Review and Editorial Process

Our review and editorial team consists of professors, faculty, graduate students, and highly trained undergraduate students from Baruch College. All submissions are reviewed by at least one professor who specializes in the psychology subfield of interest.

Together, the members of the editorial team work to produce issues exhibiting research of the highest caliber.

Criteria for Publication:

Up Scholars is a student journal that exclusively publishes student research from undergraduate psychology programs or related fields.

To meet this criterion for publication, we ask that primary authors for submissions be undergraduate students or that most of the work submitted was conducted during an undergraduate program (independent study, research experience for undergraduate, honor thesis, etc). If a post-baccalaureate student sends her manuscript related to her undergraduate work after graduation we will accept the submission. For any inquiry related to the criteria for publication please email us before submitting your manuscript.

We emphasize scientifically sound research—research that is logical, ethical, uses solid empirical evidence and methodologies and includes a discussion of the results in respect to its contribution to psychological science.

The Journal of Psychological Undergraduate Research at Baruch accepts the following types of manuscripts:

1) Research articles: Research articles lay out the process of hypothesis testing via collecting and analyzing data. We are looking for manuscripts on original research designed according to the scientific method. These papers include an introduction (which includes objectives and hypotheses), methods/procedures, results, discussion, and conclusion sections. These papers must be in APA format.

2) Literature reviews: Literature reviews are an overview of the current research and publications on a certain topic, including meta-analyses.

Two key criteria:

1. The manuscript for submission must not have already been published or in the process of being published in another journal.
2. The research must have been performed by an undergraduate student.

Peer Review Process:

Phase 1:

Once your manuscript is submitted, the manuscript is assigned to a member of our editorial board. He or she will monitor the progress of the manuscript from start to end in the publication process. During this first phase of the publication process, the appointed editor reviews the manuscript to make sure that the submission follows submission guidelines, and checks for plagiarism. The editor assesses the manuscript for scientifically sound writing, ethical standards, clear methods, and intelligibility. If any changes need to be made, the editor will provide feedback and contact the author for revisions.

Phase 2:

After the manuscript is reviewed by an editor, the manuscript enters Phase 2 of the publication process, where it is reviewed for content by professionals specialized in the specific field of interest. The manuscript goes to an appropriate review panel, where professors and trained personnel that are specialized in the subfield of interest decide to endorse the manuscript or not. If the manuscript is endorsed by the majority, it is then accepted for publication.

If the manuscript needs to be revised, it will be returned to the author with ample feedback, and will be approved for publication after the paper is re-reviewed for noted modifications.

To ensure objective reviews, we use a double-blind process where the identities of the reviewers are anonymous during the review process, and the authors are also anonymous to all reviewers.

Copy-editing Phase:

The paper is checked by a copyeditor who will make necessary revisions in grammar and syntax for maximum readability.

Proofreading Phase:

Before the paper is published, it is thoroughly and lastly checked by a proofreader for any inaccuracies or spelling errors that might have been overlooked in the review process.

Publication:

All approved papers are published online to our website.