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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

When submitting the information page please upload it as a separate file under "Supplementary File."

Upload 1: Information Page

The undergraduate author must include all of the following, in order:

  1. Full name of corresponding (undergraduate) author and list of all authors (if applicable).*
  2. Major(s)/minor(s)/degree expected or received
  3. Email and telephone and NSID. NOTE: please provide an email address that you can be reached at beyond your time at the U of S. Often, students graduate and stop checking their email. Providing an address that you anticipate checking regularly is strongly recommended.
  4. Names, contact information, and departmental affiliation for two (2) potential reviewers (Please do not contact the potential reviewers or you will compromise the blind review process). Do not list supervisors as reviewers.
  5. Full title of article
  6. Abridged title (approximately 5 words)
  7. Documentation style used (e.g. MLA, Chicago, APA, Applied Soil Sciences of America)
  8. Number of figures and tables, if applicable
  9. Total number of pages (omitting cover page)
  10. Acknowledgements: These should be brief and professional, including collaborators, supervising professor, assistants, sources of grants, and funding.

*a note about Authorship:all those listed as authors must have:

  • Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis or interpretation of data;
  • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • Approved the version to be published. The corresponding author must sign the publication agreement to confirm that all authors have agreed to the submission.

Furthermore, all persons who meet the above criteria must be listed as authors. Additionally, an undergraduate student must be both corresponding and first author.  Undergraduate students who contributed equally to the article may be listed with an asterisk and accompanying note.

Upload 2: Document

  1. Margins are 1" on all sides, on 8.5"x11" paper
  2. Text is 12-point font, and single-spaced
  3. Ensure a blind review (see **)

     Figures, Tables, and Graphs

Please ensure that all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.


The title should indicate the topic of the article or review.


The author must submit an abstract that should be no longer than 250 words. An abstract is a very condensed version of the paper. It states the main point of the article, review, or research paper in five to seven sentences. It will appear at the top of the first page of the article. Readers use an abstract to decide whether the author’s topic or approach interests them.


The author should have 4-6 keywords that characterize the article content and provide terms for indexing the submission.


USURJ is a multidisciplinary journal and, therefore, does not prescribe a specific format for references and citations (such as APA, MLA, or Chicago). Instead, authors should use whatever documentation style is common in their discipline (such as APA, MLA, or Chicago) and take care to use it consistently. Please indicate which documentation style you are using.

** Ensuring a Blind-Review

Please go to click on the ‘About’ tab and go to ‘Policies’ for instructions about how to ensure a blind review.

Upload 3: Publication Agreement

Fill out the USURJ Publication Agreement (be sure to read it carefully as it contains very important information regarding ethics, author rights, and co-authorship). If you cannot find the faculty member required to sign your agreement in person, have them scan it or photograph it and email it to you, or have another professor familiar with the assignment sign it and do the same. Upload the publication agreement as a supplementary file after you submit your paper and information page. You can photograph it (save as a common file type, such as a jpeg), or scan it.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is not a PDF.

  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements that are consistent with the format and citation style most used in the discipline being submitted.  Please specify your documentation style (e.g., APA, MLA...) on your information page.
  4. The author must suggest two faculty members that would be appropriate to review the article. IMPORTANT: Please do not contact the potential reviewers or you will compromise the blind review process. Also, the supervising professor may not be suggested as a reviewer.

  5. The author must submit an abstract that should be no longer than 250 words. See Author Guidelines (above) for more details.
  6. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Please see Author Guidelines for details.
  7. The author must include an information page. See Author Guidelines for details.
  8. The author must have 4-6 keywords that characterize the article content and provide terms for indexing the submission.
  9. The undergraduate author (or corresponding author) must sign and adhere to the conditions outlined in the Publication Agreement form. This includes signed consent from the supervising professor or another professor familiar with the article. This can be found at This must be uploaded with your submission.
  10. The author(s) confirm(s) that required research ethics approvals have been granted (please see if research was conducted at the University of Saskatchewan).
  11. The work submitted falls within the below criteria:
    • Interdisciplinary

    An interdisciplinary research paper communicates knowledge through “research that combines the skills and perspectives of multiple disciplines” ( Repko and Szostak (2017) write that the “prefix inter means ‘between, among, in the midst,’ or ‘defined from two or more’ . . .[so] the starting point for understanding the meaning of interdisciplinary studies is between two or more fields of study” (3).  For example, an interdisciplinary research paper may bring together the field of history and the field of psychology in an analysis of the history of mental illness. Some research papers, though, come from fields of study that are already interdisciplinary, such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Rural and Urban Development, or Environmental Studies.  In sum, an interdisciplinary research paper submission will extend beyond a single disciplinary perspective to form an integrated understanding or meaning (Repko and Szostak, 2017). Reference: Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory, 3rd Ed. London: Sage. 2017.

    • Social Sciences

    “[A research paper is] any paper that presents original research, which may be quantitative, qualitative, or theoretical; synthesizes or presents a new theoretical conclusion from existing research or literature; serves as a review or collection of existing research or theories; presents a new perspective on pre-existing or original research; interprets data from a prior study; or attempts to cohesively and coherently account for a paradigm or approach within topics traditionally represented by the social sciences.”


    • Humanities and Fine Arts

    Research papers in the humanities and fine arts cover a broad spectrum and may deal with literature, history, philosophy, visual or performing arts, linguistics, classics, or any topic focused on the study of human culture. Such research papers focus on comparison, analysis, and/or aesthetics more than the empiricism stressed in the natural, health, or social sciences.


    • Health and Natural Sciences

    For health sciences and natural sciences, research can take a few different forms. At the undergraduate level, some students will be performing their own experiments and creating original, primary research articles. Undergraduate students may also synthesize the ideas in primary research articles and write a "review article.”*

    * A review article critiques and/or synthesizes current research in a given area. It assesses the current state of knowledge of a given topic, assesses the implications of current research, comments on validity, draws new conclusions, and suggests future directions for research in this area.


Copyright Notice

USURJ is an open-access journal. Unless you indicate otherwise, articles will be published with authors holding full copyright protection. You may also publish under a Creative Commons license (see; you can make a final decision on licensing prior to final publication. Work submitted cannot have been published previously and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.  


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