Author Guidelines

Journal of Student Research is devoted to the Rapid Dissemination of current student research. The journal uses an automated process from manuscript submission to publication. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled online, and the journal automates all clerical steps during peer review.

We accept Submissions from Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-graduate level students. 

We also accept High School Student Submissions. Please use the journal's High School Portal (

We accept manuscript submissions of the following:

  1. Research Articles: Submissions of a manuscript that is your original research.
  2. Review Articles: Original review or analysis on a topic of your choice.

The journal seeks papers that are novel, integrative, and written in a way that is accessible to a wide audience which includes an array of disciplines. The content of the journal ranges from Applied research to Theoretical research. In general, papers are welcomed from all topics.

The first author of the submission must be a student at an accredited academic institution, university, or College and have a faculty co-author or provide the contact information of their research advisor who is a faculty.

If you are a High School Student, please use the High School Edition - Portal ( to register a new account, find more information, and submit your manuscript. 

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Submissions Process



Submissions Process

On logging in to the journal and selecting the role of Author on the User Home page, the Author is led to the Active Submissions queue. This page lists the submissions currently in the editorial process. The author also has access to past submissions that have been made to the journal under the Archive link and can submit a new article for consideration by clicking the appropriate link under Start a New Submission.

The submission process for the Authors is broken down into five steps, with guidance provided at each step. Authors do not need to complete the five steps in one session, but can return to what will be listed as on the submissions table as "Incomplete".



Checklist of Requirements

In order to ensure that submissions to the journal have been properly prepared and are in a suitable format for processing, the Journal Manager and Editor have developed a set of Submission Requirements with which the Author must indicate compliance before being allowed to proceed to Step Two of the Author Submission process. If the author is unable to comply with one of the Requirements for some reason, the Author can check the Requirement and provided an explanation in the Comments to the Editor.

Authors must read and acknowledge that they have completed and are compliant with the requirements below before proceeding:



Indexing & Metadata

This journal system has the Authors participate in the indexing of submissions to the journal. The system itself also generates some of the indexing or metadata elements (such as journal-title, date, URL, etc.). Metadata, or data about data, amounts to a series of terms that describe the document or data at issue, thus the comparable use of indexing terms which do the same thing. The journal uses a metadata protocol for indexing submissions that has been developed and is maintained by the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) which draws, in turn, on the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. The OAI Metadata Harvesting Protocol is the emerging standard for research, enabling OAI compliant search engines to create research indexes based on the resources from around the world. However, the journal's contents are also available through Google and another standard, web-wide search engines.

Metadata elements. The Dublin Core consists of 15 metadata elements that are used to identify and describe documents. The elements include traditional indexing terms for identifying documents, such as Author, Title, Description (Abstract), Subject, allowing for more detailed or granular indexing by also including elements such as Type, Coverage, and Sponsor.

Advantages of indexing. Authors are encouraged to complete the indexing of their submission in Step 2 of the Submission process and will have the opportunity to review and revise the metadata as part of the editorial process. The metadata will also be reviewed as part of the Copyediting step. The metadata for this journal will be "harvested" by a number of research-dedicated search engines that create, in effect, a research index or guide. Work that is well indexed will be that much more easily found by those who need it and are more likely to cite it. While there are limits to the number of terms by which a work is indexed, Authors are encouraged to think about how their work is positioned and found by virtue of this detailed indexing.



Supplementary Files

The Author is able to upload the Supplementary Files in Step 4 of the Submission Process. The Supplementary Files are intended to include research data sets, research instruments, source texts, or other materials that might otherwise form an appendix to the submission but warrant being treated as separate documents as they may have value on their own merits. In addition, the Author will index Supplementary Files independently of the submission thus enabling the Files to be part of a larger index and to be found by those looking for these particular types of items.

Supplementary File formats. Supplementary Files are also uploaded in their original file format — and on which there are no restrictions — and remain in that format, as opposed to the rest of the submission which must be in a standard manuscript format and will be transposed into a standard publication format. This means that data sets that are available in spread-sheets or flash demonstrations can be uploaded and preserved in that format; this may pose challenges for readers. Authors need to take this into account perhaps by providing, in the description of the Supplementary File, where freely downloadable software is available to open and view the Supplementary File can be found.




The Author will be contacted by the editors with their decision once the review process is completed.



Peer Review

Reviewers are selected by the Editorial Staff at the Journal of Student Research and the estimated time for the review process is 12-24 weeks. JOFSR follows the double-blinded closed reviewing policy where the identity of the author is not revealed to the reviewer and vice versa.

Following are the items that the referees evaluate as they review the manuscript:

  • Are the main claims of the paper novel? If not, please specify papers that weaken the claims to the originality of this one.
  • Do the results support the claims? If not, what other evidence is required, and will this additional information improve the paper?
  • Does the paper offer enough details of its methodology that its experiments or its analyses could be reproduced?
  • If the paper is considered unsuitable for publication in its present form, does the study itself show sufficient potential that the authors should be encouraged to resubmit a revised version?
  • Is the manuscript clearly enough written so that it is understandable to non-specialists? If not, how could it be improved?
  • Have the authors cited the previous literature appropriately?
  • Referees rate the Significance, Originality, Quality, and Clarity of the manuscript.

Scholarly feedback upon reviewing the manuscript by the referees will be provided to the author. This feedback will not only help authors identify areas of improvement to their submission but help them better understand the process in order to be successful at publication.



Editor Decision

Once the review process is complete, the Section Editor commits a decision and notifies the Author via email. The decision is also recorded in the Editor/Author Correspondence on the Author's Review page. If the Section Editor requests revisions before arriving at a final decision, the Author is able to upload a revised version of the submission on this page, as well as revised or additional Supplementary Files (reflecting data sets, research instruments, source documents, etc.). The Section Editor is also able to upload and present versions of the submission or other documents for the Author to consult. (To consult uploaded files, the Author clicks on the file name, and opens the file or saves the file to the computer and then opens it.)

If a submission is accepted, it will then proceed to the Editing stage of the editorial process.

Resubmit for Review. If the Section Editor's decision is that the submission should be revised and then resubmitted for peer review, the Author should first indicate their willingness to undertake the revisions, using the Editor/Author Correspondence. Then, when the revisions have been completed, the Author uploads the version for the second round of reviews. The Section Editor will submit it to the same Reviewers or to one or more new Reviewers, and notify the Author when a decision has been reached in a similar manner to the initial review.



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