Once submitting to JMURJ, the student can expect a multi-step review process where their work is reviewed in the following order. Below are the 3 sequential steps to the review process.

Initial Review

The JMURJ Editorial Board screens all submissions to ensure that they are free of identifying information, appropriately research-oriented, and accessible to a diverse academic audience. If the Editorial Board identifies opportunities for revision during this initial screening, authors may revise and resubmit their work.

Double-Blind Review

Faculty members with expertise in the discipline or in relevant fields serve as JMURJ reviewers. JMURJ reviewers consider three overarching criteria as they evaluate submissions:

  • Is the submission a strong example of the excellent, diverse scholarship done by JMU undergraduate students in the field?
  • Is the research appropriate, accurate, and complete; does it serve the author's central purpose/conclusions?
  • Is the writing clean, clear, effectively organized, and accessible to a diverse academic audience?

Faculty reviewers then offer one of four recommendations to accompany their written feedback: 

  1. Accept with or without revisions
  2. Suggest that the author(s) revise and resubmit to address specific concerns. Revised submissions that respond to reviewers' suggestions will be returned to reviewers for further consideration
  3. Reject, noting that further work might warrant resubmission
  4. Reject, noting that the submission is not suitable for publication in JMURJ

The JMURJ Editorial Board considers faculty reviewers' recommendations and feedback in making decisions and compiles reviewers' feedback to send to authors.

About the Faculty Review Process

JMU faculty in disciplines across campus volunteer as JMURJ reviewers. Faculty reviewers serve in JMURJ's double-blind peer review process by:

  • Evaluating submissions specific to their discipline and/or area of expertise, ensuring that all submissions sent out for review are evaluated against discipline-appropriate standards and conventions
  • Reviewing no more than two submissions per year
  • Operate within the constraints of the academic year and work with the JMURJ Editorial Board to move submissions through the double-blind peer review process quickly
  • Learn more about the Faculty Reviewers here!
Author Revisions

JMURJ editors work with authors as they revise their submissions. Revised submissions should be returned by the agreed-upon deadline.

Preparing for Publication

JMURJ editors work as needed with authors of submissions accepted for publication to copyedit and format their work. JMURJ may make final grammar and citation shifts to ensure correctness and consistency.

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