Fourth Volume Launched!

The fourth volume of Re:Search is now live! Thank you to the many wonderful people whose hard work made this possible; that includes authors, faculty, peer reviewers, copy editors, format editors, graduate student advisors, and, of course, our executive board. Congratulations to you all! Now check out our most recent issue online and enjoy!

Deadline Extension — Monday, November 14th at 11:59 PM!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted to Re:Search thus far! In an effort to give more students the opportunity to submit to us, we have decided to grant a one-week extension on the deadline for proposal submissions. The new deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 14th, 2016 at 11:59 PM. Please see our submission instructions below, and note that there is one step that requires you to email us at in order for one of us to register you with our journal on the online Open Journals System.

As a reminder, students from any major can apply, as long as the proposal adheres to the stipulations outlined in our Aims & Scope. While not all proposals are required to focus on literature, we do require that your proposed project integrate textual analysis in some manner. Feel free to email us ( with any questions regarding your eligibility to submit!

Submission Instructions: ojs-author-instructions-2016

Aims & Scope: Aims & Scope

If you are interested in submitting, but are not an English Major…

Have no fear! You can still submit to Re:Search. While our past submissions have predominantly focused on literary/film/etc. analysis, part of our vision for the future of the journal includes expanding our scope to represent more of the undergraduate research being conducted by students in other departments within the humanities or social sciences. This includes topics related to cultural studies/cultural criticism, analyses rooted in historicism, biography, or artistic or social movements, and so forth. While, of course, we would love to try and find a way to incorporate textual analysis or arts-related content into your research question, it is not necessarily a requirement for publication in the journal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

Find our Call for Proposals here: Call-for-Proposals-2016

Find our OJS Instructions here: ojs-author-instructions-2016

OJS Workshop & Instructions

Hello! Our OJS Workshop is coming up soon–this Wednesday, October 26th at 5 PM in EB 108! At this session, we will help authors who wish to submit to the journal register with the online Open Journals System and offer guidance to anyone struggling with the submission process. Please bring your laptops!

If you are unable to make it, please follow the step-by-step submission instructions here: ojs-author-instructions! As a reminder, we cannot accept submissions that are emailed to us or submitted through any platform other than the Open Journals System.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


Proposal Workshop & Info Session!

If you are considering submitting a proposal to Re:Search, or are curious about other ways to get involved, consider attending our Proposal Workshop & Info Session on Wednesday, October 12th at 5 PM in the English Building (Room 108)! We will provide nourishment (likely Jimmy Johns)!

At the workshop, we will go over sample proposals, discuss the format of submissions, review author guidelines, and introduce our submission platform–the online Open Journal System! This workshop is a great opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about submitting to Re:Search, or simply learn more about the journal. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Call for Proposals! 2016-2017

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois, is seeking submissions for its Spring 2017 publication!

Read our full Call for Proposals here.

Students currently enrolled as undergraduates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from any discipline or major may submit to Re:Search as long as the submissions are in accordance with our vision of the journal as a site of critical analysis. We encourage students to submit literary, media, or cultural criticism. We accept revisions of papers written previously for a class, current or completed honors theses, and even projects conceived outside the classroom.

Students who wish to be published in Re:Search will need to submit a 3-5 page proposal by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 7th, 2016.

DO NOT EMAIL US YOUR PROPOSALS! Please submit them through the Online Journal System (OJS). We will post instructions on how to navigate this system before the end of October, but we will also host a workshop to get as many interested authors set up in the system as possible.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming proposal workshops, which we will hold in October! Please email with any questions about submitting to the journal or other opportunities for involvement.

Please check out the sample proposals included under the “Resources” tab for examples of what your proposal should resemble!

It’s Time for Peer Review!

Interested in becoming a peer reviewer?
We are looking for enthusiastic students that are comfortable providing constructive criticism to their peers. You will be working with the Online Journal System (OJS) to anonymously submit comments and help us determine which paper proposals will make it into our publication.You will become the authority on developing a clear central research question, checking for the quality and originality of the proposed project, determining the potential impact of their scholarship, and checking if the scope of the project is achievable with the resources the author is considering.
Please come to our Peer Review Workshop on November 16th at 4 PM in 1028 Lincoln Hall! We will cover your peer reviewing responsibilities, look at a sample proposal, train you in OJS, and send you home with your officially assigned proposal to review and return before fall break. Please bring your laptops!