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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The student should only submit their contribution after receiving approval from their faculty mentor. To view an example submission please click
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."
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 (pdf, doc)
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
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