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

Acknowledgments

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

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editor's Introduction

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Reviewers

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 LTCAssocDirSAS@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

While this link is being fixed, please email the Managing Editor for a PDF version of the agreement.

 

Information for Professors/Instructors

For an undergraduate student to submit a research project, assignment, paper or essay, the student needs an instructor to write a letter of support. Until the link to this letter is fixed, please send an email to the Managing Editor (LTCAssocDirSAS@uvic.ca) indicating:

  • you support the student's submission
  • the paper is original and the student is the principal author
  • the paper is of high quality

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 1 submission deadline.

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, PhD

LTCAssocDirSAS@uvic.ca
Learning & Teaching Centre, UVic

 


 

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

 

ISSN 1923-1334 (Online)

University of Victoria