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Article Types

JULS currently accepts submission for the following article types:

 

Primary Research

JULS accepts Primary Research manuscripts with fully documented reports of original research. Research articles can pertain to any area in the life sciences, encompassing the range of studies offered by the undergraduate-level life sciences programs. Primary Research articles may address a new or interesting question within a field, or it may provide a novel technique or resource that will have a significant impact on life science research. All Primary Research articles undergo at least one round of peer review.

 

Literature Review

JULS accepts author-submitted Literature Reviews covering key recent topics in the life sciences. Reviews aim to highlight, critique, and/or synthesize important findings within a field. Reviews are intended to appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike, and allow all life science readership to appreciate the significance of new findings. All Literature Review articles undergo at least one round of peer review. If you are uncertain about a topic for review, please send the editorial team a brief proposal consisting of a short paragraph (no more than 200 words) setting out the rationale for the article as a whole. Please also provide a list of key recent references (around 12) to illustrate the timeliness of the article.

 

News Articles

JULS accepts author-submitted news articles covering recent developments or findings in the life sciences, intended for general/public audiences. News articles take an objective view highlighting the importance of the topic, its relevance within the field, and its implications within the greater context of literature. Topics that may be covered include significant new publications, scientific events, policy discourse, and important awards/distinctions. News articles should also refrain from use of scientific jargon and include brief primers when necessary to help lay readership. All News articles are reviewed internally by the JULS editorial staff to ensure stylistic consistency and accuracy.

 

Perspectives

JULS accepts author-submitted brief Perspectives articles, which facilitate discourse, opinion, and criticism of recent developments. Perspectives are published in the form of a letter and must outline a cogent argument/position with appropriate accompanying references where relevant. The acceptable topics of Perspectives is purposely broad and may include recent models, hypotheses, social issues, and publications. If a Perspectives article is directed towards a JULS publication, the corresponding authors on the original papers will be informed and allowed to share a reply, which may be published alongside the Perspectives article. All Perspectives articles are reviewed internally by the JULS editorial staff to ensure stylistic consistency and accuracy.