Current and Accepted Mentored Paper Participants

As part of the Mentored Paper initiative, the URNCST Journal has developed a schedule and agreement that both mentor and mentee(s) agree to abide by, to ensure that enough planning, research and writing time is provided that the mentee can successfully draft a high-quality research paper by the end of a 3 month period. The journal divides the 3 month period into six “blocks”, as shown in the table below. Each block is comprised of a two-week period during which both mentors AND mentees are required to complete specific deliverables based on their respective roles. The first block will begin on the first day of Block 1 outlined below. In order to ensure that mentees are completing their deliverables in a timely fashion, at the start of blocks 2-6, a representative of the journal will send an email to mentors requesting an update on their progress or the submission of work completed to-date. Mentors should advise the journal as soon as possible, if they anticipate a delay in the mentees’ completion of one or more deliverables at any given block. In the event that this happens, every effort should be made to complete this/these deliverable(s) from the previous block, in addition to all deliverables outlined in the next block. Failure to complete deliverables on time consistently may result in a mentees’ disqualification from the mentored paper. At any time, questions or concerns should be directed to


URNCST Journal Mentored Paper Schedule: Round 2 (January to April 2021)



Timeline (Deliverables Due on Last Day of Each Date Range)

Block 1

(Weeks 1-2)

1.      Hold introductory meeting (mentor and mentee)

2.      Provide mentee with feedback on their originally submitted abstract (mentor)

3.      Discuss expectations/meeting schedule (mentor and mentee)

4.      Define the exact research question (mentor and mentee)

5.      Draft rough dot jot outline that describes the direction of the paper including a short list of literature that could be cited in the final paper (mentor and mentee)

January 11- January 24, 2021

Block 2

(Weeks 3-4)

1.      Conduct literature search to identify relevant literature surrounding research question topic area (mentee with guidance from mentor)

2.      Compile list of potential references to cite in the final paper, begin writing the Introduction & Methods section (mentee)

January 25-February 7, 2021

Block 3

(Weeks 5-6)

1.      Provide feedback on literature search/reference list (mentor)

2.      Finish writing Introduction & Methods sections of the manuscript (mentee and mentor)

February 8-February 21, 2021

Block 4

(Weeks 7-8)

1.      Provide feedback on Introduction & Methods sections of the manuscript (mentor)

2.      Begin writing Results and Discussion sections of the manuscript (mentee)


February 22- March 7, 2021

Block 5

(Weeks 9-10)

1.      Finish writing the Results & Discussion sections of the manuscript (mentee)

2.      Provide feedback on Results & Discussion sections of the manuscript (mentor)

March 8- March 21, 2021

Block 6

(Weeks 11-12)

1.      Complete all final revisions/edits of the manuscript (mentee)

2.      Format manuscript accordingly to URNCST Journal submission guidelines (mentee)

3.      Review over formatted manuscript (mentor)

4.      Submit manuscript (mentee)

March 22- April 2, 2021