About PURM

Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (PURM) is an open-access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal supporting the mission of undergraduate research and the programs that strive to provide undergraduate students opportunities to participate in scholarly activities with faculty mentors.

PURM currently runs on a themed-issue format, but general submissions are also welcomed. The invited guest editors handle the submissions to the themed-issue paper calls, while the general submissions are handled by the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Qian Xu (qxu@elon.edu). Each annual issue is released in the fall. Please see the Call for Papers for information on the current theme.

Most of the articles in PURM are co-authored by undergraduate students (either currently enrolled or in the year following graduation). As of 2015, more than 65% of PURM‘s articles included student co-authors.

PURM is an open-access journal, meaning that users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.

Publisher: Elon University

ISSN: 2157-7307

Copyright Licensing

Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring does not publish primary scholarship that is a direct result of an undergraduate research project but instead focuses on community-building dialogues. Therefore, intellectual property (IP) is less a concern than recognition for professional activity and publication. Authors’ works should be protected but still open to the community. For this reasons, articles published in PURM will carry a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International.  This license protects an author’s legal and moral rights while still allowing open source remixing and revisioning of the work. For example, under this license, a second author might take the work of another author and insert substantial commentary or dialogue into the original piece while attributing original work to the original author (akin to a remix or mashup in music or video). The new piece could be published by PURM under the Share Alike aspect of the CC license.

For specific details of the license, please visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode

Click on the links to the left for more specific information about PURM’s aims as a multidisciplinary journal addressing the mission of the journal and the audience it seeks to draw as a result.

If you have any questions or would like further information about PURM, please send an email to purm@elon.edu.