Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Undergraduate Research Journal (URJe) is a multi-modal, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed annual publication for undergraduate research and creative works.

URJe is committed to showcasing student works of inquiry and investigation in a variety of genres – mainly research articles, essays, and reviews, but other forms of excellent student work may be considered (e.g. creative writing, documentaries, business proposals and audio/visual recordings of various artistic forms of expression).

URJe is maintained jointly by the Office for Undergraduate Research and the School of Libraries and Learning Technologies at the American University of Cairo.

The publication is provided free of charge, and there are no costs of any kind for authors.

This journal does not require authors to pay APCs or submission charges.


Section Policies

Research Articles

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Book Reviews

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Creative Writing

Short stories, poetry, scriptwriting, creative non-fiction is acceptable.

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FYRE Place

Papers completed in a first-year course may be submitted.

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The Authors' Challenge

These are papers completed by students enrolled in The Authors' Challenge - AUC's writing competition.

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Multimedia Projects

These include projects such as artwork and musical composition, podcast, etc.

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Peer Review Process

The URJe Editorial Board, consisting of faculty members from different disciplines, blind-reviews all submissions and publishes a selection of works that make an original intellectual or creative contribution at a high level of scholarship and expression.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


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.

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