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Frequently Asked Questions


Submitting Work to JMURJ

Questions About Media in Submissions



Submitting Work to JMURJ

Who can submit to JMURJ?

JMURJ accepts submissions from all current JMU undergraduates and all recent JMU graduates who submit within a year of graduating. All submissions must have been created for JMU undergraduate classes or for JMU projects.

Does my work from my discipline meet JMURJ's submission requirements?

Yes. Our open, inclusive definition of research and scholarship means that we accept submissions from all JMU fields of study, including the physical and natural sciences, the visual and performing arts, business, education, the social sciences, and the humanities. JMURJ invites work that is empirical or interpretive and that involves the discovery or application of knowledge. The research or scholarship involved in creating submissions must be accessible to a diverse academic audience, which means that some media-based and artistic works (e.g., architectural designs, dramatic pieces and performances, musical scores and performances, art and photography, translations, and creative fiction/non-fiction) may require an accompanying "research statement" to be considered for publication. See JMURJ's Media-based Submission Guidelines page for more information and then contact us at jmurj@jmu.edu.

Where can I submit my work to JMURJ?

Is there a submission deadline? When are submissions published?

JMURJ accepts and publishes submissions on a rolling basis. This approach means that deserving undergraduate researchers and scholars who submit earlier in the academic year need not wait until May to see their work published.

We welcome submissions at the ends of semesters (or later, when you've had a chance to gather your breath). Whether you'll be back for a new semester or whether you've just graduated (congratulations!), strike while the iron is hot: SUBMIT YOUR WORK. We'll refire the JMURJ publication process in the new semester and contact you with your submission at the top of the list.

All submissions published by the end of the academic year constitute a JMURJ volume.

I completed my work last year. Can I still submit it to JMURJ?

Yes. You may submit any research and scholarship you created while an undergraduate at JMU, whether you worked on it for a JMU class or for a JMU-related project.

What happens once I submit my work to JMURJ?

Unless you submit very late in the spring semester (up until the last two weeks or so of the semester), we will immediately initiate our review process:

  • If we contact you to identify opportunities to make your work more available to a wider academic audience, you may resubmit your work over the summer. We'll re-establish contact early in the fall semester.
  • If we tell you that we appreciate your submission but must wait until the fall semester to act upon it, you can safely say "Submitted for Initial Review" on a résumé/CV or in a job interview.
  • If we contact you later in the semster to tell that you we will forward your submission to JMURJ faculty reviewers, your submission will then officially be "Under Review." Since you'll have an email saying as much from the JMURJ Editorial Board, you can say something like "Accepted for review by the James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal" on a résumé/CV or in a job interview.
  • If we send you feedback from JMURJ faculty reviewers later in the semester, you can write "Invited to Resubmit" or, if you act on the invitation over the summer, you can say "Revised and Resubmitted" on a résumé/CV or in a job interview.
  • If we accept your submission for publication but are unable to publish it before the end of the academic year, you can say "Accepted for Publication" or "Forthcoming" on your résumé/CV and in interviews. 

Check out this article from Inside Higher Ed for more general guidelines.

Can I submit multiple submissions to JMURJ?

Yes, within reason (i.e., send us your best research and scholarship, rather than all your research and scholarship).

Students may submit multiple pieces to JMURJ at any one time. JMURJ will publish only one submission from each student in each volume and will consider other deserving submissions for later volumes.

Can I submit my thesis to JMURJ?

Yes. JMURJ welcomes condensed versions of longer works from all JMU disciplines, in any medium or genre.

Submissions should be accessible to a diverse academic audience. Text-based submissions should range from 2,000–6,000 words, and media-based submissions should be able to to be viewed, heard, or otherwise appreciated within a similar window (15–20 minutes maximum).

Please contact the JMURJ Editorial Board at jmurj@jmu.edu if you have questions.

I collaborated on the project with one or multiple people. Can we still submit our work?

Yes! JMURJ publishes co-produced work. Be sure to obtain permission from each co-creator before you submit your team's work and include all of their names and email addresses in your submission email for our future reference.

Examples of co-produced work include an Engineering capstone report by four researchers published in JMURJ Volume One. JMURJ Volume Three features a literature review created by eleven scholars from a Viral Genomics clas

Does JMURJ retain the copyright to the work it publishes?

No. JMURJ holds no copyright on published submissions and students may submit their work elsewhere after publication in JMURJ

Note: JMURJ does reserve the right to edit submissions in close collaboration with authors before and after publication.

Can I submit my work to JMURJ as a hard copy?

JMURJ does not accept hard-copy submissions. Submit your research electronically to jmurj@jmu.edu.

How late in the spring semester can I submit and still have my work published?

JMURJ Editorial Board and JMURJ faculty reviewers work within the constraints of the academic year. That being said, submissions recieved after April 1st will be held for the following volume; however, work is still published on a consistant basis and will still be considered during the Spring semester. 

Questions About Media in Submissions

Does JMURJ accept multimedia submissions?

Yes. See the FAQ immediately above and our Media-based Submission Guidelines page for guidelines, and contact us at jmurj@jmu.edu with specific ideas and concerns.

My submission includes screenshots of images, tables, or figures that I created. Do I need to send the images in?

Yes. Whenever possible, send us the original files and images along with your submission. We need to know that you can edit all of your work and that we will be able to publish it cleanly and clearly. 

My submission includes film clips, images, tables, or figures that I found online. Is this a concern?

Yes. If you've included film clips, images, figures, or tables that you did not create, be aware that you will need to secure permission from the copyright holder before JMURJ can publish your work.

I have a question you did not cover.

Please e-mail us at jmurj@jmu.edu.

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