Submission Guidelines

Before you submit, please check the following:

To submit your work, email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:

  1. Email from a .edu email address. (Authors should be within one semester of graduation.)
  2. Use 12pt Times New Roman font.
  3. Double-space your text.
  4. The file should be in .docx format.
  5. Make sure no author-identifying information is present in the text.
  6. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations. Please use Indo-Arabic numerals, not Roman.
  7. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes. You may wait for our decision process before conversion.
  8. Include an abstract of no more than 100 words.

We are currently accepting submissions for Spring 2017.

DEADLINE: February 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM CST

About Our Submissions

Our submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but we welcome particularly insightful shorter articles. We encourage authors to read past issues here.

We feature work from around the country and have published articles whose authors have attended Brown, Amherst, Indiana-Bloomington, USC, Emory, Dartmouth, Princeton, Texas-Austin, Michigan-Ann Arbor, UCSD, Harvard, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins. We especially encourage those attending UW-Madison to submit their work for review.

Submission FAQ

Can a person submit more than one piece?
Sorry, due to intense competition we allow only one submission per author.

Can a person resubmit a piece that was previously declined by JUIS?
Only with very substantial revisions.

Can a person be published multiple times?
Yes, but not in the same issue of the journal.

Are there any types of articles that are favored?
We generally prefer contemporary pieces as opposed to historical ones.

Is there a page limit for submissions?
The length of a normal submission we receive ranges from 10 to 20 pages. Please try to cut after about 25 pages; our editing team has done strong cuts and rearrangements in the past, but we prefer not to. Very long submissions will diminish the chance of publication.

Do our citations have to be endnotes in the Chicago style (or whatever style we ask for in the call)?
Yes (unless there are extraordinary circumstances).

Can a person submit a piece that’s already been published?

Can a person submit a piece that they have submitted to another journal and is pending a decision there?
Yes. However, as soon as the status of a piece changes (i.e. it is accepted elsewhere), the author must notify our staff. Also, if we choose to publish the article, the author must notify the other journal and withdraw his/her submission (if he/she wishes to publish with us).

How recent is a recent graduate?
One semester beyond a formal graduation date.

Does a person have to be an undergraduate to be published?
Yes, or a recent graduate (see previous question).

Can I submit an article in any language?
Sorry; we review and publish in English only.