Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences - Call for Papers

Call for Undergraduate Research Papers
for Publication in a Special Edition of the
Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences

Topic: School Bullying

Undergraduate students are eligible to submit papers on the theme of School Bullying for publication in the Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences (and on the Website described below). Papers submitted for consideration may describe student projects from research awards, seminars, independent studies, service-learning projects, or class projects in the student's major.

Objectives: This theme serves one or more of these purposes: (a) assesses the impacts of bullying in the school setting; (b) evaluates action taken by individuals, families, schools, and communities that contributes to and/or ameliorates school bullying; (c) considers the place of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender in relation to school bullying; (d) examines action taken by families and schools that prevents cyberbullying; and (e) proposes courses of action to bring an end to school bullying.

Overview: Kappa Omicron Nu launched the Bullying – Service Learning Initiative in August 2012 as part of its Social Responsibility theme. The Bullying Service-Learning Initiative Website provides background information and resources for service-learning programs and research related to the problem of bullying as it exists in schools throughout the United States. Kappa Omicron Nu chapters and other student and community groups are invited to use this Website.

Because society is transformed most productively from the bottom up in the spheres of environmental, social, and economic change, Kappa Omicron Nu chapters and other student groups have an opportunity to make an impact in the larger community. The objective of this Bullying Initiative is to create conditions that make it possible for all individuals to get along and function better in or out of the school setting.

Discussion: Research with a Bullying theme could include several research approaches and topics. A review of information on the Bullying Service-Learning Initiative Website and elsewhere should provide research ideas. The page, Bullying Research Ideas, may provide a starting point for research.

Background of Social Responsibility Theme: “Leadership is about going somewhere—personally and in concert with others in an organization. Although leadership, especially position (elected or appointed) leadership, is often discussed in terms of leader qualities and skills, the matter of leadership as a responsibility of each professional receives little attention (Wheatley, 2005). The campus and larger community can benefit from the leadership of students in addressing issues related to social responsibility in the areas of peace and security, social justice, environment, prosperity, innovation/technology, health, and education. The School Bullying theme addresses issues of social justice.

Social Responsibility Program objectives include the following:

  1. Promote, encourage, and strengthen leadership development at all levels of the campus community in regard to social responsibility.
  2. Engage in a dialogue among student groups regarding social responsibility.
  3. Commit to a leadership role in increasing campus and community awareness of a local issue or concern.
  4. Serve as role models of leadership.

About the Journal: The Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences is an online national journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research. The twofold purpose of the journal is to foster and reward the scholarly efforts of undergraduate human sciences students as well as to provide a valuable learning experience. The articles represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student(s). Faculty members, who deserve recognition, are identified by an asterisk next to their names.
Undergraduate research not only bridges the gap between knowledge and experience but has the benefit of laying the groundwork for career exploration and development. The opportunity for undergraduates to publish in a national journal is an added value to the overall educational experience and to the process of self-discovery.
The articles published in this journal will reflect appropriate scope and complexity for excellent undergraduate work. The basis for accepting papers for publication is the agreement among reviewers that the project and design are strong representatives of introductory level research.

Instructions for Authors: The Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences encourages undergraduate students to submit papers for consideration. Submissions are accepted for review on an ongoing basis (no specific deadline). Papers may represent a full range of research design, including experiments, surveys, case studies, and documentary research. Types of submissions may include Research Manuscripts, Research Papers, and Research Reports. See Guidelines for Submissions.

1. The primary author of a submitted paper must be an undergraduate student. Papers from graduate students will be accepted only if the work was completed as an undergraduate student. Additional authors other than the primary author may include other undergraduate students and the faculty mentor or supervisor.

2. Only original papers (not published or accepted for publication elsewhere) will be accepted. (Oral or poster presentations with printed abstracts do not count as published papers.) If you intend to publish elsewhere, be sure to prevent possible copyright issues.

3. Manuscripts may be 1000 - 3500 words or longer if approved by the Editor.

4. All papers must be prepared according to the guidelines for authors for the discipline represented. 

For example, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). The manual can be found in your library, or see the APA Web site, www.apastyle.org, for information about ordering. The guidelines are summarized in 

Link to URC APA Guidelines for Authors

Link to Purdue University APA Guidelines for Author

Link to Purdue University MLA Formatting and Style 

5. If human subjects are used, a statement must be included to indicate institutional Internal Review Board (IRB) approval of the research.

6. Copyright statement: All rights reserved by the Undergraduate Research Community.

7. What to submit:

  1. An e-mail attachment of the complete paper. Verify that the file is virus-free. The following PC formats are acceptable: Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format.
  2. Cover page including name, mailing address, telephone, e-mail address, a short biographical sketch, and IRB statement.
  3. Keywords (5-8) on the cover page. The main purpose of keywords is to enable successful searching in a database for the main message of your paper. When selecting keywords always think about how any reader might interrogate the database.
  4. Short abstract (2-4 sentences).
  5. Camera-ready graphics and photographs, PowerPoint files, or .jpg graphic files are welcome.
  6. A sponsoring statement from the faculty supervisor who attests: (a) that the supervisor has read and critiqued the manuscript and (b) that the planning, execution, and writing of the manuscript represent primarily the work of the undergraduate student(s).

Criteria for Acceptance: The following seven criteria will be used in reviewing the papers for publication.

  • Relevance to school bullying
  • Justification for the study
  • Subject mastery & originality
  • Technical mastery
  • Logical organization
  • Appropriate documentation
  • Consistent use of style manual (APA, MLA, etc.)

Click here to view the URJHS Special Edition on School Bullying

Other papers

Bullying on Facebook: How It Affects Secondary School and College Students


Submit all papers to:

URJHS Call for Papers
1749 Hamilton Road,Suite 106, Okemos, MI 48864
(T) 517.351.8335

Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences
Evaluation Form

Author: ______________________________________ Reviewer: ____________________________________
Title: ________________________________________ Expected Date of Return: _________________________
Evaluation Scale
  Lowest Highest

A. Content

1. Relevance to the human sciences 1 2 3 4 5
2. Justification for the study 1 2 3 4 5
3. Subject mastery
(Manuscript demonstrates depth of knowledge; presents ideas in a new way)
1 2 3 4 5

B. Writing Style

1. Technical mastery 1 2 3 4 5
2. Logical organization 1 2 3 4 5
3. Appropriate documentation 1 2 3 4 5
4. APA (or other) format 1 2 3 4 5

C. Recommendation

______ 1. Accept as is
______ 2. Accept pending revisions
______ 3. Reject


Return the manuscripts and evaluation forms to:
URJHS, 1749 Hamilton Road, Suite 106, Okemos, MI 48864
517.351.8335 – info@kon.org