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Article Types

The JULS currently accepts submissions for the following article types:

 

Primary Research

The JULS accepts Primary Research manuscripts with fully documented reports of original research. Research articles can pertain to any aspect of the life sciences, encompassing the range of studies offered by the undergraduate-level life sciences programs across Canada. 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 performed by a member of the Faculty Review Board.

 

Literature Review

The 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 performed by a member of the Faculty Review Board. 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) describing the rationale and significance of the topic for the article. Please also provide a short list of key recent references (between 10-20) 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 and 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 and distinctions. News articles should also refrain from the use of scientific jargon and include brief primers when necessary for general 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 and position with appropriate accompanying references where relevant. The acceptable topics of Perspectives articles are 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.

 

Updated October 8th, 2020