About the Journal

The Cougar Journal of Undergraduate Research (Cougar JUGR) serves to publish high quality research involving STEM fields conducted by undergraduate students at CSUSM. Each submission undergoes editorial review by a CSUSM faculty member to ensure it meets the review criteria set forth by the Editorial Board (see Author Guidelines and Reviewer Guidelines). The purpose of this journal is to provide students with the opportunity to improve their writing by undergoing a review process and to enable them to make their research available to the community at large.

Focus & Scope

The inaugural issue of The Cougar JUGR, sponsored by the CSUSM College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, features research publications conducted by CSUSM undergraduate students in any focused or interdisciplinary work involving STEM fields. Students from any major are invited to submit articles for potential publication as long as the conducted research utilizes methods common to STEM fields. Future issues of The Cougar JUGR will accept submissions of research articles from any discipline.  

All articles are reviewed by faculty at CSUSM using a common rubric to ensure publications meet the standards set forth by the editorial board. The editorial board will accept submissions of the following types: 

  • Topic or literature reviews on current advances in research
  • Original research papers

Students who have submissions accepted to the journal will also have the opportunity to include a “Student Author Profile” to be featured along with their article. 

Copyright & Licensing

Authors retain copyright of their work. All submissions will be Open Access and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 4.0 license, which permits unrestricted production, distribution, and adaptation, provided that citation of the original work is included.