Write for the Abstract
The Abstract is MSURJ’s popular science blog where we publish informal articles on anything science related, including personal McGill science experiences. Those interested in sharing their passion for science are encouraged to submit!
Please submit your articles to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is MSURJ?
When the McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal (MSURJ) launched in Fall 2005 as a student-run initiative to promote and support undergraduate research, it was one of North America’s first peer-reviewed journals devoted to undergraduate work. The journal offers undergraduate students from any university the unique opportunity to publish their findings to the McGill research community.
The journal distinguishes itself with its rigorous editorial process; we hold our articles to a high standard of scientific acumen and writing quality: each incoming submission is first revised by our student editorial board. Qualifying articles are then submitted to our peer-reviewers, professors, and graduate students who hail from universities all over the world.
Our diverse editors, united by the mandate to promote undergraduate research, are involved in all journal operations, from soliciting research articles to coordinating the peer-review process and launching the journal. We encourage anyone with strong writing and editing skills and an academic interest in science to apply in the Fall semester of the school year.
In addition to providing students with the opportunity to participate directly in the publication process, MSURJ is always looking for ways to encourage student involvement in all things research. In the upcoming school year, we will be hosting a new array of scientific activities to the McGill community ranging from R-workshops to research seminars.
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MSURJ Editorial Board Review
All received submissions are first read and evaluated by the MSURJ editorial board, on the basis of the publication criteria. Rejected submissions are returned to the authors, with a point-form evaluation of the manuscript if requested.
The short-listed articles undergo the peer-review process. Copies of the manuscript are sent to the selected reviewers, who are knowledgeable professors or graduate students in the given field. Upon receipt of the reviews, the comments are combined with those of the editorial board to reach a decision of the article’s suitability for publication.
Conditional Acceptance or Rejection
The conditional publication decision, comments from reviewers, and, if requested, a point-form evaluation of the article justifying the decision are forwarded to the author. In order for publication of the article to proceed, outstanding issues in the manuscript must be amended in accordance with the recommendations and resubmitted.
Submissions Now Closed
We welcome original submissions from undergraduate students studying at any university. We publish research articles and review papers - interest pieces should be directed towards our blog, “The Abstract.” We always encourage authors to submit articles before the early deadline; although it does not improve your chances of acceptance, it allows for more time to complete all edits.
All articles are peer-reviewed by two or more professors or graduate students from the relevant field; all pieces also undergo rigorous style and copy-editing by our editorial board. Above all, we seek to publish well-written articles demonstrating scientific acumen as well as accessibility to the general scientific readership. We encourage authors to write engaging manuscripts and limit technical jargon.
Publish with MSURJ
Submission opening: November 9, 2020
All submissions must meet these criteria to be considered for publication:
Please refer to the following documents for further information and instructions regarding the article submission process. A template for LaTeX submissions is available for download below. The .zip file contains a class msurj-pan.cls that defines template features, a main.tex file which explains the main features and gives examples, a refs.bib example bibliography, and a folder containing MSURJ graphics. The project should compile without issue if you upload these 4 components to an Overleaf project. If you are using your own LaTeX compiler and have trouble using the template, please contact email@example.com.
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To submit, please place your article and pictures in a zip folder and email the zip folder and consent form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the express title "LAST NAME, FIRST NAME: Manuscript Submission"
Behind the Scenes
Meet the students who make MSURJ happen.
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interests: Immunology, HIV, vaccine development
General Interests: Travelling, running, baking, watercolour
Department: Math and Computer Science
Research Interests: Machine Learning applications, bioinformatics
General Interests: Hockey, reading
Managing Editor: Technology
Research Interests: Nonribosomal peptide synthetases, neurogenetics
General Interests: Soccer, cooking, web development
Managing Editor: Operations
Department: Biology and Computer Science
Research Interests: Multiple sclerosis, diffusion MRI, white matter tractography
General Interests: Paleontology, food, math
Managing Editor: Outreach
Research Interests: Synaptic plasticity, Alzheimer's disease
General Interests: Painting, hiking
Managing Editor: Logistics
Research Interests: Learning and memory in neural networks
General Interests: Swimming, baking, reading
Managing Editor: Journalism
Research Interests: Genetic engineering, bioethics
General Interests: Music history, rock climbing, and travelling
Managing Editor: Journalism
Research Interests: Neuron development, single molecule mRNA visualisation
General Interests: Playing piano, reading
Research Interests: Emergency medicine, neuroscience, cardiac surgery
General Interests: Playing piano, swimming, interrogation forensics, solving Rubik's cubes, suturing bananas
Department: Molecular Biology and English Literature
Research Interests: Mental illness, circadian rhythms, sleep
General Interests: Reading, drawing
Research Interests: Behavioural neuroscience, neural circuits, pain, drug addiction
General Interests: Films, photography, walking around the city
Department: Physics and Computer Science
Research Interests: Random graphs and discrete probability, quantum information
General Interests: Piano, reading
Research Interests: Structural biology, protein biochemistry, cancer
General Interests: Reading, playing video games, cooking, exercising
Department: Earth Systems Science
Research Interests: Carbon sequestration, invasive biology (invasive species)
General Interests: Frisbee, singing, listening to Spanish music
Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology
Research Interests: Endocrinology, surgery, neuroscience, tissue regeneration
General Interests: Cycling, running, reading
Department: Preparatory Medicine
Research Interests: Evolutionary biology, proteomics, immunology
General Interests: Drawing, film and cinema, hiking, rock music
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interests: Immunology, immunotherapy
General Interests: Cooking, running, swimming
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Research Interests: Behavioural neuroscience, evolutionary biology
General Interests: Reading, films, political theory, piano
The people who have made MSURJ great. Includes MSURJ board members from 2017 onward.