We are now accepting article & cover art submissions for our Fall 2020 issue!

Deadline: September 21, 2020.

Please follow the outlined submission guidelines to ensure that we can review your work. In lieu of sending an incomplete submission, please email us with questions.


Author Guidelines

At the time the manuscript was written, authors must have been a) a full-time UO student or b) a non-UO student conducting research at the UO or under a UO faculty member.

Submissions to this journal consist of two parts:

  1. Student-submitted manuscript, according to the specifications below. Submit online by emailing
  2. Endorsement by the manuscript’s faculty sponsor (i.e. professor or research adviser). With the submitted manuscript, students must indicate the name and email address of their faculty sponsor, to whom we will send a brief endorsement form. This form must be completed by the faculty sponsor in order for the manuscript to be considered for publication. Please speak with the faculty member before sending us his/her contact information.

Each manuscript must include the following:

  • Title
  • Abstract (1 paragraph, 250 words maximum)
  • Text
  • Acknowledgments (this must include an acknowledgement to the sponsoring faculty member)
  • Bibliography/Works Cited
  • Designation of citation style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
  • Brief author biography (3-4 sentences) and email
  • Name and email address of faculty sponsor

Submitted manuscripts must conform to these guidelines:

  • Minimum 8 pages, double-spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman
  • 1″ margins, single column.
  • Word format (.doc or .docx)
  • In the case of creative works, a short essay detailing the work’s composition, sources, performance, etc., with the nontextual content provided as supplementary files.
  • Citations and bibliography should conform to the standards of your discipline–MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. (In doubt? Consult your faculty sponsor.)
  • Avoid footnotes. However, if there is critical supporting text that does not fit in the main text flow, an endnote (i.e. NOT a footnote) may be appropriate.
  • Use of spell check and multiple rounds of proofreading by a peer/faculty member are strongly recommended.



The Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal (OURJ) wants to publish your artwork! We have a semi-annual Cover Art Contest for our Fall and Spring issues.

Requirements for cover art submissions:

  • Submissions must be original art, photography, or other creative work by the undergraduate student
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a brief description or statement about the piece (around 250 words) and why it is representative of undergraduate research and the spirit of OURJ.
  • Note: In order to fit on our cover, images must be able to fit, in high resolution, an 8.5″ by 11″ page in portrait orientation.

Please send original images and short statement to to be considered for publication. Please email if you have any questions.

Past Cover Art Examples

Copyright Notice

OURJ is committed to open access to scholarship: we use and require that authors grant to the public a Creative Commons Attribution-3.0 Unported License, though some articles have in the past been licensed under a slightly more restrictive CC-BY-ND. The author retains full copyright ownership. Others are free to redistribute the articles without additional permission if appropriately attributed.

All redistributed copies or derivatives of articles must indicate the article title, author(s), license type, journal name, and link to the canonical version of the article on the journal site. This requirement is satisfied by the article headers in complete unmodified copies of articles. For articles licensed under CC-BY, derivative works must include the above information, and in addition must clearly indicate ways in which the derivative work differs from the original.

Journal frontmatter is distributed under CC-BY, subject to the attribution requirement that the journal be credited by name and link to Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal for any uses beyond what would be allowed based on Fair Use.

Privacy Statement
Names and email addresses entered in the OURJ site are used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.