Journal policies

Open access and copyright policy

The Cornell Undergraduate Research Journal provides immediate and open access to published content. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license that allows others to use and share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Publication fees

The Cornell Undergraduate Research Journal does not charge authors submission or publication fees.

Human subjects and animal research policy

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.

Research data policy

To promote open, reproducible and verifiable research, authors are encouraged to share the data underlying their submissions by depositing it in Cornell's open scholarship repository (eCommons) or another suitable repository. A data availability statement is required (sample text is available in the author guidelines). Data may include numeric data, text, code or scripts, images, audio, video, or other content. Data may also be made available as supplementary material to the article, but deposit to a repository enables direct citation of the data and is preferred. Authors planning to share their data are advised to consult with the Research Data Management Service Group, regardless of their choice of repository, for assistance with preparing and documenting their data for deposit.

Conflict of interest policy

Editors and reviewers with a conflict of interest with any submission are expected to recuse themselves from review and the editorial process.

Author name change policy

Authors who have changed their name for any reason may request that CURJ articles published under a previously used name be updated to reflect their new name. No legal documentation or proof  is required. Upon receipt of the request, staff will update all CURJ metadata and  content. To protect the author’s privacy, CURJ does not issue correction notices or notify co-authors of the name change. Name change requests may be sent to

Privacy policy

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. See also Cornell University Library's privacy policy.