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Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. IJURCA accepts submissions from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. These include original research in the form of articles and literature reviews, as well as creative work in a variety of media such as fiction, poetry, photography, video, and podcasts, among others.

Thus, the purpose of IJURCA is to:

  • encourage and showcase scholarly work in all disciplines.
  • engender a beneficial learning experience for undergraduate students, especially with regard to the peer-review process.
  • provide a setting for disseminating research, ideas, and creative concepts.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special issue proposals are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue within a separate collection.

Open Access Policy

IJURCA is an open-access publication, meaning that its past and present content is freely available to view on and download from the Web. Open-access journals support an informed society by making knowledge and information available on a democratic basis.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

IJURCA is indexed by the following services:

CrossRef and Google Scholar. In addition, all Pacific University Libraries’ journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilizes Portico’s archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

Annotation and Post-Publication Comment

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

Participating Institutions

We welcome submissions from all institutions of higher learning committed to outstanding scholarship by undergraduates. Any institution that participates through activities such as the donation of resources, faculty involvement on the editorial board, or student publication will have its website link included on this page.

Listed below are those institutions with faculty or students who have participated in the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (or the archived Pacific Northwest Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities). We thank them for their support.




In 2010, Pacific University and Central Washington University collaborated to launch a journal that could showcase the original work be carried about by undergraduates in collaboration with their faculty mentors. They founded the Pacific Northwest Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. In three years, editorial members realized that the scope of submissions was much larger than expected, and so the journal re-launched in 2013 as IJURCA: The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities with the dedication to increase the visibility and impact of student scholarship across the globe. In its first decade, IJURCA published over seventy articles by undergraduates in over forty institutions of higher learning.

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