About the Journal

Mission Statement

The Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal (CURJ) is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes rigorous interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary undergraduate research to promote scholarship conducted at the undergraduate level in an accessible research platform. 

Aims and Scope

CURJ aims to curate and promote distinctive research at the undergraduate level from all fields of study. It is a space for students, scholars, and other interested members of the community to engage in innovative conversations across disciplines and challenge the boundaries of field-specific research. 

CURJ strives to provide students with experience navigating the academic publishing process and seeks to develop platforms for students to discuss their own research and to advance undergraduate research on campus more broadly. 

CURJ  publishes full-length academic articles. We welcome submissions from undergraduate researchers at Columbia and at other institutions. We accept pieces in a range of academic disciplines, but especially encourage articles that have an interdisciplinary focus. 

Open Access Policy

CURJ is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons Attribution License. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.
CURJ is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.

Archiving Policy

CURJ is distributed through Columbia University’s Academic Commons. Academic Commons is Columbia University’s institutional repository, offering long-term public access to research shared by the Columbia community. A program of the Columbia University Libraries, Academic Commons provides secure, replicated storage for files in multiple formats. Academic Commons assigns a DOI and accurate metadata to each work to enhance discoverability.
Files uploaded to Academic Commons are written to an Isilon storage cluster at Columbia University and replicated to an identical system at a secure, offsite facility. The local cluster stores the data in a "best protection possible" policy which provides, at a minimum, guaranteed protection against the loss of any two disks or any one node. When sufficient capacity is available, this is increased automatically. Multiple snapshots are replicated to our disaster recovery site every two hours. The secondary cluster employs the same protections as the primary cluster and both conduct integrity scans to validate that data has not been altered at any point during rebalancing, snapshot, or replication processes.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.