Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Arbutus Review is an annual peer-reviewed compilation of outstanding research papers/articles/multimedia projects written or developed by undergraduates from all disciplines at the University of Victoria. It provides a forum for the best researchers to showcase their work to their fellow students, the campus community, high schools, funding agencies and corporations/organizations about the strength of student researchers.Submitting papers to the Arbutus Review exposes students to scholarly journal writing, which is valuable not only for graduate and professional schools, but also for all careers.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Scholarly Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research-based Creative Works

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Working Papers

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Editor's Introduction

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Peer Review Process

Submissions to the Arbutus Review are blind peer-reviewed by two graduate students, instructors, and staff. These reviewers graciously share their time and expertise so that the Arbutus Review can select, guide, and publish the best of undergraduate research at the University of Victoria.


Peer reviewers for Volume 3, Number 1 (2012):

Kelly McManus

Michelle St. Pierre

Christina Suzanne

Chelsea Wilson

Melissa Hiebert

Adam Yaghi

Michael Lukas

John Buxcey

Carrie Hill

Lisa Ordell

Bruno de Oliveira

Katherine Burnett

Krystal Summers

Shima Kordlou

Maral Sotoudehnia


Publication Frequency

The Arbutus Review is published anually in October. The Call for Papers for the Arbutus Review is announced to all faculty and undergraduates in the spring term. Manuscripts are submitted online by June 1 each year.


Open Access Policy

The Arbutus Review is published under the Open Access model (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license) and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes.)

The Arbutus Review will be published electronically on the web. There will be 1 issue per year, except when a special topics issue is undertaken.



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The Arbutus Review welcomes your application to be a volunteer reviewer. This online journal highlights the best in research at UVic, across the disciplines, so we need reviewers from every discipline. Please note that you must be a UVic graduate student, instructor, or recent graduate to serve as a peer reviewer.To apply, please send an email to TWCdir@uvic.ca outlining your areas of specialty.

Manuscripts will be received by June 1st of each year and then sent on to the appropriate reviewers for a blind review. Guidance in the review process will be provided. Reviewers have two weeks to send their comments to the Managing Editor, Laurie Waye, to be sent back to the authors.

Once a paper is approved by the reviewers, then it moves on to the editing process. Editors may need to discuss certain issues with the reviewers, so the reviewer needs to be available in July and August.

Reviewers are instructors, emeriti, graduate students, and international colleagues. The reviewers will comment on such things as:

  • the structure of the submission. Does it conform to the established literary conventions of the discipline?
  • the organization of the manuscript. Is it organized/sectioned in a manner that maximizes both the substance and clarity of the document for an interdisciplinary audience?
  • relevance and interest. Is it clear why this research is important, and to whom?

Manuscripts are further evaluated with respect to originality, academic and practical relevance, thoroughness, accuracy, consistency, credibility and proper referencing. The style of referencing should be the one of accepted by the student's department, and should be consistent throughout.


Author Publication Agreement

Download the publication agreement and copyright license for the Arbutus Review.


Information for Professors/Instructors

For an undergraduate student to submit a research project, assignment, paper or essay, the student needs a professor to sign a Letter of Support and send it to the contact listed below.  Please note that students who wish to submit a paper for consideration must have been registered as an undergraduate student at UVic for at least one semester in the twelve months prior to the June 15 submission deadline.

The student is responsible for approaching the professor, attaining his or her signature on the form, and sending to the journal both the submission and Letter of Support.

Once received, the submission will undergo a blind peer review process. Please see the "editing" and "proofreading" sections of this site for more details on how this process will work for The Arbutus Review.

If you have questions regarding this process, or your involvement in this process, please contact:

Laurie Waye

Email: TWCdir@uvic.ca
Learning & Teaching Centre, UVic



This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.


EISSN 1923-1334

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