Types of Submissions:
FURJ is an interdisciplinary journal, accepting submissions conducted by undergraduate students in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. FURJ welcomes submissions from current Fordham students and recent graduates as well as students from other universities who conducted research at Fordham. Recent graduates may only submit research conducted as an undergraduate at Fordham.
FURJ accepts four types of contributions:
- book review and review essays
- photo essays
How to Submit
Review the submission guidelines below before submitting. All manuscripts must be submitted with format guidelines detailed in this section in order to be taken into consideration.
When ready, submit here.
A research article reports original research and assesses its contribution to a particular conversation or body of knowledge in a certain field of study.
- All research articles must demonstrate the student author’s own reasoning and conclusions. For the purposes of FURJ, research must be performed at least in part by the student, and the work submitted must employ the student’s own ideas.
- Manuscripts should not be longer than 4500 words (approximately 15 pages). This limit includes text, notes, references, tables, figures, images, and appendices, but it excludes the abstract.
- Manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 150 words that clearly states the research question or topic, the rationale for the research, a statement of the main conclusions, and why the findings are significant. The abstract should be written for a general audience.
Communications are short reports of original research that highlight an important finding likely to be of considerable interest to others in the discipline.
- Communications should not be longer than 1500 words (approximately 5 pages). This limit includes text, notes, references, tables, figures, and images.
- Communications are subject to a review process by the submission editors.
- Communications should have a limited number of references (approximately 15) and should not be preceded by an abstract.
Book Reviews and Review Essays
Submissions published in the reviews section will engage the scholarly work of others in a field of academic study. The author should present the principle thesis of the work(s) examined, but focus also upon exposition and defense of his or her own interpretations and criticisms. In addition, the author should consider the implications of the work(s) which he or she assesses. Reviews of fiction, film, or any other artwork which focus primarily upon reaction and evaluation may also be submitted to the reviews section. Book reviews typically focus primarily on a single source (the book in question), while review essays will engage multiple sources yet focus on a topic aspect of a field rather than present a comprehensive survey of a field.
An adequate review will address the following questions:
- What does the author contribute to his or her field, and is this contribution valuable?
- Does the author form a compelling argument by grounding his or her thesis in solid evidence?
- What are the consequences and implications should the author’s thesis prove valid?
Reviews should not be longer than 1500 words (approximately 5 pages) including text, notes, references, tables, figures, and images. The title should be the full citation of the book in the appropriate style of the discipline (see below). For review essays, the author has flexibility with the title, but should provide the full citations of the specific books/articles under review. Book reviews and review essays should have a limited number of references, and should not be preceded by an abstract.
Please see our Book Review Resources page as well for more information.
Photo essays are visual compositions of personal photos that relate or pertain to a specified area of study, scholarship, or research. The goal of a photo essay is to demonstrate a visually guided understanding of one’s specified thesis, and to demonstrate that understanding concisely and precisely through the selected photos.
- Photo essay submissions should not be composed of more than twelve (12) photos, or fewer than eight (8) photos.
- Photos must be submitted as extension .jpg
- File names for photos must be labeled with the first initial of the author’s first name, the author’s full last name, and a number that corresponds to the selected order of the photo in question.
- Example: the first photo of J. Smith’s essay would be <JSMITH_01.jpg> Photos that are not labeled in this manner will not be accepted for review.
- A 400 word (maximum) abstract must be submitted along with the photos. The abstract must include a succinct description of the author’s research, as well as his/her thesis and any other information that the author deems relevant. Abstracts must be submitted in a word document (extension .doc or .docx) labeled with the first initial of the author’s first name, the author’s full last name, and the word abstract (e.g., <JSMITH_ABSTRACT.doc>)
- Captions for photos are not required, but it is recommended that authors include one for each photo in order to more fully develop their thesis or selected area of study. Captions may not exceed 250 characters. Captions must be submitted in a word document (extension.doc or .docx) and must be proceeded by the file name of the photo to which they correspond.
- Example: a caption for J. Smith’s first photo would be written as JSMITH_01.jpg: caption caption caption.
- All photo essay files must be submitted in a single folder labeled with the first initial of the author’s first name and the author’s full last name. The file must then be compressed and uploaded to this form.
If any questions or concerns arise, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be checking this email frequently and responding promptly.