Aims & Scope

The Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR) at Minnesota State University, Mankato is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal published annually. The JUR accepts submissions from Minnesota State, Mankato students which meet the standard of excellence for students in diverse fields of study. Submissions from undergraduate students or teams are encouraged. Author(s) must be students at Minnesota State University, Mankato, or other MinnState schools.

Please contact Barb Bergman, Editor, barbara.bergman@mnsu.edu , for additional information regarding the submission or review process.

Aims and Scope:

  • Author(s) must be student(s) at Minnesota State University, Mankato or another MinnState school.
  • Citations: students should use the publication style acceptable to their field (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc.).
  • The Journal is an online publication. There is no minimum or maximum length.
  • Submission window is April until mid-May (4 weeks after the Minnesota State University, Mankato Undergraduate Research Symposium).
  • After your submission is received, your faculty mentor will be asked to affirm that they consider your paper to be “A” level work. Your paper will then be reviewed by Library faculty for readability by a more general audience.
  • Authors will be notified about any revision requests. You will have a final opportunity to make corrections and submit a final copy for publication.
  • Copyright and Non-exclusivity: Authors retain all copyright. We do not prohibit publication in other journals; be aware, however, that many journals require that research not be previously published. If you are considering submitting your paper to a professional journal, please check their policies.

Potential Research Formats

Traditional Research Paper/Presentations or Professional Reports

Paper (hard-copy) format or web-developed format. An formal research article format might include the following:

  • abstract
  • introduction
  • literature review
  • materials and methods
  • results
  • discussion
  • references - use citation style appropriate to your discipline

A report for a profit or non-profit organization might include a summary, discussion, and recommendations. The format should consist of whatever is appropriate for the situation. Because organizational reports are interwoven with the organization's culture and the reason for the report, students should submit a brief description which contextualizes their submission.

See the Committee on Publication Ethics website for more publication guidelines.

Creative Reports with Strong Textual or Graphic Supporting Materials

These reports could include performance clips or be graphic-based in the sense that artwork or design materials comprise a major part of the submission.

The creative submissions should contain sufficient material, either paper or web-developed format, to contextualize the performances and/or graphics. Viewers should be able to place the presentation within a specific scope of scholarship and should be able to understand the relevance of the work to the performance or graphics.


Please note: Presentation materials, i.e., slides and posters, should be submitted to the Conference Proceedings. These materials by themselves do not fit the rigor required of Journal submissions. Specifically, research presented as a poster or oral presentation at the Conference needs to be written out as research paper to be submitted to the JUR. Proceedings submissions should be sent to Heidi Southworth after the symposium.