figures should be clearly labeled if applicable.
  • If a manuscript is selected or seriously considered for publication, the editorial staff will request for high resolution figures.


  • Citations should be parenthetical (Author, Year) and embedded within the main text.
  • References should be formatted as follows: Authors (Year). Title. Journal/Book. Volume, Page Numbers.
  • Example: Noctor, S.C., Martinez-Cerdeno, V., Ivic, L., and Kriegstein, A.R. (2004). Cortical neurons arise in symmetric and asymmetric division zones and migrate through specific phases. Nature Neuroscience 7, 136–144.



Rights for authors including copyright statement.

Submitted manuscripts must have not been submitted elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with full knowledge of faculty and research team collaborators. 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.  The purpose of JUSWR is to encourage undergraduate research pursuits and not to hinder the author's ability to publish their work in other relevant journals. After publication in JUSWR, the author reserves the right to present any part of their research in any form in other publications or proceedings. JUSWR reserves the right to reproduce and reprint any materials published for instructional and promotional purposes.

By submitting any material to JUSWR, you agree that your work is original, unless otherwise specifically acknowledged.  See agreement.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Open Access

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that greater dissemination of research benefits the authors and that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Copyright statement

To properly administer the Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research, the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), and to preserve the contents for future use, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois on behalf of its Urbana-Champaign campus (the "University") requires certain permissions and warrants from you, the author(s) and/or copyright owner. If you are the copyright owner, by accepting this license, you still retain copyright to your work and do not give up the right to submit the work to publishers or other repositories. If you are not the copyright owner, you represent that the copyright owner has given you permission to deposit the work.

By accepting (clicking through) this license, you grant to the University the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate (as described below), and distribute the submission, including the descriptive information (metadata) and abstract, in any format or medium worldwide and royalty-free, including, but not limited to, publication over the Internet, except as provided for by an addendum to this agreement.

When provided, the University will clearly identify your name(s) as the author(s) or copyright owner(s) of the submission as well as the name(s) of the copyright owner(s) if different from your name(s), include a statement of your copyright, and will not make any alteration, other than as allowed by this license, to your submission.

You agree that the University may translate the submission to any medium or format for the purposes of security, back-up, and preservation. You agree that the University may make multiple copies of the submission for the purposes of security, back-up, and preservation.

If you cannot make all of the following representations, then you shall contact the Undergraduate Journals Coordinator (Merinda Kaye Hensley at or IDEALS or 217-244-1331) before proceeding further. In order to make this submission, you represent that:

  1. You have the right to grant the rights contained in the license.
  2. This submission does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe on anyone's copyright or other intellectual property rights.
  3. If the submission does contain material for which you do not hold copyright and that exceeds fair use, you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant the University the rights required by this license and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission.
  4. The submission does not contain any confidential information, proprietary information of others or export controlled information.
  5. There are not any restrictions or required publication delays on the distribution of the submission by the University.
  6. The information you provide about the submission is accurate.

You understand that if copyright terms for, or ownership of, the submission change, it is your responsibility to notify the University of these changes.

If the submission is based upon work that has been sponsored or supported by an agency or organization other than the University, you must fulfill any right of review or other obligations required by the contract or agreement with such an agency or organization before depositing into IDEALS.

By accepting this license, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the terms of this agreement and all related IDEALS and University policies.

In other words:

  • You retain your copyright.
  • You grant to the University the following rights that are necessary to publish and preserve your work:
    • The right to reproduce your work;
    • The right to distribute your work; and
    • The right to migrate your work to different formats for the purpose of long term preservation and access.
    • You can publish your article under a Creative Commons license if you choose. See
    • If you publish under a Creative Commons license, the University will publish your work under the rights given under the license.


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