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CUR Quarterly Submission Guidelines

General Criteria -

The CUR Quarterly publishes articles relating to all aspects of undergraduate research that are of interest to a broad readership. Articles regarding the effects of the research experience on the development and subsequent endeavors of students, and how to initiate, support, or sustain undergraduate research programs are appropriate for this journal. The CUR Quarterly is not the appropriate venue for publishing results of undergraduate research.

Manuscripts that are unrelated to undergraduate research or focus on the success of an individual or institutional undergraduate research program without providing a substantive presentation of goals, strategies and assessed outcomes related to the program are not suitable for publication.  Manuscripts that describe novel programs that can serve as models for other institutions, those containing significant assessment of outcomes, and those articulating research on the efficacy of undergraduate research programs are particularly suitable for publication in the CUR Quarterly.

Editorial Policies -

The CUR Quarterly is the voice of members of the Council on Undergraduate Research. All articles are peer-reviewed. Editorial judgment regarding publication of manuscripts and letters rests with the Editors. Concerns about editorial policies and decisions should be addressed to the Editors.

Contact Information for Submissions and Other Correspondence —
For questions, contact:
CUR Quarterly Editor-in-Chief: 

James T. LaPlant, College of Arts and Sciences
Valdosta State University


How to Submit -

Authors are encouraged to discuss disciplinary articles with the appropriate Division Editor prior to submission. Contact information for all Editors is listed at the front of every issue of the CUR Quarterly. Once you are ready to submit you will need to visit http://curq.msubmit.net.

What to Include -

  • Copy of article. (MS Word or compatible format, Times font, 12-point, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, and single-spacing between sentences).  2000-3500 words is the typical length of an article, but longer or shorter articles may be appropriate for certain topics.
  • Abstract of manuscript no more than 300 words.
  • Key words for indexing (up to 10).
  • Personal information
    — Institutional title, mailing and email addresses for the corresponding author.
    — Biographical sketch for each author (4-6 sentences).
  • Proper Citations. Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style citation guidelines-author-date style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html). Sample reference page.

Figures and tables

  • Submit in a separate file; do not embed within the text. If figures are not of high quality they will not be used. Please indicate appropriate figure placement in the text
  • Submit only if they are comprehensible to readers of various disciplines and assist in the understanding of the paper.  In many cases figures will be posted to the online supplement (CURQ on the Web), final placement is at the discretion of the layout editor.  Avoid unnecessary complexity and excessive detail, include only essential data.
  • Each figure should be generated in black and white (no color, avoid grayscale), all text in a figure should be set in Times font, single- spaced.


  • The Quarterly editorial team encourages the submission of photos.  All photos will not be accepted, this will depend on the quality of the image.  Please do not submit photos or images embedded in the manuscript, send them as separate TIF or JPEG files. Digital photos and other images must be 300 dpi resolution- higher resolution images are preferred. Also include, captions for photos identifying people in photos and attribute credits as appropriate. Photo Release forms will need to be submitted prior to publication.

Book Reviews

The CUR Quarterly will publish short reviews of books and other new publications the editors deem of interest to the undergraduate research community. Books or other publications will be reviewed within 12 months of publication. The Book Review Editor will select appropriate titles for review and solicit reviewers. In order to ensure that the reviews are as timely as possible, the Book Review Editor will expect to receive finished reviews within two months of assignment.  Each printed issue of the CUR Quarterly will include one review; all accepted reviews will be posted to the CUR Quarterly website.

Reviews should be 600-800 words in length, following this format:

  • Title, author(s)
  • Publisher, ISBN
  • Number of pages, price.
  • Reviewed by [name, institution/affiliation, email address]
  • Brief summary of the author(s)’ intent, intended audience, and argument.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the publication.
Suggested titles for review and book reviews should be submitted via email to:
Book Review Editor
Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez
Department of English
Bradley University

CUR Comments

The CUR Quarterly will consider scholarly commentaries on issues vital to the health and vigor of the undergraduate research enterprise from readers for publication. CUR Comments should be limited to 250 words, and must be on topics relevant to CUR’s mission. CUR Comments will be published at the sole discretion of the Editors and will be edited if necessary, the writer will be shown the edited version for her/his approval.

Undergraduate Research Highlights

Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.
Submissions need to include:

  • Title of the article and full journal citation (inclusive pages).
  • A brief description (3-5 lines) of the research and its significance.
  • Title and department or program affiliation of the faculty member.
  • A brief description of the student co-author(s).  Include the year of study in which the student(s) undertook the work, the opportunity through which the work was undertaken, (independent study project, summer project, REU program, senior thesis project, etc.), and the current status of the student (graduate school, employed, still enrolled, etc).
  • The source of funding for the work.

Questions contact:

Marie Graf, RN,MSN
Undergraduate Research Highlights Editor
Georgia Southern University School of Nursing
P.O. Box 8158
Statesboro, GA 30460