Journal History

Elements, Boston College’s only undergraduate research journal, was founded in September 2004 by a group of twenty undergraduate students. The journal published its first issue in May of 2005, featuring research articles written by BC undergraduates along with shorter special features. The goal of the publication is to become a forum for the exchange of original ideas within and across disciplines at the university. Staff members read and evaluate all submitted manuscripts and select the best articles on the basis of quality of scholarship as well as readability. Faculty members are occasionally consulted to assist staff members in the evaluation process.

Today Elements is published twice annually and is consistently recognized by the university and the community as a publication of the highest quality. As an organization, we strive to pursue excellence and to bring our organization to the next level at every opportunity. In 2015, we initiated a partnership with BC Libraries and the Center for Teaching Excellence to bring Elements into the next phase of its growth. In collaboration with these hubs of digital scholarship, Elements is in the process of becoming a 21st century journal, representative of emerging trends in undergraduate research and e-scholarship.