For undergraduates looking to build their research portfolios before moving into careers or graduate programs, the University of North Georgia (UNG) is calling for submissions to its third issue of Papers and Pubs, a Southeastern interdisciplinary journal of undergraduate research that, like the university, supports research in all disciplines.
Papers and Pubs — short for Papers and Publications — is an online and print journal published by the University Press of North Georgia, and is supported by UNG's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Dr. Bonnie Robinson, professor of English and production editor of Papers and Pubs, said the publication fills a gap in undergraduate research publications.
"While many Southeast regional journals of undergraduate research exist, they tend to specialize in the sciences and mathematics, and are lacking in the humanities and arts," Robinson said. "Papers and Pubs publishes in all disciplines of undergraduate research, and gives students experience in professional publishing."
The journal supports UNG's mission by providing an outlet for students to submit undergraduate research based on their own inquiry and creativity. For many students, this leads to greater exposure to undergraduate and graduate research. The journal also offers an opportunity for UNG students and college students across the Southeast to submit and publish research outside the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including cross-disciplinary work.
Jessica Murray, a senior at UNG, had her anthropology and biology research featured in Papers and Pubs. Murray worked with her fellow students and Rosann Kent, director of UNG's Appalachian Studies Center, to build a bridge between UNG and the community by collecting heirloom seeds. Murray said the effort to preserve local traditions and food is about capturing important keys to self-sufficiency and preserving the genetic diversity of our food. Their goal was to create a reproducible model for other universities to employ.
"Publishing our paper was a great opportunity to provide visibility and legitimacy to our research. Now, other individuals and university programs may reference our research, expanding upon it and improving it," Murray said. "I am really proud to have been a part of that. And personally, it has taken me places I never dreamed of going."
A faculty and student editorial board and established peer-review process ensures that works featured in Papers and Pubs make an intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline or to applied practice.
Papers and Pubs requires that all submissions must have previously completed a review process either through work done in capstone or research methods courses or campus-wide conferences, or at other universities. This allows students to learn the professional writing and research practice of implementing feedback and to participate in a community of scholars and scholarship.
"I will graduate from my undergraduate program having experienced the publication process, and I am confident that it will aid me in future endeavors," Murray said.
The deadline for submissions for the third issue of Papers and Pubs is Feb. 15. Original work submitted by students must have been presented at a conference, showcase, or capstone course either on their own campus or at a regional or national conference site. The work must have been completed while the student was an undergraduate. To submit an article and receive further instruction on requirements, please click here, then click "Submit Article" on the right sidebar.