Submit a Manuscript

Important Deadlines

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019. Please note that we will not begin reviewing manuscripts until October 2018, but you are strongly encouraged to submit in advance.


Important Information

  1. All submissions will be submitted to Turnitin and checked for plagiarism. If a significant amount of your paper is flagged, your paper will be automatically rejected. If a minor amount is flagged, you may be asked to reword a section/sections of your paper and resubmit.
  2. If your manuscript was written for a course assignment, you must request permission from your course instructor and submit the signed Permission Form. If your manuscript was not written for a course, you still need to complete the Permission Form (although you do not need a professor’s signature). Download the form here(Update: As of September 2017, we no longer require authors to hand in their permission forms at the time of manuscript submission. Permission forms can be handed in anytime before January. We also accept permission electronically, which requires your professor to state via email that they consent to you publishing your paper with us.)
  3. Please contact us before submitting a paper written for a class lab assignment.
  4. Official ethical approval is required for all research projects involving the collection of data from human or animal subjects. Research projects that did not receive official approval are considered “for educational purposes only” and thus cannot be published in the WUPJ. These studies are often conducted for second or third year research courses, and are approved by the instructor of the course. If you are unsure whether official approval was granted, please check with your instructor before submitting. Literature reviews or meta analyses that involve reviewing or analyzing published data do not require official approval.
  5. Please read an article from our archive before submitting to familiarize yourself with the writing style required for publication.


Guidelines for Submissions

  1. Your manuscript can be written for any discipline (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, History, etc.) but it must pertain to the study of the brain, mind, and behaviour.
  2. Authors can be undergraduate students enrolled at any university (not just Western!). Graduates may also submit undergraduate theses or independent study projects if they were written in the previous year.
  3. The manuscript must be your original work. All sources must be credited. The first author must have played a significant role to the design, execution, analysis and writing for this paper. Our Editor-in-Chief will enter your submission to an anti-plagiarism software to verify the originality of your work.
  4. All co-authors must give permission for the manuscript to be submitted.
  5. All papers should have received a grade over 80%.
  6. Manuscripts must be around 1,500-8,000 words, including References and Appendices. We can accept longer works if you are willing to collaborate with our editors on reducing length; please mention this in your submission email.
  7. Manuscripts must be in APA format (6th edition).
  8. Graphs or figures are acceptable in colour – refer to our archive for examples.


If you have read the above guidelines, click here to proceed.