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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Authors must be undergraduates or recent graduates (within six months of graduation) when the manuscript is submitted.
  • All manuscripts must be submitted by the student author(s) through the online system.
  • An initial letter to the editor is sent to the editorial team describing the submission, contact information for the author(s) and any additional information the editorial team may need to know.
  • Once the student manuscript has be submitted, the instructor must email a note to the editor (ujslcbr@uncw.edu) stating that the essay was written by the student.
  • Manuscript submissions should be double-spaced, size 12 point font, Times New Roman font. Exceptions to this guideline include Research Done in Partnership with a Community Organization as well as Open Category submissions in diverse formats.
  • Indicate the category for which you are submitting your manuscript.
  • All submissions that cite sources must follow the American Psychological Association Style 6th Edition for documenting sources in the text and in the References page.
  • All authors/researchers utilizing human subjects in their research must have obtained informed consent from the participants. The Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research encourages undergraduate researchers to discuss with their faculty mentors how their projects can be structured to safeguard the rights and privacy of individuals involved as research subjects.
  • Include the author's name, address, institutional affiliation, e-mail address (make sure you can be reached at this email if you are graduating) and phone number with your submission.
  • By submitting a manuscript here you are affirming that it has not been or will not be published elsewhere, and it is not currently under review anywhere else.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research invites undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and advance knowledge in service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based community partnerships. These go by many additional names, such as community-based learning, community-based writing, public scholarship, publicly-engaged learning/teaching, etc.

The journal is committed to undergraduate involvement in academic and community partnerships.


Community service and volunteer activities that are not directly linked with a course, independent study, senior or honors thesis, and/or research project mentored by an instructor do not fall within the scope of this journal.

All submissions must adhere to the Submission Guidelines included below.

In each category, a published piece will contribute to existing knowledge in a particular subject area and/or in the scholarship on service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based community partnerships.

The journal will publish written work by undergraduates in the following six categories. Please note that the categories are meant to be a guide for various kind of intellectual and creative work. The editorial team realizes that the categories overlap. The examples provided below are among many, many possibilities. If you are uncertain about the category for your work, please talk to your professor and/or contact the journal editor, Jill Waity, at ujslcbr@uncw.edu 

If the editorial team believes your submission would fit better in a category different from the one you selected, we will let you know. We will never turn away a submission simply because we don't think the category selected is the best fit!

Review Process 

The editorial team at Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is committed to a professional, efficient, and fair review process. So you know what to expect when you submit a manuscript for publication consideration, we have outlined our procedures below.

  1. All submissions will first be read by the editor.
  2. The editor will send submissions that fit the journal's general specifications to a faculty mentor, a scholar-teacher familiar with service learning and community-based research. When possible, the editor will send a submission to faculty mentors in the student's discipline. 
  3. The faculty mentor will make one of four decisions: Accept, Accept with Minor Revisions, Revise and Resubmit, or Reject. 
  4. If a decision is Accept, the manuscript moves to the editorial stage. The author will be contacted with instructions.
  5. If a decision is Accept with Minor Revisions or Revise and Resubmit, the author will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript in accordance with the faculty mentor’s revision feedback. Revise and Resubmit is a common response by reviewers, and even well-known scholars frequently receive this response. When resubmitting revisions, please include a letter to the editor with an overview of  the changes that have been made to the submission.
  6. Submitters should be aware that most published articles will undergo rigorous and deep revision before being accepted for publication.