Using the UJCD

Publications are arranged by disciplinary category and then by titles. When you find the desired journal, click on its title to move to the publication’s web page.  If there is no link to a publication’s web page, it has been temporarily suspended from UJCD activity until we can verify that it is or is not currently active.

While many undergraduate journals have long, solid histories, others fade in and out as the students or faculty who have nurtured them come and go. We do our best to keep track of these journals as we update the UJCD, but you can make sure that you are sending your valuable manuscript or artistic creation to a viable publication by following these tips.

Activity counts. Many journals will publish a call for papers on their websites. If the call is for an issue that should have been published a year or more ago, you need to do more investigating. Generally, outdated information is either a symptom of a poorly maintained journal website or, worse, a journal which has been languishing due to the loss of graduating student editors or an active faculty advisor. You can’t afford to submit your work to a journal that hasn’t had a staff or published an issue for two years.

Check out the journal archives . Read the table of contents and, if possible, some of the articles. Pay particular attention to institutional affiliations of past authors. If all or most seem to be from the journal’s sponsoring institution, you may want to e-mail the editors and inquire whether they are serious about welcoming submissions from outside. On the other hand, many of the journals listed on the UJCD would like to receive more outside submissions than they do; that’s why they ask to be listed on the UJCD. Many don’t know how to solicit outside submissions and wind up selecting from what they receive: manuscripts from their own students. Submitting your work to such a journal could give you an advantage!

Use e-mail. If the journal website has an editor’s e-mail, use it. Send a brief note asking for confirmation of the deadline for submissions for the next issue. If you don’t receive a reply within a week, try to contact the faculty advisor if he/she is listed. You may be able to track down the faculty advisor’s e-mail address by going to the institution’s webpage, then to the faculty e-mail directory. Send a note asking for confirmation that the journal is still active since you intend to send them an interesting submission.

 Read submission requirements carefully . And adhere to those requirements! Stay within page limits, format your work properly, send your work off well ahead of deadlines.