INK: NC State Undergraduate Research Journal

INK welcomes submissions from any undergraduate studying at NC State University. Submissions will be processed online at INK Submissions. The student’s mentor will be included as a reviewer in the peer-review process. Students may submit articles at any time prior to the deadline, which typically is early to mid March. Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for use in the next years publication.

Deadline for submissions:  TBD (Spring 2018)

Please check back for the next call for submissions, or join the OUR Google Group

Editorial Board 2017-18:

Editor(s)-in-Chief  – Chanelle Gobena-McArthur and Supriya Sivadanam

Assistant Editors – TBD

Designer – Sophie Bergere

NC State Faculty Mentor – Dr. Chris M. Ashwell, Director Office of Undergraduate Research
Location –
Park Shops 211Q

The student editors of the NC State-Undergraduate Research Journal are always available to answer questions about the journal and submissions. Feel free to utilize whichever communication method you prefer.

Scientific Research

Authors submitting scientific papers have the option of publishing them as research papers, or science news reports. The guidelines for each are presented below:  Note: All science papers must be submitted as a PDF.

Research paper: must have been conducted under and approved by a faculty mentor or an off-campus scholar (e.g., a mentor for a REU program). Articles are intended for other specialists in the field; therefore the terminology and conventions of the discipline are to be used and followed. Please see the structure of a research paper page for reference on what is included in each section of a research paper.

Science news reports: inform students of the latest findings or new research directions taking place in the scientific disciplines on campus. The content of the reports is flexible. Students, who have not completed undergraduate research, are eligible to write a report provided that they show familiarity with the discipline. A student submitting a report may want to consider interviewing a faculty member involved in significant research. Reports should be limited to 1,000 words. See our science news reports guidelines page for content and formatting details. If you choose to submit a news report, please indicate that you are submitting a news report instead of a standard research paper.

Creative Works

INK is now adding short stories and poetry to its pages. The following guidelines for each are presented below:

Fiction: Regardless of the genre (sci-fi, fantasy, horror etc.), the following standards still apply. Is the story engaging? Are the characters developed, and how is the plot driven forward?  Appropriate grammar and punctuation are also key to understanding a story and will be taken into consideration when a submission is reviewed. Stories should be:   

  1. No longer than eight pages.
  2. Double-spaced
  3. 12 pt Times New Roman
  4. In .docx format

Note: Longer stories may be considered, but acceptance will be dependent on space.

Poetry: Submissions in this category can be in any form, free verse, sonnets, etc. URJ is looking for poetry with good imagery and metaphor. No matter what the subject is, does your poetry allow us to see the world in new and interesting ways? Poems must be:

  1. No longer than eight pages
  2. Single-spaced
  3. 12 pt Times New Roman
  4. In .docx format

Note: Up to five poems may be submitted at one time.

Style Guide

After deciding what type of work is to be submitted, authors should format their work according to either APA or CBE/CSE as would be standard to the topic’s field. The principal aim of these style guides is to standardize the use of references and citations. To learn more about our adopted editorial policy see:

If you are unsure about which rule applies to the part of your paper in question, please contact the editor to clear up the issue.




Structure of a Research Paper

Ink welcomes submissions from all departments on campus. It is expected that the author use the guidelines and conventions followed in the discipline for structuring a research paper. This page outlines the general guidelines for

Guidelines for “Science News” Reports

This section consists of reports on the latest findings or new research directions in any of the scientific disciplines across campus. The intention is to provide readers with an informative account of current research taking

Adopted Editorial Policy

Our editorial policy aims to present printed text in a consistent manner. Here you will find rules for the use of punctuation and abbreviations, construction of tables and selection of headings. These rules conform closely