Founded in 2004, the Journal of Undergraduate Research is a peer-reviewed, annual research publication in the College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame. The editorial staff, wholly comprised of undergraduate students, affirms the value of undergraduate research and works to provide a scholarly medium through which such work can be disseminated within the College. The Journal’s two formats—the online edition and the print edition—combine to reach the greatest possible number of readers. In the conveyance of research-based essays, we hope to recognize and to encourage high-quality research in the College.
In pursuit of these goals, the Journal takes shape by the following process:
- The editorial staff, comprised of members representing different departments in the College, vets each submission.
- The editors base their selections on criteria such as overall clarity of expression, originality of analysis, appropriateness of focus and scope, scholarly approach, and the like.
- For the online edition, the editors select papers from the departmental disciplines that best illustrate the above qualities.
- For the print edition, the editors choose three to five papers from among the departmental selections.