The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. IJURCA accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, video, and other creative work from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.

Each submission must be the original work of at least one undergraduate student with the support of at least one faculty mentor, although the work may be submitted shortly after the student(s) has graduated. As a point of reference, the work should be at about the level expected for a senior thesis of approximately three thousand words or more. Work can also have been done by non-seniors within the context of a course if the work is of sufficient quality.

All submissions undergo a double-blind review by a minimum of two faculty members affiliated with institutions of higher learning from around the world. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and will be published online following a successful review and revision. We aim for a review process of eight to twelve weeks, depending on the availability and schedule of reviewers. The faculty reviewers have expertise in disciplines closely related to those represented by the submission. When possible, the work is also reviewed by undergraduates in collaboration with the faculty reviewers, allowing undergraduates to gain valuable experience with the peer-review process.

Thus, the purpose of IJURCA is to:

  • encourage and showcase scholarly work in all disciplines.
  • engender a beneficial learning experience for undergraduate students, especially with regard to the peer-review process.
  • provide a setting for disseminating research, ideas, and creative concepts.

Open Access Statement

IJURCA is an open-access publication, meaning that its past and present content is freely available to view on and download from the Web. Open-access journals support an informed society by making knowledge and information available on a democratic basis.

Interested in serving this journal as a peer reviewer or student managing assistant? Please contact any of the editors-in-chief:

Image Credits

The IJURCA icon was created using images from The Noun Project, including Beaker designed by Randall Barriga from The Noun Project and Film designed by Fernando Vasconcelos from The Noun Project.