Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an author?

For Primary and Review Articles

To become an author, a student must have contributed significantly to the research content of their manuscript. This refers to students who have been actively participating in research, whether through course-based research or summer research projects. Examples include students who have completed a 299 Research Opportunity Program course, 4th year honors thesis project, or anyone who has been a summer research student or volunteer at U of T or one of its affiliated research institutes. For further requirements, please refer to the submissions section.

For News Briefs

An author of a News Brief is not required to have been directly involved in the research they wish to chronicled. Typically, this is a first step for many authors joining or hoping to join research, and provides then with an introduction into the dynamic and complex world of research. Please note that though you are not required to have been directly involved, you are strongly encouraged to interview the researchers involved in the work you are describing. Please see the submissions section for more details.


I am an undergraduate student at U of T, but conducted my research at a different university; am I allowed to publish my research work in JULS?

Yes! Anyone registered as a student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto in the academic term when the research was conducted is eligible to publish in JULS. However, permission from the research supervisor is required.


I am not an undergraduate student at U of T, but I conducted my research at U of T or one of its affiliated research institutions; am I allowed to publish my research work in JULS?

Yes! Anyone who conducted research at U of T or one of its affiliated research institutions is eligible to publish in JULS. However, permission from the research supervisor is required.


I am not an undergraduate student at U of T, and I conducted my research at a different university; am I allowed to publish my research work in JULS?

Yes! We encourage you to still publish with us. Please note however that you are only be eligible to submit your work as a letter; you are not eligible to submit your work as a research or review article. We would like to reserve the opportunity to publish research and review papers for students at U of T or research conducted at U of T.

Please see the submissions section for full instructions.


What are the criteria for selecting primary papers?

Does my paper have to be a certain length?

When is the deadline for the submission of research articles and mini-reviews?

What is the format for citations in papers?

For answers to the above questions, please see the submissions section.


What can I submit aside from research articles?

You can also submit letters and review articles. For more information please see the submissions section.


Who decides which articles will be published?

A team of U of T undergraduate students and faculty reviewers decide which articles will be published. The review board will follow a specific marking scheme which ensures that the selected papers demonstrate well-conducted research and insightful analysis at the undergraduate level. For a detailed outline of the review process, please see submissions section.


How and when can I know if my manuscript has been selected to be published in JULS?

You will receive an email from JULS staff if your paper has been selected for publication.


When will the JULS be published?

The journal will publish one issue each year in mid-April.


Is the journal free? Where can I get copies of JULS?

Yes, the journal is free and available to all! You can obtain hard copies of JULS at various U of T libraries and life science departments. In addition, the journal will be available online.


How do I become a member of JULS?

JULS recruits staff every academic year. Please check the JULS front page or Facebook group for the latest updates on recruitment. Executives are recruited in late August, while general staff are recruited in September/October.


If I want to be a reviewer, am I still allowed to submit my own research paper?

Yes! Any staff member of JULS except for the Review Board Managers can submit their own research papers. The Review Board Managers will ensure that there will be no conflicts of interest throughout the peer and faculty review processes.


Who supports JULS?

Many of the life sciences departments here at U of T and across Canada are supporting this publication and its efforts. For a full list of sponsoring departments, please see the sponsors section.


Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact JULS at juls[at]utoronto.ca.