Columbia Undergraduate Journal of Gynecology and Women's Health
Guidelines for Original Research Submissions
Manuscripts must be at least 6 pages single-spaced, including
all figures/tables, references, and supplementary materials.
If additional space is needed, please prepare a Supplementary
Materials document containing additional accompanying text,
figures, and tables.
Text should be 12 point font and 1 inch margins.
The work should be submitted in .docx and .pdf format.
Lines should be numbered. In Word, this can be done by Layout
→ Line numbers
Pages should be numbered at the top right.
Writing should be clear, logical, and free from typographical
or grammatical errors.
Include a 150-200-word, non-technical summary of the
manuscript as well as an abstract.
The summary should be different from the abstract. The summary
should outline the main points of your manuscript in an
engaging manner that can be easily read and understood by a
non-expert. A summary should focus on the conclusions of your
research, while the abstract often also briefly describes the
methods and details of the manuscript.
From the abstract, readers must get the essence of what your
manuscript is about, usually in about 200 words. Most
informative abstracts also have the following key components in
common: background of the research topic, aim or purpose of
research, methods used, significant results, and importance of
the findings. Each of these components may be summarized in 1–2
The introduction should discuss previous research relevant to
the field and the research project being presented in the
manuscript. Emphasis should also be placed on the reasoning and
significance of this research.
Make sure to introduce concepts and terminology used in the
body of the manuscript.
Figures and Tables
Figures may be incorporated into the body of the text for
readability, at the end of the work, or in a supplementary
folder. Submitting an additional folder of high-resolution
figure files is much appreciated and will make your work look
better in the publication!
Tables should be submitted in text format.
For plots and graphs, axes should be clearly marked and
legible. Figures should be clearly labeled if applicable.
All figures and tables require legends that fully explain the
subfigures or specifics of the figure. It should not be
necessary to read the results section to be able to understand
Citations should be parenthetical (Author, Year) and embedded
within the main text.
References should be formatted as follows: Authors (Year).
Title. Journal/Book. Volume, Page Numbers.
Example: Noctor, S.C., Martinez-Cerdeno, V., Ivic, L., and
Kriegstein, A.R. (2004). Cortical neurons arise in symmetric
and asymmetric division zones and migrate through specific
phases. Nature Neuroscience 7, 136–144.
*Adopted from the Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal