JULS is dedicated to showcasing the research achievements of undergraduate students in the life sciences.
All work submitted to JULS will be carefully reviewed by a peer-review process and competitively selected for publication. The editorial and review boards are comprised of undergraduate students and faculty members with expertise from various fields in life sciences. JULS is committed to selecting high-quality submissions demonstrating well-conducted research and insightful analysis.
Below are the submission guidelines for research articles and news articles. Please ensure you have read the submission guidelines below before submitting an abstract for research articles or a news article.
Unsure if your work meets our guidelines? Contact us directly with any inquiries or use the abstract submission form and choose "Other" as the submission type.
Submitting a Primary Research Article or a Review Article
Step 1: Abstract Submission
All authors intending to submit a primary research article or review article must first submit an abstract outlining the nature of their work.
For primary research articles, briefly outline the introduction, goals, methods, results, and conclusion of the work. For review articles, abstracts should give a brief background of the focus of the paper and highlight the significance of pursuing this field of research. All abstracts may contain up to three figures, must be structured, and must not exceed 300 words.
The abstract submission will be used to assess whether the work is consistent with the goals and expectations of JULS. Once reviewed, authors will be notified of the committee’s decision, and if accepted for publication authors will be asked to submit their complete manuscript. Note that authors are encouraged to begin work on their final manuscripts immediately, as they will be given two weeks upon acceptance of an abstract to submit their final manuscripts.
The deadline for 2017/2018 abstract submissions is November 10th, 2017, at 11:59pm.
Step 2: Upon Acceptance of an Abstract
JULS only invites submission of a complete manuscript upon acceptance of an abstract. Please refer to the submission guidelines below for detailed instructions on preparing your manuscript for publication. Articles must adhere to these guidelines to ensure publication of their work.
Authors submitting any work to JULS must complete the Publishing Agreement Form (PAF) in its entirety. The form is a contractual agreement between JULS and the authors that stipulates criteria pertaining to originality of work, copyright, and issues related to intellectual property. Authors must submit PAFs along with their manuscript provided they have received approval of their abstracts.
JULS presents no barrier for re-publication of research in a professional scientific journal. Authors retain all rights to their work, except for the right to publish in another undergraduate journal.
Please note that authors must have the written consent of their supervisor prior to submission of their abstract. Submission of the PAF with the manuscript is sufficient for meeting this requirement.
Submitting a News Article
A news article is intended to chronicle novel and significant scientific research being conducted at the University of Toronto or elsewhere. News articles may also document academic conferences or events at the university that promote discussion of academic matters.
Authors are strongly encouraged to interview the investigator whose research they are describing, so as to develop a deeper insight into the development and significance of the research. For articles documenting events or conferences, authors may interview the organizers, or describe the experiences of others and themselves.
The deadline for 2017/2018 news article submissions is January 31st, 2018, at 11:59pm.