The Political Science Undergraduate Review is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly work done by University of Alberta undergraduates in the field of political science. We have two objectives: to give undergraduate students a chance to have their scholarly work published and recognized and to involve students in the process of peer-review. Our mission is to publish one journal a year to give students the opportunity to publish some of their written work -- a beneficial asset when applying to grad school or future job opportunities.

Please check back here for deadlines to submit to the 2018 edition of the Political Science Undergraduate Review.

How to Submit

  • As the papers we receive will have primarily been submitted for a class assignment, we ask that you take any feedback given from professors and incorporate that into your submitted work.
  • Ensure that your paper conforms to all the requirements under the Author Guidelines.
  • Ensure that all papers conform to the requirements listed under Formatting.
  • Please email submissions to The email must include: name, course it was submitted for, and the grade received.

Author Guidelines

  1. Papers must have received a grade of A- or higher.
  2. The subject matter must be relevant to Political Science.
  3. Submitted papers should be between 1000-5000 words in length.  
  4. Articles must be accompanied by a short abstract (between 150-200 words in length) that gives a brief description of what the paper is about.
  5. Although the papers may have been written for a specific class, consider providing more information that may be relevant to readers of a larger academic audience if necessary. This may include explaining specific details or adding to the introduction of the paper.
  6. Papers must have been written for a Political Science undergraduate class at the University of Alberta.
  7. Submissions must be the author’s own original work and should not have been previously published.


  • Submissions should be formatted as either .doc or .rtf (no PDFs).
  • Single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Use a space in between paragraphs.
  • Use 2.54 cm margins (1 inch) on all sides.
  • Use Canadian spelling.
  • All articles MUST be properly cited.
  • Remove any sort of personal identifiers (name, ID #, etc.) in order to ensure a blind review process.
  • Do not include page numbers on submissions.

Privacy Statement

  • The names and email address entered for the journal will be used exclusively for the stated purpose of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Copyright Notice

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication.
  • uthors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work with an acknowledgement of its initial publication to this journal.


  • The Political Science Undergraduate Review is not responsible or liable for papers that contain elements of being plagiarized. The liability rests with the author of that particular paper and by submitting a paper, the author consents to this statement.  

Political Science Undergraduate Review Publication Team

Alexandria Hammond - PSUA VP Academic - Managing Editor
Cindy Anderson - Political Science Faculty Liaison
Shane Scott - Submissions Editor
Heather Taskey - Compilation Coordinator
Are Hamor - Submissions Editor
Rhiannon Howell-Matwichuk - Submissions Editor

We are currently seeking editors! If you are interested in getting involved, consider applying for one of the following positions at the next uptake of volunteers. 

Submissions Editors: Submissions Editors will be responsible for selecting which papers are to be published and proof-reading for quality insurance, fact checking, and ensuring overall academic integrity.

Compilation Editor: The Compilation Coordinator will format the submissions, develop a cover, and make the PSUR presentable and ready for print.

Themes Editor: The Themes Editor is responsible for creating major themes based on submissions and  structuring the PSUR in logical chapters that make sense in the context of an academic journal. 

Please note that all listed positions may retain the responsibility to assist in collective efforts of printing and  promoting the PSUR.

If you have any questions about the PSUR or would like to apply to become an editor please email your resume to Alex at