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In order to submit your research to the Spring 2021 Issue of THURJ and be eligible for the $500 grand prize, please fill out the following form by February 28th, 2021.

If you have any questions, please email our Editors In-Chief: and as well as the Managing Editor of Peer Review and Submissions:

See below for submission guidelines:

Submission Guidelines for Primary Research

To facilitate constructive review and commenting on your manuscript, please ensure that your work fulfills the following requirements:



  • Primary author must be a Harvard College undergraduate.

  • Submitted manuscript concerns original research.

  • Submitted manuscript cannot be published or undergoing review in another research journal (undergraduate or otherwise).

  • Primary author must be willing to work with THURJ editors in revising the submission if it is selected or seriously considered for publication. Upon review, promising but incomplete manuscripts may be offered consideration in the next issue and complemented by faculty or THURJ comments for revision.

  • Author(s) must consent to publication if their manuscript is selected for publication.

  • Authors should respond to inquiries from THURJ editorial staff in a timely manner.


Manuscript Formatting

  • Submission may not exceed 30 pages, including all figures/tables and references. If additional space is needed, please prepare a Supplementary Materials document containing additional accompanying text, figures, and tables.

  • Manuscript should be double spaced with 12 point font and standard margins.

  • The work should be submitted in .docx, .doc, or .pdf format. If your work is produced in software such as LaTeX, please include your source files. If your work is selected for publication, you will be asked to format it in text form.

  • To ensure integrity of review, please either submit an anonymized copy (no name/personal identifier in the header, footer, or body) in addition to your named submission, or provide an editable version so we can redact your identifiers when sending for review.

  • Lines should be numbered. In Word, this can be done by Layout 🡪 Line numbers.

  • Pages should be numbered at the top right.

  • Writing should be clear, logical, and free from typographical or grammatical errors.

  • Include a 150-200-word, non-technical summary of the manuscript as well as an abstract.

  • The summary should be different than the abstract. The summary should outline the main points of your manuscript in an engaging manner that can be easily read and understood by a non-expert. A summary should focus on the conclusions of your research, while the abstract often also briefly describes the methods and details of the manuscript.

Structure and Style

  • Appropriate structure of submissions will vary depending on the research field. The manuscript should be of similar style and structure to that of typical articles published in professional journals.

  • In general, your submission might include sections for an Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, and Figures/Tables.

  • Supplementary Materials may be submitted along with manuscript.

Figures and Tables

  • Figures may be incorporated into the body of the text for readability, at the end of the work, or in a supplementary folder. Submitting an additional folder of high-resolution figure files is much appreciated and will make your work look better in the publication!

  • All figures must be appropriately referenced in the text and include legends in text format.

  • Tables should be submitted in text format.

  • For plots and graphs, axes should be clearly marked and legible. Figures should be clearly labeled if applicable.

  • If a manuscript is selected or seriously considered for publication, the editorial staff will request high resolution figures.



  • Citations should be parenthetical (Author, Year) and embedded within the main text.

  • References should be formatted as follows: Authors (Year). Title. Journal/Book. Volume, Page Numbers.

  • Example: Noctor, S.C., Martinez-Cerdeno, V., Ivic, L., and Kriegstein, A.R. (2004). Cortical neurons arise in symmetric and asymmetric division zones and migrate through specific phases. Nature Neuroscience 7, 136–144.


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