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Text-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.


  • JMURJ accepts submissions between 2,000 and 6,000 words.
  • Attempt to make your submissions accessible to a diverse academic audience. Scholars in other fields should be able to understand and appreciate your research and scholarship.
  • Use the reference style appropriate to your discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Format any images, figures, or tables using the style appropriate to your discipline and remember to credit your sources.

How to Submit

  • Save your manuscript in Microsoft Word (or an equivalent) and attach it in an email to
  • To keep the process anonymous, remove your name, your professor's name, and any other identifying characteristics from your title page, headers/footers, and text.
  • 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 the year 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 the review process as soon as we receive your submission.

If you have questions, consult the FAQs page before contacting the JMURJ Editorial Board at