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Author Guidelines

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JURA accepts submissions of three formats: Research Article, Extended Abstract, Review Article

Research Article Format & Structure

JURA format and structure guidelines are deliberately concise to describe the essential elements for submitting article manuscripts. Authors can use creativity in choosing section titles and content, combining sections, or adding subsections, as he or she sees fit. A common example is combining the results and discussion sections or discussion and conclusion sections.

Importantly, authors should focus on submitting clear and well-written manuscripts. That said, JURA welcomes any questions that may arise while drafting the manuscript in accordance to these guidelines. Anything beyond basic editing is reserved for the editorial process, AFTER an article has been conditionally accepted.

Authors should also follow JURA Research Article Template to format their manuscripts.

 

Format

Cover Page

The undergraduate author must include all of the following, in order:

  1. Full name of corresponding author
  2. Major(s)/minor(s)/degree expected or received
  3. Email and telephone
  4. Names, contact information, and departmental affiliation for three (3) potential reviewers
  5. Full title of article
  6. Abridged title (approximately 5 words)
  7. Number of figures and tables, if applicable
  8. Total number of pages (omitting cover page)

Document

  1. Total length is 1500-3500 words (excluding figures, references, and cover page)
  2. Margins are 1" on all sides, on 8.5"x11" paper
  3. Text is 12-point font, and double-spaced

Figures, Tables, and Graphs

We suggest using figures to communicate the main findings of the article. A maximum of 10 figures, charts, and tables is allowed, with the assumption that they will be informative and illustrative rather than mere data.

  1. The minimum resolution of submitted images must be of 300 DPI, in TIFF, JPEG, or PNG format
  2. Images must also be sent separately, as attachments
  3. Captions are 10-point font, and single-spaced
  4. All images must be greyscale


Structure

Title

General, non-exclusive wording that identifies the important finding.

Author Information

Names (line 1): Author and Co-Author(s).
Details (line 2+): Department, University, Address, Province, Country, Postal Code.

  1. Identify corresponding author(s) with an asterisk "*"
  2. Use numbered superscripts to link author names and departmental affiliations
  3. An acceptable example:

    An improved Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid
    J.H.C. Crickson (*1), You name here (2)
    (1) Structural Biology Research Division, 10.5 Helix Road, Cambridge, ON, Canada, D3D3D3
    (2) Faculty of Science, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N1N4

Abstract

Readers commonly use the abstract to initially decide their level of interest in an article. Authors must therefore ensure that their abstract effectively communicates their main findings in a clear, well-organized fashion, while not exceeding 250 words. It is strongly advised to include in the abstract four sections (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion) that are logically connected.

Keywords

4-6 terms that put forward the article content. In addition, these should be briefly defined (20 words or fewer) for use in a side-bar to inform our general scientific audience.

Introduction

Background, motivation, and significance of the research. This excludes mention of content from later sections. Use in-text citations to reference relevant literature.

Methods

The approach to the problem; this should emphasize the work's strengths and advantages, rather than simply describing experimental protocols.

Results

Data acquired and analytical tests used, limited to the most relevant observations. Organize results into illustrative figures or tables, each with descriptive captions of less than 60 words.

**NOTE: Discussion and Conclusion deserve care and attention, and should represent a fair proportion of the article**

Discussion

Interpretation of the results in the context of the driving hypothesis.

Conclusion

Significance of the research reported, its implications in the field at-large, and its limitations.

References

Strong priority should be given to peer-reviewed articles and books which are published or in-press. Only published references may be included. If a work was only submitted, an in-text mention is sufficient.

Acknowledgements

Concise and professional, including non-author collaborators, assistants, sources of grants, and funding.

 

Style Rules

General

The official language of JURA is English.

Citations

Numbered citations are to be used and should appear in square brackets, ie. [2], [17,23].

References

References are listed sequentially by in-text mention. Journals are abbreviated using common abbreviations (see http://www.library.ubc.ca/scieng/coden.html). For journal articles, use "et.al" when there are more than five authors. Acceptable examples are:

Journal Articles:

  1. D. Spitzberg, D.K. Ting, K. Tsumasi-Boateng, Nat. Immunol. 192(4), 2002.
  2. S.S. Mahar, M. Kaczorowski, Pop. Sci. 234(67), 2009.

Books:

  1. E. Eckbo, in Inhibitory Value of Dopamine Blockers, S. Rahim and L. Gao, Eds. McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, Montreal, QC, ed. 5, 2003, p.p. 15-33.

Technical Reports:

  1. B. Osei, D. Matthews, M. Godecki, M. Ghiasi, "A report on emerging tropical diseases". Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ottawa, ON, 2007.

Conference proceedings (unpublished):

  1. Chavlovski, paper presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Protein Society, Olds, AB, September 9, 1989.

Theses:

  1. D. Friedlander, MSc thesis, Harvard University, 2009.


Figures, Tables, and Graphs

  1. In-text mention is capitalized and abbreviated (ie. "Fig. 3" or "Table 1")
  2. Add titles, labels, units, and external sources (if any)
  3. Captions are 60 words or fewer. Each caption begins with the text "Fig. #" or "Table #" in boldface.
  4. All images must be greyscale

Numbers, Units, and Equations

  1. Equations must be submitted as graphic files, attached in 300 DPI TIFF, JPEG, or PNG format
  2. In-text mention of equations is "Fig.3" instead of "Figure 3"
  3. Decimals include leading zeros (e.g. 0.228 instead of .228)
  4. Common statistical variables are italicized (e.g. n, f, R, and p)
  5. Greek letter variables and units are italicized (e.g. 10um)
  6. Units are abbreviated and preceded by a space, except percentages (e.g. 36 in. and 95%)

Miscellaneous

Acronyms are spelled out in the first instance, and are only used if the term is repeated three times or more in the article.

  1. Footnotes and endnotes should be kept to a minimum
  2. Writing style should use the active instead of the passive voice wherever possible

 

Extended Abstract Format & Structure

Authors must use the JURA 2-page Extended Abstract Template to format abstracts.

 

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. For all JURA submissions, authors must obtain permission from their supervisor(s) prior to submission, and must also complete and submit the JURA Permission Form.

  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word 2003 (or later) document file format.

  3. For online citations, URLs, date of retrieval, and author information (if available) have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Please ensure that all figures/graphs/tables are greyscale.
  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.

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  7. If appropriate, a template was used:

    Extended abstract

    Full research article

 

Copyright Notice

Authors retain all rights to their research work. Articles may be submitted to and accepted in other journals subsequent to publishing in JURA. Our only condition is that articles cannot be used in another undergraduate journal. Authors must be aware, however, that professional journals may refuse articles submitted or accepted elsewhere—JURA included.

 

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