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Author Guidelines

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Call For Papers

Papers submitted from August–December of 2018 will be considered for the spring 2019 edition. You may upload your manuscript at any time prior to the deadline (the exact deadline for submissions to the spring 2019 edition of The Owl is TBA). Manuscripts are chosen based on scholarly merit, not submission date. Please submit your manuscript by registering as an author, and following the instructions provided. The Owl has a rolling submission process and accepts manuscripts for the next available issue throughout the academic year.

Submission Components

  • A short bio
  • Abstract
  • An electronic copy of the manuscript/creative work with an appropriate title
  • Read and affirm your agreement to the Student Submission Agreement on the "Submit Article" page.

Format

  • .doc or .docx format (Microsoft Word)
  • 12-point font
  • Times News Roman
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • Place only one space after each period
  • Page numbers required
  • Citations must be in APA format. Click here for rules and guidelines for in-text citations in APA format, and here for rules and guidelines for creating a references page in APA format. See below for example APA citations

The text and title page of your manuscript do not need to be in strict APA format, as long as they meet the requirements above regarding font, margins, and spacing. Please do, however, use clear, precise English. Furthermore, please take the following notes into account:

  • Use American spelling when applicable (e.g., "behavior" instead of "behaviour")
  • Capitalize after colons if what follows the colon is an independent clause
  • Use serial commas (e.g., "...France, Italy, and the UK")
  • Label figures, tables, and graphs numerically (e.g., "Figure 1; Figure 2...; Table 1; Table 2..."), and label appendices alphabetically (e.g., "Appendix A; Appendix B...")
  • Use hyphens to tie words together (e.g., "one-third"), en dashes to connect objects/words related by (temporal) distance (e.g., "January–March"), and em dashes to offset a parenthetical insertion or redirect a thought (e.g., "Sophocles is one of the few ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived—though many of them have only survived in fragmentary form")
  • If you are quoting 40 or more words of material from another source, format the material as a freestanding block quotation (and omit the quotation marks)

Example APA reference list citations

  • Doe, J., & Smith, J. (2018). Shaking fists at copyeditors: Unifying citation style makes life easier for everyone. Journal of Samples and Examples, 5, 100-110. [Style for articles]
  • Doe, T. J. (2018). APA style: The format that keeps everyone on the same page. Publisher Location Here: Publisher Name Here. [Style for books]
  • Doe, E. J., & Smith, R. J. (2018, May 22). Websites: Sometimes good sources, other times not. Retrieved from http://placeyourlinkhere.com [Style for websites]
  • Note that references must have a hanging indent on your references page
  • You can view a sample APA references page on p. 9 of this PDF

Paper length

  • The mandatory bio has a 50-word limit
  • The mandatory abstract has a 150–200-word limit
  • The mandatory manuscript has a 1400–5000-word limit (excluding references; exceptions may be issued upon petition of the editor-in-chief)

Figures, Tables, Graphs, Illustrations, & Pictures

  • All figures, tables, graphs, illustrations, and pictures must be publication-ready (300–600 dpi is typically appropriate; if you are concerned about image quality, please send the original images rather than screenshots/reduced file size versions)
  • Place all figures, tables, graphs, illustrations, and pictures where you would like them to be within the paper (i.e., do not place all figures at the end of the article, unless you would like them to be printed at the end of the article)
  • Resizing will be necessary and will be done by the editorial staff if your paper is chosen to be published
  • Your figure, table, graph, illustration, and/or picture should be interpretable in both black-and-white and in color

Criteria for Journal Publication

  • The manuscript must be written for general audience. Avoid excessive use of jargon. Please add a glossary if necessary
  • The manuscript must follow the formatting guidelines outlined above
  • The references and in-text citations must be in APA style. Your paper will not be rejected on the basis of small deviations from APA style; if necessary, such deviations will be corrected during the revision process
  • The author’s name should only appear on the first page/title page of the paper. This aids the editorial board in conducting a blind review
  • Prior to submitting, read the Frequently Asked Questions page for important information regarding your manuscript

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under review at another journal (or, if so, an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in .doc or .docx file format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text and references adhere to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
 

Copyright Notice

All works published in The Owl are published under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA) license. The author retains copyright. 

 

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