Undergraduate journals are administered by students or universities as a way of supporting new researchers. You can write a paper for an undergraduate journal on a topic within your subject area, and can even rework past assignments and dissertations for submission. Some undergraduate journals will accept papers that are result of your collaboration with academics. By submitting to an undergraduate journal you are contributing to the breadth of knowledge in your chosen field, developing your understanding of the academic process, and engaging with the wider academic community. Publications also look great on your CV!
Reinvention is international, interdisciplinary, open-access, online, and peer-reviewed, making it a perfect choice for sharing your research. Reinvention was founded to offer students the opportunity to exchange ideas and information in an international academic community. Submissions are welcome from undergraduates, or undergraduate working collaboratively with academics, and are published twice a year. See the above website for submission guidelines.
This online journal publishes final-year dissertations (‘journal reports’) that were awarded a mark of 70% or above. At the end of each academic year all Psychology Departments in the UK are invited to submit (up to) two dissertations for publication online.
This online, open-access collection of proceedings is published annually to showcases undergraduate research papers presented at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR). Students of all disciplines are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances to the Conference, with the call for papers going out in Autumn. You must present at the conference if you want your paper published in the proceedings. More information about the conference including submission guidelines, can be found on the BCUR website.
The Journal for Qualitative Research in Sports Studies (JQRSS) is an excellent opportunity for you to receive mentoring from British and international scholars who have interest and experience in researching sport and physical education. Publishing in JQRSS may help you to showcase and share your research at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level; improve your confidence to present your ideas in an academic forum; and contribute to a growing body of qualitative research within the field of sport and physical education. Please see the above website for submission guidelines.
Emergent Scientist was developed to offer student scientists at the beginning of their careers the opportunity to discover peer-reviewed publishing and the publication process. The journal is of interest to those who might not want to pursue a career in research, but become engineers, analysts, consultants or the like – as they will rarely get the opportunity to experience the peer review process once they have left their academic studies.
Bioscience Horizons is a free online journal publishing the best undergraduate and taught masters bioscience research from around the world. All papers are written by students and can come from a variety of research projects. Manuscripts are rigorously reviewed by academic experts before publication.
Manuscripts can be submitted at any time of the year on a continuous publication basis. Submission guidelines are available from the above website.
If you are feeling adventurous, you may want to think about establishing your own student-led undergraduate journal. The BCUR has some helpful guidelines for students thinking about taking this step. You can also talk to your Librarian for more information.
The University has a commitment to Open Access scholarship and data management. To learn more about Open Access, visit our Open Access Blog.