Research Article and Research Notes Submissions Guidelines

Research Articles communicate the results of substantial completed undergraduate research projects. Research articles should be no longer than 4,000 words (not including Cover Page, Acknowledgments, or References) and include no more than four illustrations or figures. The list of references cited is limited to thirty references.

Research Notes communicate key research findings that in sum do not add up to a full article. Research Notes should be no longer than 1,000 words (not including Cover Page, Acknowledgments, or References) and include no more than one illustration/figure. The list of references cited is limited to fifteen references.

Both Research Articles and Research Notes submitted to ReCUR should be written to be comprehensible to an educated general audience.

All manuscripts must be submitted as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) document with one-inch margins, pages numbered in the lower right-hand corner of each page, and 12-point, Georgia type-face font. Additional formatting guidelines are below. The manuscript file should be uploaded as the "Submission File" in the portal and should be named with the last name of the submitter.

Submissions should include a separate cover page. This cover page should be uploaded as a "Supplementary File" in the online submission portal. Please name this file "(last name of submitter)_coverpage".

Additional Formatting Guidelines

All section headings, described below, should be printed in boldface type. Sections should be placed in the order listed. Please follow the specific formatting and content guidelines below for each section of your submission (not all sections will be appropriate for all types of submissions, such as humanities submissions or research notes).


Titles are limited to 10 words and are entered directly into the online submission portal.


The abstract is a 100-150 word summary of your research project highlighting the central issues of your research and the primary results. The text of the abstract should also be pasted into the "Abstract" section of the online submission portal.


The introduction should accurately provide information on the technical or theoretical background of your research, but must do so in a way that is comprehensible to an educated general and student audience outside of your field of study. The introduction should contain a brief literature review, and describe the specific objectives and potential impact of your research project.


The methods section should provide a description of the methods used in your research project. This may include information on equipment, experiment or survey design, interview protocols, specific techniques, archival sources, statistical methods, etc. Inclusion of a distinct "Methods" section may not be appropriate for all submissions in this category.


The results section should include a technical description of the outcomes of your research project. This may include a description of results presented in figures and tables but should not extensively duplicate the figure and table legends.


The discussion section should include an interpretation of your results in light of your original research project. This may include a reexamination of your original research question (if appropriate) and/or raise possible questions for further study. The section should also address the impact of your actual results within the larger context of your field of study.


The acknowledgments should provide a brief but thorough recognition of any funding sources (e.g., Professorial Assistantship, Honors Research Seminar, undergraduate research funding, faculty member grant number) and people who have made scholarly contributions to the work described in the manuscript but are not authors (e.g., someone who taught you a specific technique, someone who provided editorial suggestions for your manuscript).


References cited within the manuscript can either be formatted in the note-bibliography or author-date style described in the Chicago Manual of Style. (The author should select the reference style that is most commonly used in his or her discipline). This webpage from the MSU Library has several links to online resources regarding use of this style of formatting. If the note-bibliography style is selected, endnotes may be included in this section. Please do not include footnotes in your manuscript.

Bibliography or References Cited

The Bibliography or References Cited section should contain a list of all references cited in your manuscript. As mentioned above, this section should be formatted in the author-date style described in the Chicago Manual of Style. If you have any questions about formatting references, or do not see a template for the type of source you would like to use, please e-mail the editors at You may find it helpful to use a citation management program, such as EndNote, RefWorks or the free, open-source program, Zotero to manage your references.


Any tables, if included, are counted towards the total number of illustrations/figures in your document (four for Research Articles and one for Research Notes). Each table must be included on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Tables should contain at least 10-point, Georgia type-face font. Tables can also contain a brief table legend as appropriate, which should be found directly below the table. Tables should be numbered in the order in which they were referenced in the manuscript (e.g., "Table 1" listed above the table).

Figure Legends

Brief legends for each figure should be included. Each figure legend should begin with the figure number (e.g., "Figure 1") followed by a period. The legend should provide enough information for the interpretation of the figures but should not extensively duplicate the text of the manuscript. If this information is critical for understanding the figure, please refer the reader back to the main document for reference. The figure legend should also include a key to interpreting any data that is not clearly explained within the figure itself. Figure legends count towards the overall word count of the document.

  • Figures should be uploaded separately through the online submission portal as "Supplementary Files".
  • Each figure should be CMYK or Grayscale in TIFF (.tiff) or JPEG (.jpg) format.
  • The resolution should be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) for color images and 600 dpi for Grayscale images. Figures of lower resolution will not be published.
  • Each figure uploaded should be named "(last name of submitter)_Fig(X), where X represents the figure number.
  • Please do not include figures in the Microsoft Word document.

Any questions regarding formatting should be directed to the ReCUR editors at Failure to follow these formatting guidelines may delay publication of your work.