Submission Guidelines

The Call for Papers for currently closed, however, we will be opening up submissions in the New Year for Vol. 4 No. 2.

We accept essays on Ancient History & Classics, Business & Economics, English & Film, International Relations, Law, Middle Eastern Studies, Modern Languages, Social Sciences, and Theology & Religion for our print journal.

Social Science was a brand new section for Issue 5 and accepts submissions primarily from Sociology and Anthropology. We will also consider essays from other subjects on a case by case basis for Social Sciences.

We accept essays from all disciplines for our online edition. 

Before you submit your essay to us via email, please see the Submissions Guidelines below.

The Undergraduate Exeter strives to showcase the strongest and most compelling undergraduate work at the University of Exeter. Our journal emphasises two key areas that we feel are integral to academic study in the twenty-first century: accessibility and interdisciplinary. It is our goal to give students a platform to showcase work they are proud of outside the lecture hall and to encourage people to enjoy learning and researching.

Papers and articles we have published in the past have compared football to the British parliamentary system, discussed the problems with the application of patent law to scents, and tracked the different literary and artistic interpretations of Sappho’s poetry—and the implications of these interpretations—through the ages.

 Submission Guidelines

1. The Undergraduate Exeter only seeks academic, non-fiction essays. Essayists must be undergraduates. 

2. Please submit essays electronically as a MICROSOFT WORD (.doc or .docx) file to the email address [email protected]. Do not include your name in the document. This is to ensure that our reviewing is blind and, therefore, fair. Instead, please provide the following information in the body of your email:



Section that you are submitting to:

3. Submissions are not restricted to essays written for coursework.

4. Print edition submissions should follow a 3000 word limit. Citations and footnotes are not included in the word count. Photographs and images are allowed as long as they are credited appropriately.

5. Essay citations should follow a recognised citation system appropriate to the academic discipline being covered (MLA, APA, Chicago).

6. During each Call for Submissions cycle, authors may submit a maximum of one essay to the journal.

7. By submitting work to The Undergraduate Exeter, authors grant the journal the right to edit and publish the submitted essay in print and online.

Note: while other journals are able to tentatively accept submissions on the condition that they be revised appropriately by the author and resubmitted, given our high submission numbers The Undergraduate Exeter will only either accept – or reject – a submission. Unless you re-submit an essay, we are unable to ‘carry over’ submissions from the first submissions cycle into the second cycle, and we do not conditionally accept submissions. We are, however, able to provide feedback upon request. (Please email [email protected])


Reviewing Process:
1. Submissions are anonymised by the Editor-in-Chief and then allocated to the appropriate subject editors and readers for review.
2. Subject editors and readers will read over all the submissions. The subject editor, after considering the journal’s criteria and after discussion with the readers, will select one piece for publication and one piece for web publication. Both pieces should reflect the values of the journal. Subject Editor will also make minor edits for publication (eg. spelling and grammar mistakes, formatting issues).
3. Editor-in-Chief will review the selected pieces to ensure they reflect the values of the journal, and edit as necessary.
4. Selected pieces are proof-read by the editorial panel and administrative team before publication.