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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I become an author?

In order to be an author of a manuscript submitted for publication, students must have contributed significantly to the research project. For instance, students could have been involved in the conception and design of the research question, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of the data. Also, the student that is listed as first author of the manuscript must have contributed significantly to the writing and revision of the submission.

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I am an undergrad student here at UWO, and I conducted my research elsewhere. Can I still publish in WURJHNS?

The only requirement to publish an article in the WURJHNS is that the first author of the manuscript must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UWO. Therefore, if UWO students conduct research at other institutions, their manuscripts can still be published in WURJHNS.

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What type of articles does WURJHNS accept?

WURJHNS is currently accepting original research papers, research progress reports, mini review articles, briefing notes and essays. We are also accepting editorials for our 'students in the field' section. The requirements for each section are provided in the WURJHNS submissions guidelines.

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What is the Students in the Field section?

The Students in the Field section was created to feature the global volunteer work undertaken by students at UWO. For this section, students are able to submit editorials that reflect on their experiences volunteering. Please see the WURJHNS submissions guidelines for the requirements of this section. It is hoped that the Students in the Field section will raise awareness about global issues and encourage other UWO students to become involved as volunteers.

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What is the deadline for submitting articles?

Articles can be submitted at any point throughout the year. When an article is reviewed, it will go through the normal adjudication process until it is cleared for publication. WURJHNS follows a rolling publication policy. The WURJHNS adheres to a rolling publication policy. Accepted manuscripts will be published once approved by the editorial board. Published articles will be compiled on an annual basis (at the end of April) to create a complete volume. There will be no limit to the number of manuscripts published within each volume.

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What is the format for citations in manuscripts?

When citing references, authors are required to adhere to the Vancouver Style of referencing which can be found on the University of Murdoch Libraries webpage. More information on referencing can also be found within the WURJHNS submissions guidelines.

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Who decides which articles will be published?

Each manuscript submitted to the WURJHNS will be subject to two-tier double blinded review process (See Review Process section below). The first tier will involve reviews by 3 undergraduate and/or graduate students. Each reviewer will work independently and provide a decision regarding publication of the manuscript (i.e. Accept Without Changes, Accept Pending Changes or Reject; See WURJHNS Manuscript Review Form). The second tier will involve reviews performed by at least 1 Faculty member. Faculty members on the review board will work independently of one another. If a manuscript is unanimously rejected by tier 1 reviewers or academic misconduct (plagiarism) is detected, the manuscript will not be subject to a Faculty review. Instead, it will go directly to the editorial board for a decision.

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If I am interested in reading the articles submitted by WURJHNS, how do I do that?

All articles published by WURJHNS are available at the WURJHNS website. On this website, individuals are also able to create a personal account that will allow them to receive updates regarding new articles published by WURJHNS.

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Who supports WURJHNS?

WURJHNS is supported by Western Libraries, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Can I submit work completed as part of my class? Does my professor have to be a co-author? Will my professor be contacted?

Work completed as part of a UWO course can be submitted for publication. However, the only requirement is that the research question provided by the professor must be broad enough that students can interpret it in a unique way.

Please consider the following examples: 'Select a hormone in the human body and write a focused paper regarding its impact on blood pressure' versus 'Investigate the effect of aldosterone on the Na+/K+ ATPase on the collecting duct of the human nephron'.

Each manuscript will be assessed individually to ensure the research question is broad enough. All authors that submit to the WURJHNS are required to provide contact information for the principal investigator of their research or their professor (where applicable). These individuals will be contacted about the manuscript.

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Who can I contact for more information?

For more information on WURJHNS, please email

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If I publish in WURJHNS, can I submit to other journals?

Authors that submit manuscripts to the WURJHNS retain the copyright of their articles. However, authors must be aware that other journal have their own copyright policy and may require that the manuscript have never been previously published. If authors are interested in submitting their manuscript to another journal, they are strongly advised to review the respective copyright policy.

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How do I become a member of WURJHNS?

If you are interested in becoming a member of WURJHNS, please send an email with your name, program of study and current year of study to . Your name will be placed on an email listing for the journal. When the WURJHNS is actively recruiting students to fill openings, an email will be sent out to the email listing. Typically, recruitment will take place in March and successful candidates will undertake their responsibilities in September of the next academic year.

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