Focus and Scope

The Journal of Undergraduate Research in Alberta (JURA) is a peer-reviewed journal based at the University of Calgary with the mission to publish and promote research articles written by undergraduate students with the undergraduate student as the primary author. The JURA Editorial Team selects submissions that adhere to the formal JURA submission guidelines and forwards them to professors, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in related fields for rigorous peer-review. Peer-review is a major aspect of scientific work that is not commonly experienced by undergraduate students and yet is so important to the modern scientific method. The scope of JURA is multi-disciplinary and can vary from one annual edition to the next. The focus of the upcoming JURA edition 2016-2017 will be “Biomedical solutions for health” in alignment with the six key research strategies of the University of Calgary. Undergraduate students who are eager to submit a research article but whose research does not cover the edition focus should not be discouraged but still contact us regarding their submission.

Peer Review Process


JURA seeks to publish well-written articles which demonstrate scientific insight and remain accessible to a broad readership outside the specific discipline. JURA accepts articles based on the following criteria:

  1. Clarity, organization, and style
  2. Motivation for the study based on literature
  3. Description of methodology
  4. Presentation and interpretation of results
  5. Contribution to advancing the field of study

To ensure instructive reviews, peer-reviewers are chosen with care. Two or three potential reviewers (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or professors) at the University of Calgary who are knowledgeable in the author's particular field will be chosen.

Co-authors or individuals who work under the same faculty supervisor are not eligible to be reviewers. Authors will be notified of the reviewers decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the submission deadline.

Publication Frequency

JURA publishes one full edition annually. The 2016-2017 issue will be released during the winter term 2017. Between May and November 2016, JURA has a rolling deadline for submissions, meaning that undergraduate authors are free to submit research articles at any time during that time period.

To ensure that undergraduate authors can acknowledge a publication as soon as it is accepted, JURA will provide a "current" volume containing in-press articles on the JURA website before the release of the full 2016-2017 issue.

Open Access Policy

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

Addressing Reviewer Comments

It is highly recommended that authors address each reviewer's comments.

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In addition, when submitting a revised manuscript, authors are encouraged to submit a letter to the editors addressing each comment. For example, state the reviewer's comment followed by how you addressed the comment in your manuscript (and where).


Sources of Support

Special thanks to Dr. Walter Herzog of the University of Calgary who has continuously provided funds for selected JURA expenses.

We would also like to thank Dr. Michael Kallos of the University of Calgary for being the principal contact and mentor in our collaborative relationship with the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program.

Journal History

JURA was founded in order to fulfill a role at the University of Calgary that was not occupied: providing a peer-reviewed publishing outlet for undergraduate students in scientific disciplines at the University of Calgary.