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Call for Papers

The deadline for the submission of a research or creative manuscript is October 21, 2016. The manuscript must be in MS Word format (a .doc file) and emailed by the student to the Faculty Editor-in-Chief (mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu). The student should only submit their contribution after receiving approval from their faculty mentor. To view an example submission please click  here.

Original research articles and creative articles produced by current or recent USC Upstate undergraduate or graduate students along with the help of their faculty project advisor(s) will be considered for publication. The article should describe a project that was recently completed and similar versions of the article could be published elsewhere. If you are submitting an identical version of a paper that has already been published in a journal or conference proceedings, make sure the other publications do not object if your paper ends up being selected for publication in "The USC Upstate Student Research Journal."

Review Criteria 
Papers are reviewed based on the following criteria: a well-written paper; significance and purpose of the research well described for a multi-disciplinary audience; well-developed research design and methodology; thoughtfully interpreted and analyzed results; excellent utilization of supporting materials or references; a non-repetitive, efficiently organized, convincing and easy-to-follow paper. There is a best student paper award competition, where the top ranked paper submitted with an undergraduate as first author will receive a prize of $500.00 and the top ranked paper submitted by a graduate student as first author will receive a prize of $500.00. The specific review rubric used by the Editorial Board can be viewed by clicking here.  Note that students are eligible to submit to the journal and compete in the student award competition up to one-year following graduation from USC Upstate. 

Submission Guidelines (pdfdoc)  
Remember your audience! Your article will be read by mostly undergraduates (as well as scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines) and thus should be readable and comprehensible to anyone interested in the topic, regardless of their expertise. Yet, one should avoid devoting more than a few sentences toward the explanation of standard information that should be known to the majority of those in academia. Your manuscript should uphold a level of sophistication that represents the standards that USC Upstate strives to promote.

These guidelines are provided as a standard so that you have an idea of what the manuscript should look like. At the same time, this is your work. If you feel that the quality of your manuscript might be compromised due to the above guidelines, then feel free to make any minor changes to fit your expectations. Finally, the Editorial Board will work with you in order to create an article that suits our standards as well as yours, so feel free to submit what you think will work. To view an example submission please click  here.

  • All text should be double spaced and in 12 point font.
  • Title: Should appear at the very beginning of the manuscript and should reflect upon the holistic nature of the idea behind the manuscript. The title should not be as generalized as to encompass myriad ideas. At the same time, do not scare the reader away. Make the title appropriate yet appealing.
  • Authors: List all authors below the title. The student who made that largest contribution to the project/paper should be listed first, followed by any additional students who worked on the project, and finally the faculty project advisor(s) should be listed last. Include full name, title/major, department affiliation, email address and phone number for each author. Please provide accurate email and phone information so that the Editorial Board can easily contact you during the final editing of your contribution.
  • Abstract: A clear and concise yet engaging abstract that summarizes the author's research and conclusions should appear next. This section should be between 200-250 words.
  • Introduction: The manuscript should have a general introduction to the main topic of your paper. It should provide the necessary background information in order for the paper to be fully comprehensible. Include the purpose of your research, why it was conducted and what is important about it.
  • Methods section(s): Describe the main procedure used to perform your inquiry. Explain the main methods used and why that particular procedure was used as well as the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Results and Discussion: This section is a very important section of the manuscript. Do not focus too much on results; rather take this chance to examine the trends or implications in order to substantiate your conclusions. Your audience is more interested in the implications of the results and the conclusions you draw from them.
  • Conclusion: This relatively short section should be the closing paragraph of your manuscript. In few sentences, summarize the purpose of the study and the conclusions that you made. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the inquiry, so as to provide an insight into further studies. Though you already stated the importance of your inquiry in the introduction, here you are stating the importance of your findings and conclusions and their potential affect in your overall field of study.
  • Acknowledgement section: Include any relevant acknowledgements you would like to make. If a similar version of the paper has been published or presented elsewhere, please indicate that here.
  • References section: Make sure all references are cited within the manuscript at the end of the document. Failure to cite properly is a serious academic violation of USC Upstate's honor code and will not be tolerated. Each reference number cited in the text should be enclosed in square brackets, and inclusive lists should use a hyphen to indicate a range, even for two consecutive numbers. (EXAMPLE: [1], [3]-[4], [7]-[9] NOT [1], [3], [4], [7], [8], [9] OR [1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9]) There is no need to use the term "reference" when citing a reference in text. EXAMPLE: In [23]. Several sample references are included in the submission guidelines document above. Please follow these styles very closely. To view an example submission please click here.
  • Tables and Figures: Please include pertinent illustrations, pictures and graphs in order to make the article more visually appealing to the reader. Each figure should be labeled with an explanatory caption.
  • Paper Length: The manuscript should be at least 5 pages but no more than 15 (typed, 12 point font, 1 inch margin, double-spaced). Special exceptions may be granted. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief to obtain permission if this is a problem.
  • Submission Details: Email the manuscript in Microsoft Word format (.doc file) only to the Faculty Editor-in-Chief (mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu) before the due date.