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Open Access Publications from the University of California


Who Can Submit

The UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal only publishes undergraduate research done during enrollment at UC Merced. For example, if you are a transfer student that has completed research work for a class in a previously attended college, it will not be considered for publication. The editors reserve the right to determine the suitability of submissions. For additional information, please contact The journal does not have article processing charges or article submissions charges.


Once posted to a repository, a paper cannot generally be revised or removed. We feel it is important to provide perpetual access to materials published within eScholarship whenever possible and appropriate. However, we will remove publications under special circumstances, including in the case of submission errors, rights violations, or inappropriate content. Please be aware, however, that even after the removal of a text, a citation to the paper will remain in our system, along with a URL.

If you would like your work removed from eScholarship, please contact the administrator:

Revising Work

Once published, we are generally unable to revise manuscripts. If a significant error or omission is discovered, contact the administrator:

Author Review

Authors are asked to review PDFs created from their papers within 5 days of being sent the PDF. At this stage, we're unable to make any changes beyond the rare error that occurs in PDF conversion.

Rights and Permissions

The UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal does not require copyright transfer, only permission to publish and archive the article. Copyright holders retain copyright ownership, granting a nonexclusive license to the journal and eScholarship to publish the article, meaning that the author may also publish it elsewhere. Before submitting an article to the journal, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared in any third party material. 

From Volume 10 Issue 2 onward, articles in The UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

Open Access Statement

This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Plagiarism Screening Policy

Every manuscript entry for the UC Merced Undergraduate Research Journal is submitted through We also have in place a rigorous editorial process that includes source checks for academic rigor and credibility.