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Journals Accepting Health Policy-Related Submissions from Undergraduate Students

Are you interested in publishing your health policy research in a journal?  If so, take a look at the journals below (organized by application deadline month).  


January Submission Deadlines

Developing Economist (economics)
Online/Print:     Online
Sponsor:            University of Texas at Austin
Description:      The mission of the Developing Economist is “to publish exemplary undergraduate research in the fields of Economics, Mathematics, Political Economy, Finance, and Public Policy.”  Submissions are accepted from any accredited institution. 
Deadline:           January (annual)
Student Status:  Current undergraduate students or recent graduates (less than 12 months)
Reviewers:          During initial round, paper will be reviewed by “a member of our staff.”  In later rounds, You should expect comments and criticism from professors, lecturers (with PhDs), graduate students, or journal staff during later rounds.”

Issues in Political Economy:  Undergraduate Student Research in Economics (IPE) (economics)
Online/Print:      Online
Sponsor:             Elon University and the University of Mary Washington
Description:       IPE is “is the leading undergraduate research journal in economics. Students may submit articles on all topics of economics, but “papers should be analytical and seek to add new understanding to the topic.”
Deadline:           January (annual)
Student Status:  Article must have been written while the student was an undergraduate
Reviewers:         IPE “is edited and refereed entirely by students, with oversight from faculty at the University of Mary Washington and Elon University.”  IPE follows a “double-blind review process.”Miscellaneous: Articles must be submitted through a faculty sponsor.

Journal of Politics & Society (JPS) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:     Online and print
Description:      JPS is “is the United States’ premier interdisciplinary journalof undergraduate scholarship in the social sciences, published by the Helvidius Group of Columbia University.”  It “provides a forum for young scholars to contribute to the global dialogue on a diverse range of issues, including problems of politics, economics, public policy, social phenomena, international relations, and law.”  JPS “is not affiliated with or sponsored by any political organization, and it remains staunchly nonpartisan.”
Deadline:            January 22, 2021 (Fall 2021 edition); September TBD (Spring 2022 edition)
Student Status:  Current undergraduates and former students who have been not been out of school more than two years
Reviewers:          Peer reviewed by members of the Editorial Board, which includes only students; blind as to the author’s name and school; evaluated on the submission’s argument, writing, originality, adherence to guidelines, and topic 
Miscellaneous:   “Work previously written for classroom or individual use is welcomed.”  Papers should be at least 20-25 pages in length.  JPS “will award a prize to the author of the article judged most worthy by the Editorial Board in conjunction with faculty at Columbia University.”  Authors may submit manuscript to other publications, but must withdraw the work from consideration if the student is selected for publication in JPS.  “No previously published paper will be published, nor may a paper be reprinted elsewhere without permission.”

Journal of Student Research (JSR) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:      Online
Description:       JSR “ is a Multidisciplinary and Faculty-reviewed journal devoted to the Rapid Dissemination of current student research. 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.”   JSR accepts the following types of submissions:  research articles (original research), review articles (original review or analysis on a particular topic), and other articles (non-peer reviewed; e.g., research project, analysis, short essay, opinion, or an update on current affairs). 
Deadline:            January TBD and May 31, 2021
Student Status:  Undergraduate and graduate students
Reviewers:          Reviewers are selected by JSR’s Editorial Team.  Reviewers are faculty with a Ph.D. from various institutions in the U.S.  “JSR follows the double blinded closed reviewing policy where the identity of the author is not revealed to the reviewer and vice versa.”
Miscellaneous:   Papers must not have been previously published or be currently under consideration at another journal.  First author must be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited academic institution.  Students will need to include their faculty or advisor’s name. 

 
March Submission Deadlines

Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Politics, Economics and World Affairs (DUJPEW) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:     Online
Description:      DUJPEW is a student-run journal that “publishes scholarship that serves as either analytical or argumentative investigations into any issue(s) aligned with contemporary politics, economics or international relations.”
Deadline:           March in the past.  Current deadline unknown.
Student Status:  Current undergraduates enrolled in an accredited university
Reviewers:          Student editorial board and overseen by Dartmouth faculty advisers
Miscellaneous:   Publishes once a year in the Spring.  The journal “is sent to top-tier universities, government departments, military organizations, and companies with a vested interest in our journal's interdisciplinary focus, meaning our contributor's work is seen by high-ranking scholars, public servants and professionals.”  Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic).


May Submission Deadlines

Journal of Student Research (JSR) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:       Online
Description:        JSR “ is a Multidisciplinary and Faculty-reviewed journal devoted to the Rapid Dissemination of current student research. 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.”   JSR accepts the following types of submissions:  research articles (original research), review articles (original review or analysis on a particular topic), and other articles (non-peer reviewed; e.g., research project, analysis, short essay, opinion, or an update on current affairs). 
Deadline:            January TBD and May 31, 2021
Student Status:  Undergraduate and graduate students
Reviewers:          Reviewers are selected by JSR’s Editorial Team.  Reviewers are faculty with a Ph.D. from various institutions in the U.S.  “JSR follows the double blinded closed reviewing policy where the identity of the author is not revealed to the reviewer and vice versa.”
Miscellaneous:   Papers must not have been previously published or be currently under consideration at another journal.  First author must be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited academic institution.  Students will need to include their faculty or advisor’s name. 

June Submission Deadlines

Atlantic Economic Journal (economics)
Online/Print:     Online and print
Description:       The International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) invites students to compete in the IAES annual undergraduate paper competition.  Finalists will present their papers at the annual IAES conference.  Winners of the Best Undergraduate Paper Award receive $1,000, a commemorative plaque, and complimentary publication of their paper in the Atlantic Economic Journal.
Deadline:            June 15, 2021
Student Status:  Paper was written while an undergraduate; former students whose degree was “conferred within the past academic year” may submit if paper was written as an undergraduate
Reviewers:         Not specified
Miscellaneous:  Papers should be between 10 and 20 pages.  Papers must not be published or submitted for publication elsewhere.  Applicant must provide an email from his/her “Department Chair certifying” that the department will sponsor the student’s hotel and travel if the student is selected as a finalist.”

September Submission Deadlines

Journal of Politics & Society (JPS) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:    Online and print
Description:     JPS is “is the United States’ premier interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate scholarship in the social sciences, published by the Helvidius Group of Columbia University.”  It “provides a forum for young scholars to contribute to the global dialogue on a diverse range of issues, including problems of politics, economics, public policy, social phenomena, international relations, and law.”  JPS “is not affiliated with or sponsored by any political organization, and it remains staunchly nonpartisan.”
Deadline:            January 22, 2021 (Fall 2021 edition); September TBD (Spring 2022 edition)
Student Status:  Current undergraduates and former students who have been not been out of school more than two years
Reviewers:        Peer reviewed by members of the Editorial Board, which includes only students; blind as to the author’s name and school; evaluated on the submission’s argument, writing, originality, adherence to guidelines, and topic 
Miscellaneous:  “Work previously written for classroom or individual use is welcomed.”  Papers should be at least 20-25 pages in length.  JPS “will award a prize to the author of the article judged most worthy by the Editorial Board in conjunction with faculty at Columbia University.”  Authors may submit manuscript to other publications, but must withdraw the work from consideration if the student is selected for publication in JPS.  “No previously published paper will be published, nor may a paper be reprinted elsewhere without permission.”


November Submission Deadlines

Comparative Advantage:  Stanford Undergraduate Economics Journal (economics)
Online/Print:    Online
Description:     Comparative Advantage is the annual undergraduate economics journal of Stanford University.  The journal accepts unpublished research papers, theses, course term papers, essays, opinion pieces, and reviews.  The journal accepts submissions from “work in any field of economics and in related disciplines, such as political science, public policy, international relations, management science, applied mathematics, business, and finance.”   
Deadline:            November 20, 2020 (Winter 2021 edition); other date TBD
Student Status:  Undergraduate students enrolled at two or four year universities
Reviewers:         All submissions are reviewed, and the reviewers “look for originality, compelling evidence, and strong analysis.”
Miscellaneous
:  Papers should not exceed 25 pages.  Two issues are published each year.  While authors may submit their work to other publications, they must withdraw it from consideration is the Stanford journal decides to publish it. 

 

Rolling Submissions Accepted

American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:      Online and print
Description:        AJUR is “a national, independent, faculty peer-reviewed, open-source, quarterly, multidisciplinary student research journal.”  AJUR accepts “new work in all fields…if the work demonstrates sufficient novelty and contribution to the field.”
Deadline:            No submission deadlines
Student Status:  Research must have conducted as an undergraduate; recent graduates may submit
Reviewers:          Faculty peer-reviewed.  The editorial board consists of approximately sixty professional subject editors in a wide variety of fields.  The subject editor finds three expert reviewers for submissions and may use a list of potential reviewers provided by the author.
Miscellaneous:   While AJUR does not limit page length, “the manuscript should be of a typical article length in your discipline.”  Your faculty mentor “should read, edit, and approve your manuscript for submission.”  Submitted manuscripts must not have been submitted or published elsewhere.  Acceptance rate is 22%. 

Berkeley Economic Review (BER) (economics, political science, public policy, business, statistics)
Online/Print:     Online; also printed magazine
Description:      Berkeley Economic Review “is the University of California, Berkeley’s premier undergraduate, peer-reviewed, academic economics journal.”  It publishes “undergraduate research papers, term papers, and honors theses in the field of economics, political science, public policy, business, statistics, and related fields. All undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university are welcome to submit content for review.
Deadline:          TBD for Fall 2021
Student Status: Undergraduate students
Reviewers:        100% student-run
Miscellaneous: No page limit.  There is “no policy against duplicate publication; however, if you have already submitted or published your work in another journal, you should check with that organization about their policy regarding duplicate publication.”

Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research (BJUR) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:     Online
Description:      BJUR “publishes original, scholarly research” by undergraduates from any university.  “BJUR builds upon and strengthens Butler’s commitment to quality undergraduate research by providing an outlet for the publication of outstanding undergraduate scholarship across the humanities, social and natural sciences.”  BJUR “recognizes and supports diverse disciplines, perspectives and methods across the social sciences, natural and life sciences, the arts and humanities.”
Deadline:            No deadline specified
Student Status:  Current undergraduate or recently graduated student (within previous 12 months)
Reviewers:          Submitted papers are reviewed by “faculty with general and specialized expertise in the field of study represented by the work.”  Final decisions are made by the editorial advisory board and the editors.    
Miscellaneous:   Book or literature reviews are not accepted.  Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or be currently under review elsewhere.  The student(s) must be the sole author(s) and “their submission must be accompanied by a letter from their college or university instructor/professor recommending the student(s)’ work for publication.”

Columbia Economic Review (CER) (economics)
Online/Print:     Online and print
Description:      CER is the “first undergraduate economics journal in the United States.”  It “aims to promote economics discourse and research at the intersection of business, politics, society and more by publishing a rigorous selection of student essays, opinions and research papers in a print journal released each semester.”   The journal publishes economic research by students at other universities.
Deadline:            Not specified
Student Status:  Current undergraduate students or “recent graduates”
Reviewers:          Past website noted -- “CER has a team of senior editors and editors who are selected for their academic accomplishments, superior writing skills and research experience. All submissions will be reviewed rigorously and [they] will select the papers best exemplifying strong analytic thought and originality.”  The editors are likely students, as the website states:   “CER is entirely led, organized, and operated by undergraduate students at Columbia across a multitude of academic disciplines.”
Miscellaneous:    Past website noted -- Papers should not exceed 40 pages.  No submission may have been previously published or currently be under consideration by another journal.  CER is “looking for seminar papers, research papers, theses, etc., on all fields related to economics.”

Inquiries Journal (all disciplines)
Online/Print:     Online
Description:      Inquiries Journal is an “open-access academic journal that highlights the work of students at the undergraduate level and above. The journal publishes work across a range of academic disciplines with a particular focus on the social sciences, arts, and humanities.”  The journal has “no official affiliation and is financially independent.”  Submissions are accepted from students at top universities around the world.
Deadline:            Rolling
Student Status:   Undergraduate and graduate students
Reviewers:          Not specified
Miscellaneous:   Papers should be at least 1,500 words.  Nearly 60% of the authors for Inquiries Journal are undergraduate students, with graduate students making up the remainder.  Acceptance rate in 2019 was 14%.

International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:       Online
Description:        IJURCA is a “peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors.”  The journal accepts submissions of research articles from undergraduate students in all academic fields from all institutions of higher learning.
Deadline:            Rolling
Student Status:  Current undergraduates
Reviewers:          Submissions “undergo a double-blind review by a minimum of two faculty members affiliated with institutions of higher learning from around the world… The faculty reviewers have expertise in disciplines closely related to those represented by the submission. When possible, the work is also reviewed by undergraduates in collaboration with the faculty reviewers.” 
Miscellaneous: “IJURCA is only able to accept and review works submitted sequentially (to one publication at a time) and not simultaneously (under review at multiple venues concurrently).” 

Journal of Undergraduate Research (JUR) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:     Online and print
Description:      JUR, operated out of Colorado State University, is a “peer-reviewed, undergraduate journal registered with the Library of Congress that accepts submissions of any subject, from any undergraduate institution.”  The journal accepts research, review, or journalism articles.
Deadline:            Rolling
Student Status:  Current undergraduates and recent graduates who submit their work up to one year after the date of their graduation 
Reviewers:        “Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate referees review submission and recommend a course of action for the work. All submissions are read by a member of the editorial staff; only those that seem likely to meet the standards of JUR are sent to referees in order to save time for authors and referees.”  JUR's “peer-review process is double-blind; authors and reviewers are never informed of each other's identities.”
Miscellaneous:   JUR is limited to 30 pages.  No submission may have been previously published or currently be under consideration by another journal.  Authors retain copyright ownership. 

Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ) (all disciplines)
Online/Print:      Online and print
Description:       SURJ is an “annual peer-reviewed publication of research articles from all academic fields.”  It “primarily publishes work produced by Stanford undergraduates, but also publishes papers from well-qualified students at other institutions.” 
Deadline:            Not specified
Student Status:  Current undergraduate students or former students who have been out of school no more than one year
Reviewers:        “All submitted papers undergo review by SURJ’s team of editors [students], who subsequently deliberate and select the best submitted papers for publication.”
Miscellaneous: Papers should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words.  Students should contact SURJ about their requirements related to prior publication/consideration someplace else – the website contains two completely contradictory statements on this issue. 

Undergraduate Economic Review (UER) (economics)
Online/Print:     Online
Description:      UER is a “peer-reviewed journal aimed at promoting high quality undergraduate research. It is supported by the Department of Economics and The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University.”  The UER “publishes articles by undergraduate researchers that have original ideas and economic content. Most articles have some empirical content.”
Deadline:          No deadlines; however, no review between May-August
Student Status: Undergraduates and recent graduates who did the work as undergrads; “[T]he student must request a letter from a faculty member at his or her institution, confirming that the manuscript was completed as part of the student's undergraduate work.”
Reviewers:        Student editors review submissions, and faculty advisors are involved 
Miscellaneous: Although there is no page limit requirement, most papers are between 15 and 30 pages.  Faculty should not be listed as authors.  Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or under review elsewhere.  Acceptance rates are generally between 40%-45% each year. 


The information listed above is obtained from the appropriate journal websites.  (3/2021)