Guidelines and Policies

The Undergraduate Review is an annual journal of research and creative scholarship by Bridgewater State University (BSU) undergraduate students, mentored by BSU faculty.

Who Can Submit?

Bridgewater State University undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are welcome to submit work completed in a BSU course or mentored by a BSU faculty member. The journal publishes research papers, creative writing, excerpts of honors theses, photography and other visual art, and research briefs.

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General Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts and visual art to be considered for the 2016 volume of The Undergraduate Review should be submitted through the online form by December 18, 2015. Please complete the submission form in its entirety and then attach the manuscript as a Microsoft Word document; submissions of visual art can be attached as JPEG files. Also attach, if applicable, images, graphs, formulae, etc. that should accompany the manuscript.

Please consult the Submission Checklist to make sure your manuscript is complete and correctly formatted.

Because manuscripts are “blind reviewed,” please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere in the attached documents (including headers and footers) or their filenames.

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Formatting Requirements


  • Editable (as opposed to “read-only”) Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx).
  • Double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. Submissions should be no longer than 20 double-spaced pages.
  • Bold and italics where appropriate, but no other formatting, please.
  • No headers or footers.
  • Endnotes rather than footnotes, if applicable.
  • Bibliography at the end, in the citation format required by your faculty mentor and/or discipline (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

Figures (Charts, Graphs, Tables):

  • Up to six figures (charts, graphs, tables) can be included in a manuscript.
  • Figures created and saved in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Word, or MATH-Type work well. Contact Managing Editor Stacy Moskos at stacy.moskos@bridgew.edu with questions about figures created with other software.
  • Because The Undergraduate Review is printed in black & white and grayscale, charts and graphs should not be color dependent.

Photos, Images, and Graphics:

  • Up to six photos, images, or graphic designs can be included in a written manuscript.
  • A submission of a visual art project, however, may include up to 10 photos, images, and/or graphic designs.
  • Photos should be in digital format saved as JPEG files.
  • Photos and graphics should be high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) so they reproduce at a high quality. (Images from the Internet are not acceptable for publication due to their low resolution.)
  • The Undergraduate Review will convert color images to black & white, or grayscale.

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Manuscript Review Policy

The Undergraduate Review uses a double-blind faculty review process, which means that the student-author’s name is not shared with the faculty reviewer, and the reviewer’s name is not shared with the student-author, nor with his or her mentor. The editorial board will contact the student-author and mentor in early February 2016 with its decision, along with any request for revisions.

Author Rights and Copyright

Authors retain all rights to their manuscripts. The text[s] published in The Undergraduate Review are the property of the individual contributors and may not be reprinted or duplicated without their consent.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Requests for permission to reuse the articles should be sent to the author(s). Authors of works published in The Undergraduate Review retain all proprietary rights, including copyright ownership. Except as permitted by fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.), any reproduction, republishing, posting, distribution or remixing of articles, reviews or other works published in this journal requires the express written permission of the copyright owner.

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Submission Checklist

Manuscripts and visual art to be considered for the 2016 volume of The Undergraduate Review should be submitted through the online form by December 18, 2015. Before submitting a manuscript for review, please ensure:

  1. Your name or other personally identifying information does not appear in your manuscript (including headers and footers) and is not part of the filename.
  2. The title of the paper appears on the first page.
  3. Names of any coauthors appear on the first page and on the submission form. (Note: Papers coauthored by a faculty mentor or professor are not eligible for The Undergraduate Review.)
  4. A short biographical statement (50-100 words) is ready to be pasted in to the submission form.
  5. A high-resolution profile photo of you (JPEG format) is ready to be attached to the submission form.
  6. Your manuscript (.doc or .docx) and any additional files (accompanying charts, graphs, photos) are ready to be attached to the submission form.

To submit your manuscript, use the online submission form. Acknowledgement of receipt of your submission will be sent by email.

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