Frequently Asked Questions

Submitting My Article 

1. Who can submit a paper?

  1. Undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo (from any faculty) may submit an article to JUHR.

2. What is the deadline for submitting articles?

  1. We accept articles on a rolling basis. In other words, you may submit your articles at any time. However, if you would like to have your article showcased for a certain issue, please follow the deadlines given for each term. Fall 2021 issue deadline: Oct 19, 2021, at 11:59 PM

3. Why should I submit a paper?

    • Getting your article published on JUHR is a great way to showcase your undergraduate work and will help you gain familiarity with the peer-review process.  Having a publication will also strengthen your graduate school applications and may impress potential employers. Moreover, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) will be assigned for each publication! 

4. How do I submit my paper?

  1. Please click here to register with the Journal. Once registered, you will be able to make new submissions as well as view previous and pending submissions through this website.

5. What types of articles will the journal accept?

  1. The journal accepts original research articles (e.g., undergraduate theses), literature reviews, opinion, news/views, abstracts, infographics as well as interviews. Please see the JUHR Official Manual for more information on the submission requirements for each type of article. The JUHR Official Manual is available for download here.

6. What topics of research will the journal accept?

  1. The JUHR only accepts articles related to human health. We welcome research from many fields, including health studies, biomedical sciences, public and population health, kinesiology, recreation and leisure, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, environmental health, and clinical psychology.

7. How do I find guidelines or instructions for my specific type of article?

  1. Please refer to the “Submission Requirements” section of the JUHR Official Manual. The JUHR Official Manual is available for download here.

8. What are the requirements for illustrations, photos, and other artwork included in my article?

  1. If your submission includes images, each image must be uploaded as a supplementary file (in PDF, PNG, or JPEG format), with a minimum resolution of 75 dpi each. Figures and tables should be referenced throughout the publication and listed at the end of the manuscript (after the references) in the order in which they appear. If the figure has been adapted from an external source, indicate this in accordance with Vancouver (superscript – after period) style citations.

9. What electronic file types can I use to submit my article?

  1. MS Word documents (i.e., DOCX) are preferred. However, JUHR also accepts written articles submitted in RTF or TXT format.

10. Are there examples of the accepted formatting for my specific type of article?

  1. Formatting instructions for each type of article are described in the JUHR Official Manual. Examples of appropriate formatting can also be found in the JUHR Official Manual, which is available for download hereIf you have further questions on accepted formatting, please email juhr@uwaterloo.ca.

11. When will I know if my article has been accepted? What happens next?

  1. Senior editors will evaluate the quality of an article within two days after receiving the submission. If the submission is deemed acceptable by the senior editors, the article will be reviewed by a team (i.e., 2 to 3) of junior editors. The first round of editing is expected to take approximately 7 days. As such, please expect to hear back from us 9-10 days after your submission. Upon conditional acceptance, you will be asked to revise (according to the editor’s comments) and re-submit to the journal. Following re-submission, the article will be passed through the second round of editing, which is expected to take no more than 5 days. The process of editing, revising, and re-submission will continue until the article is polished and deemed acceptable for publication.

12. Who decides which articles will be published?

  1. The Editorial Board will review and determine, which articles will be published. Final publication decisions are made by the Editors-in-Chief.

Copyright and Permissions

1. Can I post my article on the internet?

  1. The author or authors own the rights to their articles, photographs, and other works. As such, you may post your article(s) on external platforms. However, you may not submit your work to another Journal.

2. Can you provide me with a PDF file of my article?

  1. After an issue (Fall or Winter) has been published, a PDF version of your article can be provided upon request.

3. Can I submit a manuscript that I already submitted to another journal? Can I submit a manuscript to another journal if I have already submitted or published it in JUHR?

  1. No. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that their submission is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, works submitted to JUHR must not have been previously published in other Journals.

4. How may I post and distribute my article?

  1. Authors submitting to the journal must adhere to the terms of Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license as outlined below:

    1. You are free to share (copy and redistribute) any material from this journal, granted you have given appropriate credit, provided the link to the license, and indicated whether changes were applied to the original work.

    2. You are free to adapt (remix, transform, and build upon) any material from this journal, granted you distribute your work under the same license.

5. Can I still submit a manuscript to JUHR if I did my research outside of UW?

  1. Yes, you may. However, the primary author must be an undergraduate student studying at the University of Waterloo. Please remember to complete and submit the Original Research Approval Form along with your research article.

Getting Involved

1. How can I get involved in JUHR?

  1. JUHR consists of three teams: Executive Team, Creative Team, and the Editorial Team. For more details on the available positions for each team, such as position requirements and responsibilities, please refer to our website. For announcements about openings, please check our social media.

2. Where can I read the journal after it is published?

  1. All issues of the journal will be open-access and available on our website.

Additional Questions

1. Is the Journal affiliated with the Faculty of Health?

  1. Although the JUHR is not affiliated with any faculty, the Journal was created under the supervision of advisors (professors, librarians) within the Faculty of Health. The JUHR is open to students from any faculty.

For any other questions, please email juhr@uwaterloo.ca