• Now Accepting Submissions for Volume XVI

    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 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.

     

    Submission opening: November 9, 2020
    Early deadline: December 7, 2020
    Final deadline: January 15, 2020
     
    Please see further instructions in the Publish section below.

  • MSURJ Volume XV

  • 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.

    Writing

    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.

    Editing

    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.

    Events

    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.

      

    For more information on our upcoming events, please like us on Facebook

  • Peer-Review Process

    The steps to publishing with MSURJ.

    1

    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.

     

    2

    Peer-Review

     

    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.

     

    3

    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.

  • Publish with MSURJ

    Submission opening: November 9, 2020

    Early deadline: December 7, 2020
    Final deadline: January 15, 2020

     

    All submissions must meet these criteria to be considered for publication:

    1. The article, in the following format:
      • All papers should be double-spaced throughout.
      • Limit length to ~4000 words.  We will tolerate up to 4500 words, although this is not ideal. These numbers exclude references.
      • Article must be in .doc, .docx, or .tex format.
      • Font: Times New Roman, 12-point font.
      • Format citations and references in Vancouver style only.
    2. Signed Consent Form (we consider the submission an automatic rejection without it). 
    3. Separate file containing figures, appropriately labelled.
      • Individual figures, appropriately labelled. 
        • Minimum image resolution is 300 DPI.
        • .tiff, .png, or .jpg format.
      • Document with appropriately labelled figure and table captions. Each caption is to begin with the text “Fig. #” or “Table #” in boldface.
      • If you wish to include any previously published table or figure, you must include a written permission from the main author.

     

    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 viet.hoang@mail.mcgill.ca.

     

    Click for Author Instructions.

    Click for Consent Form.

    Click for LaTeX Template.

     

    To submit, please place your article and pictures in a zip folder and email the zip folder and consent form to applymsurj.sus@mail.mcgill.ca with the express title "LAST NAME, FIRST NAME: Manuscript Submission"

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  • Behind the Scenes

    Meet the students who make MSURJ happen.

    Jacqueline Yao

    Editor-in-Chief

    Department: Microbiology and Immunology

    Research Interests: Immunology, HIV, vaccine development

    General Interests: Travelling, running, baking, watercolour

    Michael Agaby

    Editor-in-Chief

    Department: Math and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Machine Learning applications, bioinformatics

    General Interests: Hockey, reading

    John Ni

    Managing Editor: Technology

    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Nonribosomal peptide synthetases, neurogenetics

    General Interests: Soccer, cooking, web development

    Viet Hoang

    Managing Editor: Operations

    Department: Biology and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Multiple sclerosis, diffusion MRI, white matter tractography

    General Interests: Paleontology, food, math

    Alina He

    Managing Editor: Outreach

    Department: Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Synaptic plasticity, Alzheimer's disease

    General Interests: Painting, hiking

    Jenny Zheng

    Managing Editor: Logistics

    Department: Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Learning and memory in neural networks

    General Interests: Swimming, baking, reading

    Laura Meng

    Senior Editor

    Department: Medicine

    Research Interests: Emergency medicine, neuroscience, cardiac surgery

    General Interests: Playing piano, swimming, interrogation forensics, solving Rubik's cubes, suturing bananas

    Katharine Kocik

    Senior Editor

    Department: Molecular Biology and English Literature

    Research Interests: Mental illness, circadian rhythms, sleep

    General Interests: Reading, drawing

    Sofia Reynoso

    Senior Editor

    Department: Biology

    Research Interests: Genetic engineering, bioethics

    General Interests: Music history, rock climbing, and travelling

    Ryan Huang

    Senior Editor

    Department: Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Neuron development, single molecule mRNA visualisation

    General Interests: Playing piano, reading

    Janet Zhao

    Editor

    Department: Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Behavioural neuroscience, neural circuits, pain, drug addiction

    General Interests: Films, photography, walking around the city

    Anna Brandenberger

    Editor

    Department: Physics and Computer Science

    Research Interests: Random graphs and discrete probability, quantum information

    General Interests: Piano, reading

    Aamir Wahhab

    Editor

    Department: Biochemistry

    Research Interests: Structural biology, protein biochemistry, cancer

    General Interests: Reading, playing video games, cooking, exercising

    Aelis Spiller

    Editor

    Department: Earth Systems Science

    Research Interests: Carbon sequestration, invasive biology (invasive species)

    General Interests: Frisbee, singing, listening to Spanish music

    Muhammad Shahzad

    Editor

    Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology

    Research Interests: Endocrinology, surgery, neuroscience, tissue regeneration

    General Interests: Cycling, running, reading

    David Derish

    Editor

    Department: Preparatory Medicine

    Research Interests: Evolutionary biology, proteomics, immunology

    General Interests: Drawing, film and cinema, hiking, rock music

    Hugh Deng

    Editor

    Department: Microbiology and Immunology

    Research Interests: Immunology, immunotherapy

    General Interests: Cooking, running, swimming

    Mina Mahdi

    Editor

    Department: Biomedical Sciences

    Research Interests: Behavioural neuroscience, evolutionary biology

    General Interests: Reading, films, political theory, piano

  • MSURJ Alumni

    The people who have made MSURJ great. Includes MSURJ board members from 2017 onward.

    Howard Li

    Editor-in-Chief (2020)

    Carrie Gu

    Managing Editor: Technology (2020)

    Yingke Liang

    Managing Editor: Logistics (2020)

    Mathilde Papillon

    Managing Editor: Journalism (2020)

    Janet Wilson

    Managing Editor: Outreach (2020)

    Shannon Egan

    Senior Editor (2020)

    Janet Tang

    Senior Editor (2020)

    Richard Yang

    Senior Editor (2020)

    Elias Andraos

    Editor (2020)

    Sebastian Andric

    Editor-in-Chief (2019)

    Abtin Ameri

    Managing Editor: Technology (2018)

    Deifilia To

    Managing Editor: Journalism (2018)

    Graydon Tope

    Managing Editor: Outreach (2018)

    Rachel Greben

    Editor-in-Chief (2017)

    Nick Pant

    Editor-in-Chief (2017)

    Cheng Lin

    Editor (2017)

  • Contact Us

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    Montréal, QC H3A 2K6

    Email: msurj.sus@mail.mcgill.ca

    P. 514.398.6979 | F. 514.398.6766 (Science Undergraduate Society)

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