Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an author?

For Primary Research Articles and Review Articles:

To become an author, a student must have contributed significantly to the research content of their manuscript. This includes, but is not limited to, students who have been actively participating in research, whether through course-based research work (ex. ROP courses), summer research work, and volunteer work at the university or one of its affiliated research institutes. For further requirements, please refer to the submissions section.

For News Articles:

An author of a news article is not required to have been directly involved in the research they wish to discuss. 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 the University of Toronto, but conducted my research at a different university. May I publish my research work with JULS?

Yes, anyone pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in the academic term when the research was conducted is eligible to publish with JULS. Remember, permission from the research supervisor is required.


I am not an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, but I conducted my research at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated research institutions. May I publish my research work with JULS?

Yes, anyone who conducted research at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated research institutions is eligible to publish in JULS. Remember, permission from the research supervisor is required.


I am not an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, and I conducted my research at a different university. May I publish my research work with JULS?

Although you are not eligible to submit your work as a research or review article, you may submit your work as a news article. We would like to reserve the opportunity to publish research and review papers for students at the University of Toronto or research conducted at the University of Toronto.

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 news articles. For more information please see the submissions section.


Who decides which articles will be published?

A team of 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 issue 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 print copies of JULS at the Gerstein Science Information Centre and certain departments at the University of Toronto. In addition, the journal will be available online.


How do I become a member of JULS?

JULS recruits staff members every academic year. Please check our homepage or our page on Facebook for the latest updates on recruitment. Executives are usually recruited in August or September, and general staff are usually recruited in October.


If I want to be a reviewer, may I still 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 ensure that there are no conflicts of interest throughout the review processes.


Who supports JULS?

Many of the life sciences departments at the University of Toronto and across Canada support 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.uoft@gmail.com