We are no longer receiving submissions for the 2016 – 2017 issue of Inquiro. Details regarding submitting a manuscript to be considered for the 2017 – 2018 issue of Inquiro can be found below.

2017 – 2018 Inquiro Submission Guidelines
Any UAB undergraduate student participating in scientific research and/or any undergraduate student participating in research at UAB is invited to submit a manuscript to be considered for publication in the 2017 – 2018 issue of Inquiro. Papers will be subject to anonymous review by faculty and students.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 23, 2017; however, students who wish to submit a thesis will be given a deadline of Monday, December 18, 2017.

The journal accepts submissions in the following categories:

Short reports: A short report should give a concise overview of an original research project. Its content is comparable to that of science posters. The suggested length is 1,000 – 2,000 words.

Long papers: A long paper should give a substantial description of an original research project. It should include detailed discussions of the methods utilized and the results obtained. The suggested length is 2,500 – 4,000 words.

Research narratives: A research narrative describes an author’s personal experiences in research using an editorial or narrative style. The suggested length is 600 – 800 words.

A thesis is similar to a long paper and should therefore be of similar length and content. The suggested length is 2,500 – 4,000 words. Students participating in undergraduate programs that require a thesis are encouraged to submit their work.

Literature Reviews: A literature review should give detailed information on the methodology of a scientific topic as well as the current scientific findings associated with the topic. Unlike a research paper, a literature review does not report novel information obtained from research performed by the author(s). The suggested length is 2,500 – 4,000 words.

The editorial board is also open to considering other forms of scientific writing for publication. Authors who wish to publish work that does not fit in one of the previously mentioned categories are strongly encouraged to contact the editors before submitting to the journal.

Initial submissions should follow these guidelines:
  1. All submissions should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents, double spaced and formatted in 12 pt Times New Roman font. Pages should be numbered with the name of the primary author appearing in a header on every page.
  2. Research papers should be written in third person. Research narratives should be written in first person.
  3. Research papers should include a title, the full name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References. Please consult the Manuscript Guidelines for Authors on our website for more specific instructions on each section.
  4. Figures, tables and graphs should be submitted in their original formats in the highest resolution possible. They may be submitted as separate files or embedded in the text of the document in the locations in which the author would like them to appear in a published version. If submitted separately, please indicate in the manuscript where the figures should appear.

All manuscripts should be submitted through email, and authors should complete the Submission Form. Include the article title as well as your name, university, major, and class standing in the body of the email.

Before submitting, please ensure that your mentor has read and approved of your manuscript. Your mentor will automatically receive an email requesting his or her approval of your submission. The manuscript guidelines should also be reviewed before submission.

Please send any questions or comments to inquiro@uab.edu.

Authors retain all rights to their submitted work, except to publish in another undergraduate science journal. Inquiro is an internal document of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

For information on submitting cover art, please visit the Cover Art Contest page.