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Author Guidelines


SURG accepts original research and review articles from all disciplines. The submission of an article to SURG is expected to adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. All research or review articles submitted to SURG must be authored by undergraduate students at the University of Guelph.
  2. Any article, prior to its submission to SURG, requires the approval of a supervising faculty member, who will contact surg@uoguelph.ca to recommend or endorse its submission, cc-ing the article's author(s). Co-op students also require employer approval (sent to surg@uoguelph.ca) before submitting for consideration any research or review article authored in conjunction with or connection to a co-operative education work opportunity or placement.
  3. In an email to the supervisor and author(s), SURG will confirm the receipt of a recommendation or endorsement, attaching a SURG article template allowing the article's submission.
  4. The undergraduate student who is the principal author of the article will register on the SURG Open Journal Systems (OJS) site and submit the article for consideration. (In the case of technical difficulty, they will contact surg@uoguelph.ca.
  5. The SURG editorial team will contact you regarding required revisions and article proofs prior to publication.
Specific Requirements
  1. After receiving a supervisor's recommendation or endorsement, SURG will provide the author with a SURG template into which the article can be pasted. To ensure your formatting meets our standards, please copy and paste DIRECTLY into this template.
    Please save the file as either a DOCX (preferred) or DOC file.
  2. Articles are to include an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  3. Articles must be submitted as a .DOCX or DOC file. If you make extensive use of equations in your article, please ask for our LaTeX template.
  4. Articles should not be in excess of 6000 words (exclusive of abstracts and references), or of eight (8) additional elements (which include figures, tables, text boxes, etc.). Additional information should be reserved for the supplementary material.
  5. All manuscripts submitted to SURG must use APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition) for referencing. This style makes use of both in-text citations and a Reference List detailing each source in full at the end of the manuscript. The detailed style manual is available here. After receiving the SURG template, you may also refer to it template for reference formatting information.
  6. Insert tables and figures at the end of the article. Images must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Lossless formats such as TIFF or PNG are preferred, although high-quality images in JPEG are acceptable.
  7. If tables and figures from previously published works are used, the author(s) is (are) responsible for obtaining permission to republish the figures. (Authors may be required to provide to SURG proof of any permissions of republication.)
  8. All direct and indirect funding for the research by a granting agency must be acknowledged.
  9. Submitted articles will acknowledge the faculty supervisor, and, if applicable, will list as authors all others (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty) who assisted in the authorship of the article.
  10. Submissions must be in English. Articles in other languages must be accompanied by a short English article; the original article will then appear as a supplement.

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