Submit to CURJ
To submit an article for publication, please send a full copy (PDF please) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept submissions year-round and encourage submission of well-written and interesting papers in any research field. General article requirements are very flexible, and if your article is selected for publication you will work with an editor who will help you revise your paper for final publication in CURJ. Please read the following additional guidelines before submitting:
- Articles should be based on research conducted at Caltech or JPL by an undergraduate from any university, or by a Caltech undergraduate at any university.
- Articles should be accessible to a broad audience. The style guidelines below are one suggested way to achieve this goal, but they need not be rigidly followed. If your article is selected for publication an editor will help you revise your paper to meet this goal.
- Article must not have been published in any other exclusive publication outlet.
CURJ Style Guidelines
CURJ articles should be readable by a broad audience, one with some scientific background but not necessarily any expertise in the field or subject matter of the article. Many prospective students and parents read CURJ to get a sense of undergraduate research at Caltech.
Articles should read more like Scientific American than Nature. You should focus on explaining the essence of an idea, study, or experiment rather than the technical details of its execution. It is not necessary that a researcher be able to exactly replicate your study from a CURJ article. Be interesting!
CURJ articles should be 3–6 pages in length. Longer articles are sometimes okay, but generally provide more technical detail than is necessary for the intended audience. In that case, try to pare your article down.
Articles should be structured with the following sections (though you do not need to actually call them by these names in your paper):
Write interesting and catchy titles and section headings; for example, instead of “Conclusions,” consider “What's the big picture?” These will make your article stand out to the reader and will increase the chances that your article is selected for publication.
Font style and size and other article formatting details are flexible; we ultimately submit articles to a graphic artist for formatting, so readability by an editor is the main concern for a submitted article.
CURJ articles don't require inline, footnote, or endnote citations given the target audience. Any necessary references should be included in a Further Reading section.