About the Journal

The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (IJURCA) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. IJURCA accepts submissions in the range of 3,000 words from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. These include original research in the form of articles and literature reviews, as well as creative work in a variety of media such as fiction, poetry, photography, video, and podcasts, among others.

Thus, the purpose of IJURCA is to:

  • encourage and showcase scholarly work in all disciplines.
  • engender a beneficial learning experience for undergraduate students, especially with regard to the peer-review process.
  • provide a setting for disseminating research, ideas, and creative concepts.

Open Access Publication

IJURCA is an open-access publication, meaning that its past and present content is freely available to view on and download from the Web. Open-access journals support an informed society by making knowledge and information available on a democratic basis.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special issue proposals are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue within a separate collection.

Participating Institutions

We welcome submissions from all institutions of higher learning committed to outstanding scholarship by undergraduates. Any institution that participates through activities such as the donation of resources, faculty involvement on the editorial board, or student publication will have its website link included on this page.

Listed below are those institutions with faculty or students who have participated in the International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (or the archived Pacific Northwest Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities). We thank them for their support.

  • Pacific University
  • Central Washington University
  • Ashland University
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • Boise State University
  • Booth University College
  • California State University, Chico
  • Colorado State University
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • Drake University
  • Elon University
  • Federal University of ABC
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Grinnell College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Idaho State University
  • Iona College
  • Keene State College
  • LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York
  • Longwood University
  • McMaster University
  • Missouri State University
  • Northwest Christian University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • Presbyterian College
  • Russell Sage College
  • Salem State University
  • Shippensburg University
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Stetson University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stony Brook University
  • The College of Idaho
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Georgia
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Portland
  • University of the Sciences
  • University of Washington
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Carolina University


  • Central Washington University
  • Pacific University


In 2010, Pacific University and Central Washington University collaborated to launch a journal that could showcase the original work be carried about by undergraduates in collaboration with their faculty mentors. They founded the Pacific Northwest Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. In three years, editorial members realized that the scope of submissions was much larger than expected, and so the journal re-launched in 2013 as IJURCA: The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities with the dedication to increase the visibility and impact of student scholarship across the globe. In its first decade, IJURCA published over seventy articles by undergraduates in over forty institutions of higher learning.