URJe Submission Guidelines

Author Guidelines

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You may submit contributions in a variety of accepted file formats, including .doc/ .docx/ .pdf/ .mp3/

Text submissions should not exceed 4,000 words. During the submission process, you will be required to provide an abstract of not more than 250 words, as well as 10-15 keywords. 

Format text using double-spacing; font: Times New Roman or Arial MS Unicode; 12 point; 1 inch (2.5 cm) margins. Use the system of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for transliteration of Arabic text.

Use a citation format acceptable to your discipline (e.g. APA, Chicago, MLA or other). Only citations referred to in-text should be listed in the references, and vice versa.  Do not switch across citation styles.

Avoid footnotes. Extraneous information should be provided in endnotes. Keep long quotations to a maximum of 400 cumulative words. 

Write out numbers if they are from one through ten, at the beginning of a sentence or when used in approximate terms. 

Test any web links for functionality and accuracy before submission.

Caption and credit, if necessary, all tables, graphs, figures, artwork and photography.

Include tables, graphs, figures, artwork and photography at the appropriate place in your file, in .jpeg format, at minimum resolution of 300 dpi.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in comments to the editor).

The submission file is in an acceptable file format (OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect).

Where available, URLs for the references have been provided, and have been checked.

The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


Copyright Notice

By submitting your work, you are granting permission for the work to be published in this journal, and agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

If you have already submitted your work to another publication you must notify the Editorial Board at urje@aucegypt.edu to clarify copyright issues.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Ethical Guidelines

Source use and documentation

Students submitting work for publication are expected to abide by ethical standards in terms of source use, in-text citation and documentation. According to the standards listed on www.turnitin.com, all of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit 
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks 
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation 
  • Changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit 
  • Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Please acquaint yourself with the AUC policies on academic integrity. Please refer to the Research Resources page if you need help with documentation.

Working with Human Subjects

The Undergraduate Research Journal expects students to adhere to ethical standards for research involving human subjects. If your research involves interviewing, surveying or observing human subjects, please make sure you acquire Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Check out the AUC IRB procedures before you begin the research. 

Working with Animal Subjects in Science Experiments

In the case of use of vertebrate animals, you must abide by the following rules:

  1. All experimental procedures and designs require the avoidance of creating conditions in which the animal experiences mistreatment, discomfort, distress or pain. Otherwise proper anesthesia must be employed.
  2. Animals used in experiments that cause severe pain must be euthanized as soon as the experiments are concluded.


Submission Process

Submit electronically here.