Thank you for your interest in publishing with JULS. Submissions for the 17th edition are now open. Please submit your manuscript using the submission form below.
To submit a manuscript to the JULS, please follow these steps:
2. Review the Terms of Submissions found below.
3. Submit the JULS Manuscript Submission Form which will be available once submission are open.
The JULS considers for publication of original research conducted by undergraduate students at Canadian institutions that has not been previously published. Submission to the JULS implies that this is the case and that the submitted manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If submissions in violation of this policy are brought to the attention of the JULS editorial team, original submissions to the JULS may be removed or rendered inaccessible.
The JULS requires that all independent contributions of each author be provided during online submission. While currently we do not have formal guidelines, we recommend the CRediT Taxonomy for incoming submissions. Regardless of formatting, it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that contributions are agreed on by all co-authors prior to manuscript submission. Furthermore, the corresponding author must acquire permission from all involved authors prior to the submission process.
Upon article acceptance, most papers are posted on the journal website first as part of JULS Online in advance of publication of the annual JULS print issue, in which they will subsequently appear. Authors may choose to request that their article not be posted online prior to the print issue publication by contacting the editorial team in advance. In addition, authors are allowed to post their accepted manuscripts or articles to a journal repository system (such as bioRxiv or ResearchGate).
There are no submission or publication fees to publish in the JULS. We are committed to open and free access (through our website and Open Journal Systems) for all undergraduate publications from any Canadian institution. Operation of the JULS is generously supported by UofT inter-departmental funding and support from affiliated institutions.
A conflict of interest arises when authors, reviewers, and editors have interests that are not clearly visible and that subsequently impact their judgement on what is published. The following steps are taken to ensure the review process is free of any impeding interests.
Reviewers: Editors should select reviewers are free of conflict of interests with the authors. If any conflict of interest becomes apparent, a new faculty reviewer should be chosen.
Authors: All authors and co-authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts, which include, but are not limited to employment, consulting fees, stock ownership, etc., when submitting their manuscript.
Editors: All editors should ensure that they are free of conflicts of interests before making any sort of editorial decisions on a manuscript. Upon the submission of a manuscript from an editor, it is ensured that the editorial team does not consist of the editor and is not involved in any discussions or decisions pertaining to the manuscript.
All research must be carried out with an appropriate ethical framework and any experiments conducted in animals or humans subjects have been approved by a relevant research ethics board. Editors may request the authors to submit proof of ethics approval if they suspect any experiments have not been approved by a research ethics board. If there are serious ethical concerns, a manuscript may be outright rejected even in the presence of an ethics committee approval.
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Any and all identifying information, including, but not limited to, names, initials, hospital numbers, and identifying physical features, should not be published unless the information is critical to the nature of the study and informed consent is present. In this case, informed consent from patients and/or research subjects must be included with the submission documents and should be indicated in the published article.