The Political Science Undergraduate Review (PSUR) 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.

How to Submit

  1.  As 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.
  2. Ensure that your paper conforms to all the requirements under the Author Guidelines (below).
  3. Ensure that all papers conform to the requirements listed under Formatting.
  4. Please email submissions to The email must include: title, course it was submitted for, and the grade received.

Author Guidelines

  1. Papers must have received a grade of A- or higher.
  2. Submitted papers should be between 1000-5000 words in length. This is only a preferred guideline and is flexible.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Papers must have been written for a Political Science undergraduate class at the University of Alberta.
  6. Submissions must be the author’s own original work and should not have been previously published.
  7. The Political Science Undergraduate Association does not accept policy briefs.


  1. Submissions should be formatted as either .doc or .rtf ( PDFs will not be accepted).
  2. Single spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font.
  3. Use a space in between paragraphs.
  4. Use 2.54 cm margins (1 inch) on all sides.
  5. Use Canadian spelling.
  6.  All articles MUST be properly cited. The Political Science Undergraduate Review accepts all citation styles upon submission.
  7.  Remove any sort of personal identifiers (name, student ID #, etc.) in order to ensure a blind review process.
  8.  Do not include page numbers on submissions

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses 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.

Authors 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

Anusha Kav - Submissions Editor

Aryssa Hasham - Themes Editor

Evan MacDonald - Distribution Manager

Heather Taskey - Compilation Coordinator

Tristan Turner - Submissions Editor

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

Distribution Manager: responsible for organizing communication and logistics regarding the printing and selling of the journal.

Compilation Editor: responsible for formating the submissions, developing a cover, and making the PSUR presentable and ready for print.

Themes Editor: responsible for creating the 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 and the peer-review process please email Alex Hammond at