In 2001, the University of British Columbia (UBC) launched a capstone course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) program in microbiology and immunology. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the revised articles produced in these CURE courses have been archived in an open-access online undergraduate research journal titled the Undergraduate Journal of Experimental Microbiology and Immunology (UJEMI). UJEMI is a repository for new scientific findings, technical information about reagents and methods, and a growing body of literature derived from undergraduate research from around the world.
With respect to the unique opportunity gap that we believe undergraduate journals should fill, authorship in UJEMI+ is restricted to only undergraduate students enrolled at recognized post secondary institutions. At the same time, UJEMI+ recognizes the importance of publishing high quality scientific research conducted at accredited institutions; thus, to be considered for publication in UJEMI+, we require a formal endorsement from a course instructor or researcher who mentored the student authors. Published manuscripts include a section explicitly acknowledging this endorsement.