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Frequently Asked Questions

Submitting to JMURJ

 Who can submit to JMURJ?

JMURJ accepts submissions from all current and recent JMU undergraduates across all our different fields of research and scholarship.

Yes: we do invite and publish work by freshmen and sophomores.
Yes: you can submit after you have graduated from JMU. JMURJ accepts submissions from JMU undergrads for 16+ months after you've graduated. We can bend even this 16+ number, and we'll of course continue working with you on your submission after the deadline.

We invite you to submit research and scholarship that you have created and/or substantially revised during your JMU undergraduate career for a class, project, thesis, or independent study effort.

 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 submissions that are empirical or interpretive and that involve the discovery or application of knowledge. We accept text- and media-based submissions.

The research or scholarship you submit must be accessible to a diverse academic audience, which means that some submissions will require supplementary material to be considered for publication:

 How do I submit my work to JMURJ?

Check out the JMURJ website's Submission Guidelines page and then send an email including your submission to jmurj@jmu.edu.

 

 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.

 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.

 How should I report/discuss my JMURJ submission in my resume/CV or job interview?

Unless you submit very late in the 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 winter or summer break. We'll re-establish contact early in the new semester.
  • If we tell you that we appreciate your submission but that we must wait until the new 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 semester 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 pieces 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 a project with other JMU undergraduates. Can we still submit our work?

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

Volume 8 of JMURJ offers a perfect example of a team-written paper: Assessing Perceptions of Group Work Using Team-Based Learning. The first piece we published in JMURJ Volume 1 was a capstone report by four Engineering researchers. In Volume 3, we published a submission created by 11 Biology scholars from a Viral Genomics class.

 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. Please submit your research electronically to jmurj@jmu.edu.

 I've submitted to JMURJ. What happens next?

We'll work to inform and involve you in every step. Please know, though, that the JMURJ Editorial Board and the JMU faculty members we enlist as reviewers work within the constraints of the academic year, and that the publication process does take time.

We'll add more here in the days to come, as soon as we figure out how to link between FAQs. For now, see the FAQ above regarding resumes/CVs and interviews.

Multimedia Submissions

 Does JMURJ accept multimedia submissions?

Yes. See 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 include the original files with my submission?

Please do. 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 your work cleanly and clearly. 

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

It is a concern. 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 email us at jmurj@jmu.edu.

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