Surrey Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ)

The Surrey Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ) is a multi-disciplinary online journal that showcases quality work produced by University of Surrey undergraduate students

The journal has dedicated peer reviewers from the University’s postgraduate researcher community, an editorial team consisting of staff and postgraduate researchers across the University, and is supported by an inter-institutional Advisory Board. The journal is published online by SPLASH twice per year. 

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Call for papers

We welcome research papers, articles adapted from dissertations, reflections and conference reports. Our next call for submissions will be announced in the new year. Please read 'Information for undergraduate students' below to find out how to submit an article.

Be a conference reviewer and publish in SURJ

We are seeking undergraduate students to attend the forthcoming Doctoral College Conference and write a review for publication in SURJ. If you are interested in being a conference reviewer please email surjournal@surrey.ac.uk.

Information for undergraduate students

If you have recently completed an undergraduate degree at Surrey, you are welcome to submit your undergraduate work for publication in SURJ within a year after your graduation.

  • SURJ can give you: first-hand experience of academic publishing in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Experience of writing for a wider audience and publishing in a peer-reviewed journal will help you develop your skills of written communication and can help increase your prospects if you are applying for postgraduate study.
  • A journal publication will enhance your graduate profile and transferable skills, which may boost your employment prospects.

All undergraduate students from all academic disciplines at Surrey are welcome to submit articles to the Journal.

The recommended level of a submission is 2.1 and above, but the editorial team would consider all submissions deemed suitable by peer reviewers and would support the authors in bringing their papers to a publishable standard. Those who have already graduated from Surrey can submit a paper based on their undergraduate work within a year after graduation. 

We accept a variety of submissions including research articles, review papers, reflective accounts and adaptations of assessed work such as essays, reports, literature reviews, research proposals and dissertations.

SURJ welcomes submissions of 2,000 – 5,000 words and all article submissions are subject to peer review through a double-blind reviewing process.

Other types of submissions such as conference reviews and reflective accounts are not subject to peer review, but  go through the full editorial process before publication. 

Before submitting please ensure you have carefully read the following documents:

You will need to include a completed Academic Support Form.pdf with your submission.

"Publishing your writing is one of the best ways for employers and universities to see your writing and analytical skills. Journals like SURJ are an invaluable resource and a great way to use the essays students are already writing for their classes."

Dr Amita Nijhawan, Dance Teaching Fellow and Admissions Tutor

"What I enjoyed about SURJ is having the opportunity to 'get on the ladder' of academic publishing. It is very important for me because I would like to continue to do research in the future. It was useful to learn about adhering to the publishing standards. I also received some useful tips and feedback from SPLASH"

SURJ author

Information for postgraduate students

Copy-editing, layout editing and proofreading in SURJ are carried out by postgraduate researchers at Surrey. As part of the selection process, you will be asked to complete a short written task and attend an informal interview with members of the editorial team. Postgraduate researchers at Surrey can also volunteer as peer reviewers for the journal. You undergo SURJ peer review training before you are allocated a submission for review. 

If you are interested and would like to get involved with any of the roles, let us know at surjournal@surrey.ac.uk

"By editing the work of others I have become more attuned to editing my own work. Through the process of applying the training from the workshop I see the strengths and weaknesses in my own work, which feeds back into editing. This creates a virtuous cycle; the more I give the more I get back."

SURJ copy editor

"Having an editing team made up of PGRs puts everyone on an equal footing, especially for the first issue that we were working together on. As an EngD student I don't get to collaborate with my peers at all, so it was nice to be on a par with the others in the team."

SURJ proofreader

Information for academic staff

How do I support a student’s submission?

The student should provide you with the ‘Academic Support Form’. Please read their manuscript in full and only sign the form if you believe the work to be a sufficient standard for publication and you do not foresee any conflict of interest. The SURJ editorial team request that authors discuss their submission with an academic member in their department prior to submission so that any potential conflicts of interest between the University (faculty, department, members of staff, etc.) and/or other organisations/individuals in relation to the publication of the author’s manuscript can be identified. This is important in ensuring that issues relating to intellectual property, copyright, authorship, assessment and marking, plagiarism etc. are addressed and not unintentionally breached by any party involved in the publication of a manuscript. Any queries regarding the academic support policy and form can be directed to the editorial team at surjournal@surrey.ac.uk.

How can I promote the journal to my students?

The journal provides Surrey students with opportunities to develop ‘real-world’ information literacy skills and hone their skills of written communication. It also allows high quality work produced by Surrey undergraduates to reach a wider audience.

  • You can encourage your students to submit work for publication in SURJ, directing them to this webpage for further information.
  • You can utilise the journal or any of its publications in your teaching sessions.

We aim to develop resources to support the use of SURJ in teaching sessions. If you would like to discuss possibilities for using SURJ in your teaching, please get in touch at surjournal@surrey.ac.uk.

To contact the Editorial Team, please email us at surjournal@surrey.ac.uk