"Elements, the Undergraduate Research Journal of Boston College, will showcase the varied research endeavors of fellow undergraduates to the greater academic community. By fostering intellectual curiosity and discussion, the journal will strengthen and affirm the community of undergraduate students at Boston College."
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. Starting in the Fall of 2011, Elements began the "Perspectives Initiative." The addition of this section is designed to provide our readers, no matter their academic background, with an understanding of the significance of the research in each and every one of our articles. By doing this, we serve to make our journal an approachable work to the community as a whole.