About Student Pulse

Student Pulse is an open-access academic journal that highlights the work of students at the undergraduate level and above. The journal publishes work across a range of academic disciplines with a particular focus on the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Purpose and Philosophy

Our goal is to provide a credible and accessible venue for the dissemination of the best student scholarship into the public, professional, and academic discourse.

Let all with something to say be free to express themselves. The true and sound will survive.     Frederick Siebert (1963)

Although students regularly conduct in-depth research and undoubtedly possess unique insights, few venues exist to facilitate engagement with these ideas outside the classroom. We believe that an intellectually engaged society depends on an efficient marketplace of ideas. Thus, Student Pulse offers students a unique opportunity to share work of an academic and intellectual character with a broad audience both within and outside academia.

Editorial Process

All submissions to the journal are evaluated by student peer reviewers. A major part of our editorial process is based on our evaluation of the following characteristics:

  • The expression of new, provocative, or intellectually intriguing ideas;
  • Meticulous referencing of high-quality and appropriate sources;
  • Identification of an analytical framework, theoretical guidance, or description of methodology (where relevant);
  • Consistent use of proper grammatical and stylistic conventions;
  • Clear expression of ideas in writing that is polished and coherent.

Depending on the volume of submissions under review, the process typically takes between two and four months. In March 2014 we introduced the option of receiving an expedited review in which we provide a decision within 10-days, however the vast majority of submissions proceed through the normal track.

Who Publishes in Student Pulse?

We accept submissions from students at the undergraduate level and above (in addition to works completed while the author was enrolled in a university setting). Work in Student Pulse comes from a mix of graduate (37%) and undergraduate students (63%). Of those published in the journal, approximately 63% have completed or are pursuing a Bachelors degree, 26% hold or are pursuing a Masters degree, and roughly 11% have either completed or are completing a PhD, MD, or JD.

Student Pulse represents the work of students from top universities around the globe, including from Harvard, Cambridge, and MIT. However, we have also published work from students at little-known arts institutions and community colleges. Any student at the undergraduate level or above is invited to make a submission to the journal.

History and Growth of the Journal

Student Pulse was established in 2009 by students at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The journal is led by Dustin Turin, who earned an M.A. in Political Science from Northeastern while developing the journal in his spare time. Unlike almost all other academic student publications, the journal has no official affiliation and is financially independent.

Readership and submissions to Student Pulse have grown steadily since the journal's founding. In 2014, the journal received over 400 submissions while attracting nearly 3 million readers in 185 countries. Meanwhile, Student Pulse has helped multiple authors published in the journal negotiate licensing agreements to have their work appear in edited volumes from major publishers, both domestic and international.

Early in 2015, Student Pulse launched a sister projected called JournalQuest. This free program extends the journal's central mission of advancing student scholarship by providing other academic student journals technical tools to increase the accessibility, visibility, and readership of their content, in part by dissemination through our website.