The Georgetown Undergraduate Journal of Health Sciences is a student-run scientific journal committed to publishing original research of undergraduate students in all areas of the health sciences. The Journal accepts submissions year round. E-mail gujhs@georgetown.edu if you are interested in submitting de novo research, op-ed, or news articles. We would love your contributions!  Please thoroughly read the below instructions for submission.  Submissions not adhering to the below guidelines will be returned to the author.  A signed copy of the following submission form is required (scanned and emailed is acceptable).

Download a PDF version of the GUJHS Submission Form.

Eligibility

  • First author must be an undergraduate from Georgetown University or the majority of authors must be Georgetown undergraduates
  • Research must be novel in some way (novel ideas, techniques or results)
  • All authors and research instructors must consent to publication in the GUJHS
  • Authors must consent to work with the editors of GUJHS in the proofreading of all manuscript
  • Research involving human subjects or animals must have prior approval from the appropriate institutional review committee.  Articles must clearly state that the research was approved and name the specific review committee.  The Journal may request a copy of the review committee’s approval letter.

Manuscript Preparation

• Submissions must be single‐spaced word documents e‐mailed to gujhs@georgetown.edu with type of submission and title as the subject
• The first page of the submission should be a title page with the full title, names of all authors, and each author’s affiliation(s), whether simply to an academic department at Georgetown and/or to another organization

  • Full length articles should be 5‐7 pages single spaced with figures embedded in text and follow the format:
    • Abstract (250 words or less)
    • Introduction
    • Methods/Materials
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • References
  • Large abstracts should be 500 words with a maximum of two figures or graphics embedded in the text and follow the same format as for full-length articles
  • Small abstracts should be 250 words
  • Author should e‐mail gujhs@georgetown.edu to discuss flexibilities in requirements

• Articles should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) with pages numbered and lines numbered on each page of text
• All figures and tables should include appropriate labels and should be embedded in the file
• Each section heading (introduction, methods, etc.) should be bolded and capitalized.  Subsections/subheadings are allowed and should be italicized, lowercase, and not bolded or underlined.

Citations
• The GUJHS uses APA guidelines for citations and references. To see an in-depth APA Style Guide, go to the following website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/.  The APA also provides a free tutorial on APA formatting at http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm.
• All in-text citations should have corresponding references in the “Reference” section.  All references must be referred to in the text
• Footnotes should not be used
• See most current issue of GUJHS for citation examples
• General Rules:

  • Citations should be embedded in the main text with the general format of (Author, year)
  • References should have the following structure: Authors (year). Title. Journal/Book, Volume(issue number), Page Numbers.

Peer-review
All submissions go through a thorough review by the student editorial board.  Reviewers look specifically at strength of arguments, data presentation quality, appropriateness of writing style, validity of conclusions, and other aspects to ensure that articles are of a sufficient quality to be published by the Journal.  Upon submission, the Editor-in-Chief will decide if the article is within the scope of the Journal and then assign the article to a senior editor with appropriate expertise who will oversee the review process.

After the article is reviewed by a group from the editorial board, the author will receive a decision on the manuscript of one of the following categories: accept without further revisions (rare), accept pending minor revisions, accept pending major revisions, or reject.  The author will then have a specified deadline to address issues brought up by the editorial board which will subsequently review the manuscript again.  Correspondence regarding a submission will come from the Editor-in-Chief or the Assistant Editor-in-Chief.

The overall process from submission to publication is expected to take several months.  Submissions are welcome year-round and will be included in either the January or June issue.


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