Discussions: Undergraduate Research Journal of CWRU
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about submitting a paper to Discussions, this is the place to start. If you have any other questions, please contact us at askdiscussions@case.edu.

Can I submit papers from a class?

Yes, you may submit papers written for a class as long as your professor has given consent.

Does the research have to be related to science or engineering?

No, Discussions publishes research papers from all fields. In the past, we have published research papers from such diverse fields as art history and English. Please look at the archives page for examples of past publications.

Does it have to be based on an experiment I have done?

No, your paper does not have to be explicitly based on experiments you have conducted, however, your research must present new ideas in your field. Please look at the archives page for examples of past publications.

Can I report on research I am doing in someone else's lab?

Yes, we recognize that most undergraduate researchers work in someone else's lab. In order to have your work published, your Principle Investigator (PI) or the owner of the lab must approve your submission, and they must be included in your acknowledgements. Please consult the submission guidelines for further details.

What if I'm not an undergraduate? Can I submit a paper that I wrote when I was an undergraduate?

No, we only accept papers written by authors that are currently enrolled in an accredited university as an undergraduate. Even if your research was performed as an undergraduate, you must still be enrolled to be considered.

If I do not go to CWRU, can I still submit to Discussions?

Yes, while Discussions is based at Case Western Reserve University, we are a national journal. We encourage you to submit no matter what school or country you are from.

Can I submit a paper that is already published in another journal?

Yes, but even though we accept dual publications, some journals do not. Please consult the journal where the paper was originally published in order to learn their rules and regulations.

What happens after my paper is submitted?

After we receive submissions, they are sent to our team of reviewers who read the papers and give the editorial board feedback. From the review process, the best papers are selected for publication. Authors of selected papers will be notified and will work with our copy editors over a three-week period to polish their paper. The final papers are sent to our layout team, and a few weeks later the journal goes to the printer.

Will I be notified if my paper is selected or rejected?

Every author will get an email notifying them of their acceptance or rejection from Discussions within three weeks after the submission deadline. In addition, review rubrics will be handed back upon request for anyone interested in polishing their papers.

How many articles get accepted per issue?

We will accept between three and six articles per issue. We generally try to create a journal that mixes substance with readability.

What is the acceptance rate for Discussions?

In recent years, our acceptance rate has been about 30 percent.