Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

OKJUR publishes original research project findings, outcomes or creative products by undergraduate students while enrolled at any Oklahoma higher education institution.  Qualifying research projects may be in any academic discipline or encompass interdisciplinary topics, but all work must have been conducted under the mentorship of a faculty member.  Submission categories include:

  • Business
  • Education and Professional Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Note: Literature reviews are not eligible for publication in the OKJUR.

 

Section Policies

Business


TOPIC AREAS: The Business section invites submissions in all business disciplines and applied research related to for-profit and non-profit organizations that are related to any aspect of business research, practice, policy, and theory, bringing to its readership important business disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary findings.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in business must also conform to these guidelines: Click Here to Download.

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Jeanetta Sims
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Education and Professional Studies


TOPIC AREAS: The Education and Professional Studies section encourages manuscript submissions in all such related areas. Topics focused on broad and specific educational domains can include, but are not limited to the following: educational research in rural, urban, and suburban schools, pre-service teaching, health and physical education, school counseling, school leadership theories, best practice in teaching and learning, literacy, and teacher efficacy.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in education and professional studies must also conform to these guidelines: Click Here to Download.

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Allyson Watson
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Fine Arts


TOPIC AREAS: The Fine Arts section encompasses the areas of music and the visual arts.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in fine arts must also conform to these guidelines: Click Here to Download.

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Brandon Hendrix
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Humanities


TOPIC AREAS: The Humanities section encourages manuscript submissions in such areas as Art History, Classics, Composition, English, Ethnic Studies, Film and Media Studies, Gender Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Popular Culture Studies, Religious Studies, Theatre, and the humanistic dimensions of social sciences such as anthropology and sociology.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in humanities must also conform to these guidelines: 

The manuscript should be no longer than 25 pages in length (excluding notes, graphs, pictures, and  a works cited page), and be formatted in double-spaced 12-point type with margins of at least one inch. Submissions should adhere to either the Chicago Manual of Style or the MLA Handbook. The file format may include the following: .doc or .docx

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Katherine Pandora
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Life Sciences


TOPIC AREAS: The Life Sciences section invites submissions that encompass research from molecular and cellular biology, organismal and population biology, ecology and environmental science, etc.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in the life sciences must also conform to these guidelines: Click Here to Download.

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Kristen Baum
  • Andrea Holgado
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Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering


TOPIC AREAS: The Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering section encourages manuscript submission in all such related areas. Topics may include all areas of mathematics, physics and astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, biochemistry and all branches of engineering.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering must also conform to these guidelines: Click Here to Download.

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Ron Halterman
  • Ajay Kumar
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Social and Behavioral Sciences


TOPIC AREAS: The Social and Behavioral Sciences section invites submissions in all disciplines encompassing the social and behavioral sciences. Keeping in mind the cross-cutting themes that characterize research in social and behavioral sciences and the pursuit of new knowledge, a wide variety of methodological approaches are acceptable, including: surveys and questionnaires, interviews, direct observation, recording, descriptive methods, field experiments, standardized tests, economic analyses, statistical modeling, ethnography, and evaluation.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the section policy included below, all submissions should adhere to the disciplinary mode of presentation including content, stylistic and bibliographic guidelines appropriate to the field of study.  All submissions, regardless of field of study, should meet the following criteria:

  1. The submission describes the purpose and significance of the research clearly for a general, multi-disciplinary audience.
  2. The research described is original and relevant to the field of study.
  3. The project is well designed and executed.
  4. Results are thoughtfully interpreted and thoroughly analyzed.
  5. Conclusions are logically supported through results and citations.
  6. Supporting materials (illustrations, graphs, audio/video recordings and notes) reinforce descriptions and claims made in the submission.
  7. The submission is well-written, efficiently organized and easy to follow.
  8. The submission is free of spelling, grammatical and other writing errors.

All submissions in the social and behavioral sciences must conform to these guidelines: Click Here to Download.

ATTENTION: Personal identification information must be removed from all manuscripts before submitting to the OKJUR to ensure blind review.

Editors
  • Tony Wohlers
  • John Wood
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Peer Review Process

The Oklahoma Journal of Undergraduate Research (OKJUR) maintains a double-blind review process that aims to ensure the scholastic value of academic research by equitably verifying the content and methodological validity of all submissions in a timely manner.  All submissions are evaluated by at least two reviewers selected from a pool of eligible reviewers1 by the section editor2 responsible for the submission’s field of study.  The submission’s appropriate section editor will direct the review process and, subject to the approval of the OKJUR editor-in-chief, make publication decisions (“accept submission,” “revisions required,” “resubmit for review,” “resubmit elsewhere,” or “decline submission”) based on the recommendations of the reviewers.  Submissions will be evaluated according to the criteria indicated in the OKJUR’s “author guidelines” as well as any additional guidelines stipulated by the submission’s section editor.  Confidential and anonymous editorial review comments will be sent to authors for their information and use.

1. Eligible reviewers must be current faculty researchers at an Oklahoma institution of higher education (public or private) who have been approved by the OKJUR Advisory Board. To be considered for as an eligible reviewer, send the following information to Linda Mason (lmason@osrhe.edu) for consideration: (1) name, (2) title, (3) academic department, (4) institutional affiliation, (5) topic area(s) for review, and (6) curriculum vitae.

2. Section editors must be current faculty researchers at an Oklahoma institution of higher education (public or private) who have been approved by the OKJUR Advisory Board. Section editors serve terms of three years.  To be considered as a section editor, send the following information to Linda Mason (lmason@osrhe.edu) for consideration: (1) name, (2) title, (3) academic department, (4) institutional affiliation, (5) section area preference, and (6) curriculum vitae.

 

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.

 

Publication Release

ALL SUBMISSIONS to the OKJUR must include a signed Publication Release to be considered for publication.