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. 

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 and 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. 

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. Note that SPS National will accept submissions to JURP on a rolling basis, but utilizes two priority deadlines - March 15 and May 15 - for the print edition. 

Eligibility 

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). 

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 year-round, but please review the priority submission deadlines, below: 

Early deadline - March 15

Late deadline - May 15  

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

Preparing Research Reports - Part A

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

  • All papers submitted to Part A must be no longer than 3000 words or 3-template pages 
  • All papers must be submitted BOTH via Word and PDF. Please review the manuscript format guide
  • Use the Word template for all submissions
  • All papers should look like this double column template, once submitted 
  • Identify a faculty/SPS advisor for the initial review process 
  • Utilize the AIP suggested guidelines for more information to help prepare the manuscript
  • Figures for Research Reports should be able to be printed in black and white 

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