Submission Guidelines

Types of Submissions:
1. Written

A short written submission consists of <500 words.

A long written submission consists of 700-1250 words. Examples include an opinion piece, a newsletter, or original research.

Written submissions must be formatted as follows:

  • Microsoft Word document (.docx)
  • Font Times New Roman
  • Font size 12 pt for body, 15 pt for heading
  • Double spaced
  • Cover page should include full name, program, year, university, and correspondence email address of all contributors
  • Figures require at least 1200 x 750 pixels to achieve the desired print-quality resolution of 300 ppi
2. Artistic

An artistic submission is a visual work related to brain research. Artistic submissions must be formatted as follows:

  • .png format
  • Resolution of at least 300 ppi

An accompanying Microsoft Word document must also be submitted, which should include:

  • Cover page that contains the full name, program, year of graduation, university, and correspondence email address of all contributors
  • Abstract of maximum 250 words that succinctly states a description of the piece and its relation to brain research
  • Appropriately formatted reference list for all sources used for the creation of the artistic submission
Is my topic appropriate?

As long as a submission is related to the brain, it will be considered for publication!

What if I’d like to include external information in my submission?

If students are including external information, they must cite using Vancouver style, as per the Pursue Owl General Format. These references will not count towards the word count. If students are publishing primary research, they must obtain consent from the primary investigator. Please refer to the McMaster Academic Integrity Policy to refrain from plagiarism.

Can there be more than one author? Do all authors need to be McMaster University student?

There is no limit to the number of authors. All author names and associated information must be included in the cover page, as outlined above. If a work has multiple authors from various institutions, only one author is required to be a McMaster University student. At this time, we are not considering works in which all authors originate from an educational institution other than McMaster University.

When is the submission deadline?

The deadline for submission is February 27th 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

How will I know if my submission is published?

Submission will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process (two editors will not be notified about the author(s) identity and the authors will not be notified of the editors’ identity). Submission may be published without revisions, accepted with major revisions, accepted with minor revisions, or rejected. Rejected submissions may be resubmitted for future rounds of submissions after changes have been made according to the recommendations of the editorial team. Authors will be notified via the email provided in the Google Forms about the status of their submission.

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