Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP)

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Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP) 

The Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Society of Physics Students comprised of research, outreach, and scholarly reporting. 

Submissions Open: August 1

Priority Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021

Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis but to guarentee possible inclusing in the print summer edition, manscripts must be submitted to later than March 15. All accepted manuscripts will be published online with AIPP and on the SPS website, based on the review process timing.

Submit your report here!

About JURP 

This Journal is devoted to reports authored by undergraduates in physics, astronomy, and their related fields. It is a vehicle for the exchange of ideas and information by undergraduates and their advisors. A primary goal of the Journal is to educate and train students while also providing a means of public dissemination of research and programmatic activities. 

  • Papers in the area of pure, applied, computational, or theoretical physics/astronomy and related fields are all welcome to submit for Part A (Research). All research articles are peer-reviewed by professionals. 
  • Research articles, if accepted, will additionally be published on the AIP Publishing JURP website and given a DOI.
  • Programmatic reports such as conference reports, SPS chapter award final reports, SPS intern reports, and other special SPS programs reports are welcome to submit for Part B. 
  • Articles are asked to be letter length, or approximately 3 printed pages with references, figures, and all text.
  • All accepted articles will be available online through AIPP. Some articles will be physucally printed, in part or in whole.
  • Articles over 3 pages may not be printed or printed in their entirety. Accepted articles with delayed or long review periods may not be physically printed.

A printing of JURP, containing a highlighted selection of submissions, will be sent to all SPS members each summer and is considered a collection of student writing throughout the previous academic year.


All current SPS members in good standing with the SPS National organization are eligible to submit to JURP. The author(s) must have performed all the work reported in the paper as an undergraduate student(s). Members must submit their work within 18 months of completing their undergraduate degree.

Submission Process 

All SPS members interested in submitting to JURP must complete an online application, first. Please note that to submit your paper, your SPS advisor and/or faculty member of the department in which the research was done must review and certify that he/she has reviewed your paper in the online application system. After your report is submitted, it will be sent to an official reviewer. Once reviewed, you will receive communication from the SPS National Office indicating whether your report has been accepted, needs editing, or will not be included in JURP.

Submissions are accepted throughout the academic year, with a priority deadline of March 15.

Submit your report here.

Please direct all questions regarding the submission process to sps-programs [at]

Preparing Research Reports - Part A

To successfully prepare a manuscript, please review the following steps: 

  • All papers submitted as a Research Report (Part A) must be no longer than 3 template pages total. Articles over 3 pages may not be physically printed or physically printed in their entirety.
  • Strictlly adhere to this Word template for all submission. Do not change the format of the template.
  • All papers must be submitted BOTH via Word and PDF.
  • Review this manuscript format guide for tips.
  • Make sure references look like this.
  • Read these author guidelines.
  • Look at the permission guide if you are using published material. If so, fill out this form.
  • All papers should look like this single column template, once submitted.
  • Identify a faculty/SPS adviser for the initial review processing
  • Two subject matter experts will will be requested upon submission to help identify referees
  • Utilize the AIP preparation guidelines for more information to help prepare the manuscript
  • Figures should be of sufficent resolution and uploaded seperately with the manuscript.
  • Read the copyright license checklist and fill out the license agreement.
  • Accepted articles can be viewed here through 2018.

Preparing Programmatic Reports - Part B 

To successfully prepare a programmatic report, please review the following steps: 

  • All papers submitted to Part B must be 2-3 page reflections about the meeting, event, or program that an SPS member has participated in 
  • All papers must be submitted BOTH via Word and PDF
  • Review the student reporter writing guide for additional writing guidelines 
  • Identify a faculty/SPS advisor for the initial review process 
  • Color photos will be accepted for Programmatic Reports