Here are some of our most frequently asked questions! Can’t find your answer? Please do not hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Due to COVID-19, is Aleph still taking new members / planning to publish?
A: Yes to both. We will take new staff members virtually starting winter quarter, and will have a structure that allows members who are abroad to work asynchronously if need be. There will be some live meetings, but you can expect these to be recorded. As for publishing, the print run of the journal may be delayed since it depends on our staff having access to the URC’s office, but the escholarship (digital) copy will definitely be published the same time it always is. In any sense, we are accepting submissions for this year’s publication likely in January.
Q: Why is the journal called Aleph?
A: Aleph was originally named as such in reference to the short story “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges, and is, according to Wikipedia, “a point in space that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping, or confusion.” Aleph hopes to do the same by taking a cacophony of perspectives and funneling them into a single journal, bringing unity to the plurality and fostering a richer understanding of the world.
But more than this, the word Aleph itself is the term used for the first letter of the Arabic script, Hebrew script, and Phoenician script. Since Arabic and Hebrew are languages closely tied to religious texts that have left a massive impact on global heritage, and since Phoenician was the alphabet that inspired pretty much every alphabet, including the Latin script, the name Aleph is a suitable term for a journal that wishes to make research more accessible, that wishes to share a story of humanity that is unified in its diversity.
Q: Where can I get a copy of Aleph?
A: You will find journals at the Undergraduate Research Center. Our office is located at A334 Murphy Hall. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, our office is currently not open.
Q: How do I become an Aleph staff member?
A: Generally, you can become a staff member by attending the first meeting of Aleph in the Winter or Spring quarter, where you will receive a PTE. Since this is virtual this year, we will likely put a zoom link on the website with a time for a preliminary meeting. If you wish to be informed of this time, please indicate so by emailing us. Information on the times and locations can be found in the class planner under “Honors Collegium 101C – UCLA Undergraduate Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences.” Please see our “Join the Staff” page for more information on joining the team.
Q: Does Aleph count for credit?
A: It’s up to you. You can enroll in HNRS 101C for 2 units of P/NP upper division credit per quarter (can be repeated up to 8 times), or volunteer at the meeting times of the HNRS 101C class.
Q: What about Honors credit? Does Aleph work to satisfy that?
A: Aleph counts as an SRP, meaning it can be repeated for up to four units of Upper Division Honors credit (2 quarters). This does have to be manually applied however, meaning the system will not automatically transfer this to Honors credit and you will have to meet with an Honors Counselor after the end of the given quarter in order for them to add it towards your Honors requirements.
Q: What are the expectations when working for Aleph?
A: The most important thing is that you are passionate! Aleph involves a range of different experiences, from deliberating which submissions to accept to working with Adobe InDesign, meaning that Aleph both has something for everyone, as well as a great way to step out of your comfort zone. At Aleph, you get out as much as you want to put in.
Submission and Research-Related Questions
Q: Will Aleph accept my submission?
A: Aleph accepts submissions that manifest original thought, clear analysis, and a high standard of research. We encourage all UCLA undergraduates who have conducted research in the humanities, social sciences, or behavioral sciences to submit their papers to us. Please see our “Submission Info” page to learn more.
Q: Why didn’t Aleph publish my work?
A: Publishing in Aleph is competitive. The journal endeavors to select only the best undergraduate research. Please note that submissions which might deserve publication are not always accepted. This may be due to limitations in space, unusually strong competition, or an article’s similarity to recently published material.
Q: How will Aleph publish my work?
A: All accepted submissions will be published on the online website; however, due to limited amount of space, some will not be published in the print edition. Submissions that will be published in the print edition will be determined by all editors once all submissions have been reviewed and edited.
Q: How long does Aleph take to make submission decisions?
A: The staff reviews all submissions during Winter Quarter of each academic year to decide on journal content. Aleph will notify writers of its decisions during this period.
Q: What does double-blind mean?
A: Aleph is a double-blind peer review journal, which means that the editors reviewing the paper will not be aware of the authors and vice versa–the authors will not know who is reviewing their work. This process eliminates any biases that can arise from knowing the editor or author.