Submission, review and publication process

Internal Submissions

UJEMI two-stage publication process (refer to figure below). Stage 1 follows the general process of completing a CURE-based project. Data generated from the project is summarized in a draft manuscript which undergoes review by the instructor and/or teaching assistant(s) before publication in UJEMI. Student teams have the option of going through stage 2 which follows the peer review process before being published in UJEMI+.

External Submissions

UJEMI+ accepts external submissions of novel, broadly relevant undergraduate research in microbiology and immunology. Manuscripts submitted from institutions outside of UBC are reviewed by the editor and, if suitable, are advanced to peer review. Externally submitted manuscripts are not required to be tied to a CURE experience, but are subject to the same stringent peer-review process as UBC-based manuscripts. We require a formal endorsement from a course instructor or researcher who mentored the student authors. Published manuscripts include a section explicitly acknowledging this endorsement. See About UJEMI to decide if your manuscript fits within the scope of this journal.

Peer review Process

Our objective is to facilitate a learning experience for student authors, regardless of publication outcome. Therefore, UJEMI+ provides a guided publication experience that is more educational and supportive than traditional scientific journals. We use a structured review template that encourages constructive feedback, such as asking for information or ideas that may have been overlooked and soliciting alternative interpretations where reviewers disagree with students’ conclusions. Though we do not specifically train or coach our reviewers (to ensure objectivity), we do introduce the specific aims of UJEMI+ when soliciting reviewers. Senior editors guide student authors throughout the process including meeting to discuss the purpose of peer-review before giving the reviews back to the students. In these meetings, students discuss the value of feedback and prepare to face criticism with a focus on improvement rather than defensiveness. Maintaining this approach is one of the main motivations for establishing a junior/senior editor training structure and focusing on institutionalized consistency within UJEMI.