About the Journal

The Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal (CUSJ) was founded in 2006 by students who were passionate about showcasing undergraduate excellence in scientific research. Since then, CUSJ has remained Columbia’s premier publication for original scientific research and scholarly reviews, and is managed by an editorial board of undergraduates with a vast scope of interests across all disciplines. We are a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal published annually in the spring semester, with life sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences featured; any currently enrolled undergraduate is welcome to submit their work. The editorial board also manages the Columbia Junior Science Journal (CJSJ), a publication designed to introduce high school students to research. In addition to our publications, the CUSJ team is dedicated to fostering the scientific community, both within Columbia and in the surrounding Morningside Heights and Harlem communities. To this end, the board frequently plans outreach and networking events relevant to young and early career scientists, including an annual Research Symposium poster session each spring.

Please direct all inquiries to cusj@columbia.edu.

Open Access Policy

CUSJ is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her 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 (CC BY 4.0). You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.

CUSJ is a no-fee journal. Authors are not charged for the publication of their articles.

Peer Review Policy

As of the Spring 2021 issue, CUSJ will follow a rigorous double-blind peer review process consisting of the following steps. First, manuscripts undergo preliminary screening by members of the editorial board as we assess the original submission's scientific rigor, fit with the journal's aims, and general viability of publication. As a part of the peer review process, doctoral students in relevant fields also review the submissions and suggest a course of action. Based on the editorial screening and the peer review process, the Editor-in-Chief will approve selected papers for publication, pending edits. The process is double-blind. Authors can expect to hear back within a few weeks of the submission deadline. Each accepted article is assigned to editorial board members with relevant expertise. Each article will undergo several rounds of suggestions by the editors and updates by the author. CUSJ has a Faculty Advisory Board of distinguished professors, who review and approve the issue before publication.

Code of Ethics

Prospective author(s) represent that their submission is an original manuscript and is an unpublished work that is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism in whole or in part, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, will not be tolerated. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: 

  • The reuse of exact wording or phrases of another published work
  • The improper use of quotation marks 
  • A failure to attribute quoted texts and ideas to their original authors 
  • Using tables, data visualizations, illustrations and other elements without proper attribution
  • Reusing one’s own previously published words or ideas without attribution

Issues of plagiarism will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the editorial board. In the event that the editors are notified of suspected plagiarism in a submitted manuscript or published article, the editors will follow guidelines suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics.    

Columbia Junior Science Journal

CUSJ also manages the Columbia Junior Science Journal, an open-access science journal committed to publishing high-quality research conducted by high school researchers. If you are a high school student interested in publishing your research, please visit the CJSJ website here