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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.
  • Primary author must be a current Cornell University undergraduate or have graduated from Cornell within the last year. One individual may not be the primary author for more than one submission per cycle.
  • Manuscripts must describe original research/work that contributes new knowledge and/or understanding to its respective field. Manuscripts must not be published in or currently under review for any other journal.
  • A signed Research supervisor/Mentor/Faculty sponsor approval form must be uploaded with the submission. This form is available on the author guidelines page.
  • If the manuscript includes work involving the use of human and/or animal subjects, it must have occurred with approval from the necessary associations (IRB, IACUC), and include a statement to that effect in the manuscript.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.docx) file format. A separate, plain text file of the references cited will also be included with the submission.
  • Author agrees to the journal's policies.

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Preparing and Submitting a Manuscript to CURJ

How to Submit

  • Click the REGISTER link in the upper right corner of this site to create a new user account.
  • Once you have completed the registration process, visit your dashboard, available via the user icon in the upper right hand corner.
  • Click the Submissions link (upper left hand corner of the website) and follow the instructions to begin a new submission.

Items Included in Submission

  • Summary Statement (see guidelines below)
  • Manuscript (.docx file) (see guidelines below)
  • Completed, signed Research supervisor/Mentor/Faculty sponsor approval form (PDF)
  • 3-5 keywords that represent the submission
  • Optional: Supplementary materials such as data sets, multimedia, etc. (only included in online journal).

Summary Statement

  • 150-200 words
  • Provide a non-technical overview of the submission’s contents that focuses on the conclusions drawn from the work
  • Should be understandable by non-experts in the field
  • No citations

Manuscript Guidelines

  • Must include: Title, Abstract, Main text, Figures/Tables with captions (if applicable), References
    • Specific Guidelines for each section below
  • Must be anonymized (remove names, class year, course names, lab/PI name, etc.).
  • 2500-5000 words (doesn’t include title, abstract, figures, captions, references)
  • Save as .docx file
  • Include line numbers
  • Double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins
  • Free from grammar and spelling errors


  • Concise, Informative title.
  • Length:  no more than 12 words
  • 12 point Times New Roman font


  • 100-250 words
  • Concisely summarize your work’s aims, methods, results, and conclusions
  • No citations

Main Text

  • Should be structured as is commonplace in the field
    • ex) Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion
  • Recommended to include section headings and subheadings
  • 12 point Times New Roman font


  • Should explain specialized materials and techniques utilized for experimentation or data collection
    • ex) “100mL of solution X was utilized in accordance to the methodology developed by Researcher Y”
    • Methodology should be replicable for future research
  • Statistical Analysis
    • For quantitative data: Statistical analysis programs (SPSS, Excel, RStudio, etc.) and tests (Chi Square, t-test, ANOVA, etc.) should be named. Specific parameters set for each statistical test should also be mentioned (degrees of freedom in Chi square tests, alpha values for t-tests, etc.)
    • For qualitative data: Method of data collection (random sampling, etc.) and explanation of how any quantitative values were attributed to qualitative data for statistical analysis (aforementioned information on program and test utilization should be mentioned if applicable).
  • Source collection
    • Point out how and where sources were collected from and if there are any biases in these sources
    • Explain exactly how sources were found (database, search terms/keywords used, etc.)


  • Tables should be in text format
  • All tables should include a title above them
    • ex) Table 1. Title
  • All figures should include a title and/or caption below them
    • ex) Figure 1. Title. Description of Figure
  • Titles/Captions should be 10 pt Times New Roman single-spaced
  • All figures/tables must be referenced in the main text
    • ex) (Table 1) or “As shown in Table 1…”
  • Can be integrated with the main text, at the end of the main text, or a separate file) (will request a file of high-quality images if submission is selected)
  • Figures/tables must not have been published anywhere else


  • All in-text references should be cited in main text as (Author, Year)
  • Reference list in APA 7th edition format.
  • Include the complete DOI whenever available: ex) Baniya, S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and experience design: Negotiating community-oriented digital research with service-learning. Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement, 6(1), 11–16.
  • Other URLs (non-DOI URLs) should be specified completely (i.e., not just, and should not include search strings, session ids, or other extraneous information.
  • In addition the references included within your submission, we also require that references be entered into the article metadata as part of the submission process. Essential requirements for formatting references for metadata:
    • We suggest working in a text editor (TextEdit on a mac, Notepad on a PC) to prepare this reference list. These programs work better than MS-Word, which can have trouble with diacritics and some symbols and punctuation.
    • References must be in alphabetical order, or presented as a numbered list.
    • No line breaks within a reference.
    • Spell out author names each time. Do not use "____" or "ibid." or other, similar conventions.
    • If references already include DOIs, include them at the end of the reference, prefaced by "DOI: "(

Acknowledgements (optional)

Keep acknowledgements brief and do not include thanks to anonymous referees or editors, or effusive comments. Grant or contribution numbers may be acknowledged.

Other considerations:

  • If selected, author will be required to correspond with the CURJ editorial team via email in a timely manner
  • If selected, will require an author headshot and short biography (around 100 words)
  • If you have any questions, please email


All articles that pass a preliminary editorial review are peer-reviewed. Peer review is double-blind and performed by Cornell graduate students. The CURJ team copyedits and prepares articles for final publication.