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Media-based Submission Guidelines

JMURJ accepts submissions produced in all JMU disciplines by any JMU undergraduate student, as well as by recent graduates. Our open, inclusive definition of research and scholarship covers all fields of study, including the physical and natural sciences, business, education, the visual and performing arts, social sciences, and humanities.

Guidelines

JMURJ accepts two categories of media-based submissions:

Digital Scholarship

  • JMURJ accepts stand-alone pieces of digital scholarship (i.e., traditional research and scholarship presented in digital form). Digital scholarship submissions may include work that incorporates film, audio, images, artwork, and other media, such as a short documentary or recorded presentation.

Other Media

  • JMURJ accepts media-based submissions such as artwork, a musical piece or performance, a dramatic work, blogs, scale models, and technical drawings OR spreadsheets, graphs, and data charts that speak for themselves. Submissions in this category require a brief research statement—750-2,000 words—that will enable a diverse academic audience to understand and appreciate the research involved in creating your work. The questions below might serve as guidelines as you compose your research statement. Some might be more applicable to your work than others:
    • What question or concern or idea motivated your work? What was your purpose or goal? And, if you created the piece for a course, what was the context and purpose of the project or assignment? That is, what did the assignment ask you to do?
    • What research did you conduct or build on? What did you look up, reference, sample, or do in the process of creating your work? Your research could be text-based, or it could be practical/market-based (primary research). 
    • What was your design, making, composition, or creative process? What key choices did you make in this process and what influenced or informed those choices? What methods, approaches, or technologies did you use?
    • How does the work build on or advance research or scholarship in your field?
  • Electronically capture creative work. Examples may include photos of the artwork (unless the work is a photograph itself), recordings of the musical or dramatic performance, or a link to a website.
  • Use your discipline's citation style as you cite any sources, images, figures, or tables.

Accepted File Formats

  • Sound Files—mp3, .wmv
  • Video Files—mp4, .mov, .avi
  • Photos and Images—.png, .jpg
  • Animated Submissions—.swf
  • Numerical Analyses—Excel
  • Code—.rtf or base language

Preserve all raw footage, sound, and other media that you use in creating your submission, as JMURJ reviewers may suggest that you revise or edit in order to move forward in the publication process.

How to Submit

  • Attach your work in an email to jmurj@jmu.edu
  • Save your accompanying research statement in Microsoft Word (or the equivalent) before attaching it to your email 
  • To keep the process anonymous, remove your name, your professor's name, and any other identifying characteristics from your submission
  • Include the following information in the body of your email:
    • Your name if you are the only author, or the names of all authors if you are submitting a collaborative work
    • Your title
    • Your current year in school (freshman, sophomore...), or year that you graduated
    • The course name (if applicable) and the semester and year in which you created the project
    • The name of the professor who assigned your project or with whom you worked

Submission Deadline

JMURJ accepts submissions on a rolling basis and publishes on a rolling basis, meaning that there are no hard deadlines. We will initiate our review process as soon as we receive your submission.

If you have questions, consult our FAQs page before contacting the JMURJ Editorial Board at jmurj@jmu.edu.