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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Article Requirements

Journal Formatting Requirements

  • Articles must be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx format)
  • Document size cannot exceed 5 MB
  • The maximum length of an article cannot exceed 12 pages; this includes all figures, tables, illustrations, footnotes, citations, and references
  • Exception to 12 page limit is the abstract
  • Font must be 12-point Times New Roman throughout the paper
  • Margins must be 1-inch on all sides
  • Article text must be double space
  • Single space the abstract and references
  • All pages must be numbered in the center footer.

References should follow the citation style of your discipline. Please work with your faculty mentor to determine which citation style should be used.

Recommended Structure of Submitted Paper

The ideal structure of any article will depend on the discipline. For your convenience, below is an outline of a very common paper structure, especially for STEM fields. Consult with your faculty mentor to determine the paper structure that is most appropriate for your submission.

  • Title – Place the title, followed by the name(s) of the student author(s) and faculty mentor(s), in the header of each page
  • Abstract – A single paragraph containing no more than 250 words. An abstract briefly defines the problem, purpose, or specific topic addressed by the research. It briefly indicates the methods and/or approach taken in inquiry and summarizes the result or conclusion. It should be written grammatically correct, logically connected sentences. It should be understandable by any audience with reasonable knowledge of its field. The abstract should not contain any charts, tables, graphs, figures, or spreadsheets. The abstract must be single spaced.
  • Keywords – 6-8 keywords relevant to the topic
  • Introduction/background – Enough background information for any reader to understand the position taken. Define field-specific terms here.
  • Methods/Methodology – A logical step-wise process defined enough such that anyone in the field can replicate your results with accuracy.
  • Results/Findings
  • Discussion/Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements – Funding for research must be acknowledged.
  • References/works cited – The references must be single spaced.

Please Note: If your paper is accepted and you have photos/graphs/images, we will ask that you submit images in high resolution (300 DPI) for publication.


Bio Requirements for Authors

All students submitting articles for consideration will also need to provide a separate word document for their bio. The bio should be no more than 80 words. It should be written third person, present tense, and include the following.

  • Name
  • Year of Study
  • Major
  • Research and Research Mentor
  • Awards/Recognition (i.e., funding, research, honor societies, leadership roles)
  • Future goals

It is important that care be taken with grammar and spelling in your bio, as it is considred part of your submission in the review process.


Connor Richards is a third-year Physics major. He studies physics beyond the standard model at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). With funding from the Goldwater Scholarship, University of California Regents' Scholarship, UC LEADS Fellowship, and Chancellor's Research Fellowship, he has participated in research and outreach at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) for two years under the guidance of Dr. Owen Long. Currently Vice President of CNAS Science Ambassador, Richards' passions are research, science outreach, and STEM education. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in High-Energy Physics and a faculty position.