CURA Paper Series

The CURA Paper Series is designed to showcase the original research of GU-Q undergraduate students. All GU-Q students have the opportunity to submit a fully developed paper for consideration. Students whose papers are accepted will have the opportunity to gain professional experience in the review and publishing processes, and will enjoy public exposure of their research via CIRS promotional and academic distribution channels. CIRS editorial staff will work with those students to develop their writing and editing capacities, with a goal of bringing high-quality research to publication. All published CURA papers will be accessible, for free, in print and electronic formats. They will be distributed via online academic platforms and search databases, making them widely circulated for potential citation impact.

Deadline for Fall 2018 paper submissions: November 10, 2018

Submission Guidelines

Who can publish a CURA paper?

CIRS accepts papers written by GU-Q students. Seniors may submit a paper until the summer following their graduation.

How many papers can I submit?

One final paper per student per semester can be submitted. No drafts will be accepted.

How many CURA papers will be published per semester?

This is a competitive process each semester. Papers selected will be published only if the quality of the submissions meets CIRS standards. Be very selective about which paper you decide to submit.

How will you decide on which paper gets published?

All papers are subject to a review process, and will be selected for publication by the CIRS editorial board based on the overall strength of the paper.

When can papers be submitted?

Papers are accepted throughout the year.

Which topics are published under CURA?

CIRS publishes original research on topics broadly encompassing all GU-Q majors.

When will I hear back about my paper submission?

Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions within four weeks.

What kinds of papers can be submitted?

Original research papers, class papers, and abridged certificate and honors theses will be accepted for consideration.

Application Process

You must be logged into your GU email account before you fill in the Application Form, which includes:

  • Author information
  • Paper abstract
  • Keywords
  • Paper submission

For any additional questions, please write to ci..........[at]

Paper Format:

  • Papers should be around 5,000 words.
  • Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition), "notes and bibliography" system.
  • Double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, Microsoft Word format.
  • Arabic transliterations adhere to the International Journal of Middle East Studies.
  • Papers cannot have been previously published.
  • Any copyright concerns are the full responsibility of the author. By submitting work to CIRS, the author agrees to the CIRS Copyright Agreement.