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, 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


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Scholarly Articles

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Research-based Creative Works

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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. 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 annually in October. Manuscripts are submitted online by May 1st 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 one 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, staff member, or recent graduate to serve as a peer reviewer. To apply, please send an email to cdrcac@uvic.ca outlining your areas of specialty.

Manuscripts will be received by May 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 editor to be sent back to the authors. 



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. Please send an email to the editor, Madeline Walker (cdrcac@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 May 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:

Madeline Walker, PhD

Coordinator, the Centre for Academic Communication
Learning & Teaching Centre, UVic


Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The journal doesn’t have any APC or any submission charge.