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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.

  • Read the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF for document files.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text properly cites resources using the MLA, APA or Chicago citation styles
  • The submission is no longer than 20 pages long
  • The submission does not contain copyrighted images (read the Author Guidelines)

Author Guidelines

Submissions must be created by UCCS undergraduate students. Non-UCCS students will be considered only for special issues and if the non-UCCS author(s) are affiliated with UCCS research and/or creative work group or activity, such as (but not limited to) the Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF). Please submit papers that are no longer than 20 pages. There are no strict requirements on paper topic. If your paper includes images, you are responsible for ensuring their use does not violate copyright law. Please see our policy regarding the use of copyrighted images or text . If you are submitting any images, please submit them in JPEG format. See Wikipedia’s JPEG entry. No specific citation style is required, but a citation style guide must be used and sources must be properly cited. Citation styles differ depending on the discipline and the publishers encourage students to use the citation style used in their area. If you are unsure what citation style to use, as default use the MLA citation style as directed by the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th edition (this can be found in the Kraemer Family Library). Abstracts are required for all submissions. Abstracts are brief description of your work and are generally 3-5 sentences describing what your work is about. For a research paper, describe what the paper is about and leave the last sentence to summarize your conclusion. For creative works such as digital images of works, describe what the work is about and what media did you use to create it (e.g. oil on canvas). Lastly, it is strongly recommended you have a teacher look over your work prior to submission. When submitting please also submit the name of the teacher or advisor you had looked over your work.


Essays are a combination of opinion and research that highlight a specific side of an issue. While the URJ respects all author's opinions, all essays must include some academic research to support the essay's findings.

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