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Publication Guidelines


The UDJS publishes material that falls under 6 sections of the hard and soft sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, and Psychology. While the final decision on what falls into these categories lies with the editors, publishable material in these fields is certainly not restricted to scientific theses. Below are some example topics which are scientific enough to warrant publication in UDJS:

      - a review of the history of topology
      - a chemical explanation of the role of glaze in hardening ceramics
      - current trends in economic theory
      - news concerning UD science undergraduates
      - discussion of an area in need of further research
      - advice on how to obtain summer research

All pieces must have in-text citations and references in the Science style for Papers, Abstracts, and Posters, as described here:

UDJS claims first electronic rights to all pieces accepted for publication, as well as first serial rights to all articles accepted for the print edition. In laymans terms, this means the submitted piece must be unpublished, but all rights revert back to the author upon publication through UDJS. If the article is submitted for publication elsewhere after publication through UDJS, we request that UDJS be mentioned as the original publisher. Again, UDJS does not accept previously published work.


Articles: News articles and commentaries should have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Please keep sentences concise. Authors have more freedom in the style of conclusion chosen, but please make it relevant to the type of article being written. Write for an intelligent undergraduate audience which may not be familiar with your subject. Explain and/or define key terms when necessary. Please include an image in the submission.
Length: maximum 3 pages

Abstract: Abstracts communicate contents of scientific reports. They are typically restricted to one or two paragraphs, preferably 300 words or less. They provide a summary of your research project which can help other researchers determine whether your work is relevant to their own research. Abstracts include 1-2 sentences on the purpose, methods, results, conclusions, and future directions of the authors research. One relevant image may be included in the submission.

Paper: Scientific papers include the following components: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. Please include relevant images and diagrams in submission.
Length: 2-5 pages. It can also be published with a link to a PDF of the entire paper and/or with a link to supplemental figures.
Sample: Note that the summary here is the same as an abstract.

Poster: A poster represents the research you have done in a visual way. It includes the following components: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. It is analogous to a condensed, heavily illustrated scientific paper.
Sample with further tips:

***Please Note: Any work done in collaboration with a professor must have written consent from that professor for publication. If you are seeking publication elsewhere, please confirm that publication in the UDJS will not prohibit other publication endeavors.


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