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!

Call for Proposals! 2015-2016

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois, is seeking submissions for our 2015-2016 edition!

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please attend our first Proposal Workshop on October 9 from 5-6 p.m. in room 104 of the English Building. We will be going over the format of the proposal, doing a brief workshop on drafting a prospectus and what makes a strong thesis, and offering examples of proposals that made it into the journal.

On October 23 from 4-5 p.m. in room 304 in the English Building, we will be hosting a second workshop to go over submitting proposals to our online journal. We will register you as an author and train you on how to navigate the online journal system (OJS). Instructions on how to register for those who cannot make it will be provided.

Download our Call for Proposals here or visit the Call for Proposals page to learn more.

Email with any questions!

Fall 2015 Info Session

Welcome back to campus!

The Department of English is hosting an Info Night on August 27 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. We’ll be there with print copies of the journal!

We will also be hosting our own information session on September 11, 2015  from 6-7 p.m. (English Building. 104) for those interested in joining us as authors, editors, or peer reviewers. We will provide an overview of who we are and the many ways you can get involved with our yearlong publication process.

We hope you will join us in our mission to provide a space on campus for literary criticism and foster collaboration between undergraduate students, faculty, and administration.

Please email or Melisa Puthenmadom ( with any questions.

Executive Board Applications

We have extended the deadline for Executive Board Applications until Monday, April 13th at 11:59pm! You can find the form (downloadable as a Word Doc) at our microsite, under the Get Involved tab:

We encourage all students of ANY standing (Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior) to apply for an Executive Board Position. This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a student-run academic publication, which is also searchable on Google Scholar and cataloged in the University Library!

Please email your application to by 11:59pm on Monday, April 13th. Email any questions to

Updated Resources Page

Please make sure to look at our updated “Resources” page; we have added helpful research documents created by our own Harriett Green and other additional resources listed below:

Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian of the University Library, constructed the following documents to assist undergraduate authors in their research:

How to Evaluate Sources
Introduction to Library Research Strategies
Topic Map Worksheet
For the extensive Powerpoint on research methods, click here

Take a look at the Workbook Forms made available from Dr. Wendy Belcher‘s Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success: We highly recommend utilizing the “Designing your Plan for Writing” and “Reviewing the Related Literature” templates to organize your research.

New! Assistant Editor Position Now Open!

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal is currently looking for an Assistant Editor! The Assistant Editor will help the Managing Editor with a variety of tasks related to editing and publishing the Journal, but please note this is not an executive board position.
More information and the application for the position can be found on the following attachment. If interested please fill out the attached application and email it to Alyssa Voltolina at by Sunday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.
Please feel free to contact Alyssa with any questions at
The application can be downloaded here: AssistantEditorApplication

UPDATED: Call for Proposals: Extended Deadline!

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at Illinois, is still seeking submissions for its Spring 2015 publication! Our Open Journal Systems portal begins accepting submissions on Wednesday, November 5th and will remain open until 5pm, Monday, November 10th

We offer an opportunity to publish your work, including papers written in other classes and honors seminars, a current thesis, or a thesis to be written next semester—both Fall and Spring thesis writers are encouraged to submit in an online academic journal, and we hope this change will accommodate the Spring thesis proposal deadline on November 10th.

Please see our Call for Proposals 2014-15 EXTENDED DEADLINE for information about our journal and submission guidelines. To find out how to get involved with other aspects of the journal, we will be hosting Peer Review workshops on November 3rd and 5th, rooms and times to be announced.

Call for Proposals

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois, is seeking submissions for its Spring 2015 publication!

Students currently enrolled as undergraduates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, from any discipline or major, may submit work to Re:Search that fits our vision of the journal as a site of critical analysis. We encourage students to submit literary, media, or cultural criticism. Our audience includes university students, instructors, administration, alumni, and prospective students. In addition, there are opportunities to showcase your work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the spring.

This journal is supported by the English Department and the Office of Undergraduate Research and is launched in collaboration with the Scholarly Commons of the University Library. The online version is open-access and can be found on the Library Catalog and Google Scholar: A limited print run also will be produced.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please attend our Proposal Workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in room 104 in the English Building.

In addition, we are always looking for more students to join our peer review and copy-editing processes. We will be hosting workshops for these positions in the near future.

Please click here for a PDF version of the Call for Proposals  and for more information about our journal and submission guidelines. To find out how to get involved with other aspects of the journal, visit our Facebook page at and the Get Involved tab.

We hope to see you on Oct. 2! Please email us at with any questions.