The submission deadline for the 2016-17 print edition has passed, but we accept submissions for the digital version on a rolling basis.

  • Download the full submission guidelines here.
  • Find an up to date outline of our peer review process here.
  • Download and fill out an author consent form here.
  • Submit your paper here.

General Information

Submission deadline for the 2016-2017 year is January 13th, 2017. Authors are encouraged to submit early. Only the first 50 submissions will be accepted. 

Rolling Submission System

This cycle, SFU SURJ will be adopting a rolling submissions system. Manuscripts will be evaluated by editors as they are received. If conditionally accepted, submissions will immediately enter the peer review process. Articles will be released digitally throughout the months leading up to the release of a print publication in September 2017, compiling the articles together. The final deadline to submit for the 2016-17 cycle is January 13th, 2017.


SFU SURJ accepts submissions from:

  • Current SFU undergraduate students who have conducted research at SFU or elsewhere.
  • Past SFU undergraduate students submitting research conducted at SFU or supervised by an SFU faculty member.
  • Undergraduate students who have carried out research at any accredited higher-education institution. Note that given two submissions of equal merit, preference will be given to one from SFU.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Submission must be from one of the following disciplines: biology, biomedical physiology, kinesiology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, molecular biology and biochemistry, physics, statistics, actuarial science, health science, environmental science, applied sciences, or any other recognized scientific discipline.
  • Research must be original and authored by the person submitting it.
  • Submission and research must be conducted during the author’s time as an undergraduate student at any institution.
  • Research must be no more than three years old at the time of submission.
  • All authors and co-authors must have read the SFU SURJ guidelines, and indicate their own consent to have the article submitted as well as the consent of their supervisor prior to submission. The consent form (see later) should be read, signed, and uploaded as a supplementary material during the submission process.
  • Authors retain all rights to their research, and work published in the SFU SURJ may be published elsewhere with consent of the journal in question. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to be aware of the policies of other journals with regards to republication.
  • All required documents must be received by the submission deadline. SFU SURJ reserves the right to decline any submission.

Article Types

Articles submitted to SFU SURJ fall into one of three categories:

  1. Research articles: These articles report original research carried out primarily by a student undertaking undergraduate studies. The research presented need not necessarily be novel as long as it is scientifically sound.
  2. Review articles: These articles summarize the current state of knowledge of a given topic in science. Building on the information gathered through a substantial number of peer-reviewed papers, review articles provide a thorough yet concise summary of the topic.
  3. Interest articles: These articles present a more informal setting in which to share science news, opinion pieces, interviews, editorials, and less structured research. Articles that fall into this category should be directed to our website.

Authorship Agreement

The Simon Fraser University Science Undergraduate Research Journal (SFU SURJ) is a student journal intended for educational purposes. As such, we ask authors for only the following rights:

  • the non-exclusive right to reproduce the submission in any medium, including but not limited to online, paper, audio or video
  • the right to keep more than one copy of submissions for the purposes of preservation and back-up
  • the right to include submissions in future works published by SFU SURJ (ex: special editions, collected works, etc.)

In particular, our authorship agreement allows authors to submit their manuscripts to other journals following publication in SFU SURJ. Authors retain all rights to their work and intellectual property. Work carried out in conjunction with other students or professors requires that all co-authors, supervisors and other relevant parties indicate their consent to proceed with submitting to SFU.