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Author Guidelines

To Submit to SOAR

Please download and complete the submission form, follow its instructions, and adhere to the author guidelines below.

Eligibility

Submissions to the SOAR journal will be accepted from any current undergraduate social science student or recent alumni (up to one-year post-graduation).

All submissions must be endorsed by a faculty sponsor at a college or university. Your faculty sponsor will indicate their support for your publication by signing the submission form. Students are encouraged to discuss their work with their faculty sponsors on an ongoing basis prior to submission.

Please note that papers with multiple authors, including faculty authors, will be considered, but an undergraduate student must be listed as the first author on all submissions.

Types of Submissions

  1. Research Article: a full study, complete with introduction, literature review, methods, analysis, discussion, and conclusions. The actual structure should be appropriate to the discipline and style of the manucript.
  2. Research Note: an abbreviated study aimed at reporting findings, including a reduced literature review.
  3. Book Review: a thoughtful and critical review of a published book-length work of relevance to social science.
  4. Review Article: an assessment of current trends, themes, and directions of a defined research literature.
  5. Commentary/Response: a thoughtful and critical response to a published research article or note, or to another commentary.

Submission Guidelines

Undergraduate work in any social science field and/or topic is welcome. The journal is designed to celebrate the great diversity of scholarly and creative pursuits of undergraduate social science students.Traditional academic research papers, research notes, review articles, book reviews, and commentaries/responses are all welcome. Authors assume all responsibility for producing original material that has not been published elsewhere or infringes upon copyright in any form. Authors also assume responsibility for adhering to the ethical standards upheld by their disciplines and institutions, including obtaining IRB approval. Please examine the appropriate guidelines, found below.

Research Articles and Research Notes (blinded, peer reviewed)

  • The journal welcomes scholarly research articles and notes from all social science disciplines. Manuscripts that report negative findings and/or demonstrate replicable findings are also acceptable.
  • All documents must be submitted as .doc or .docx formats. Please do not submit documents in other formats, such as PDF documents.
  • Research article submissions should not exceed 30 pages, including figures, tables, and images.References are not counted in the page count. Research notes should not exceed 10 pages including figures, tables, and images.
  • All text should be double-spaced, Times New Roman, in 12-point font, and have 1-inch margins. Formatting should be consistent with the APA Style Guide. Do not edit the headers or footers in the Word document.
  • Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title, abstract, and keywords; main text; references; appendices (if applicable).
  • The structure of the manuscript should be consistent with the standards of the social science tradition from which the manuscript is written (i.e., qualitative, quantitative, discipline-specific conventions, etc.).
  • To ensure a fair review process, the author(s)’s name(s) must not appear in the manuscript.
    • The name of the manuscript should be saved as the title of the submission only.
  • A separate title page that includes the author(s)’s name and affiliations, must also be submitted as a separate document.┬áThis title page should include the following, in order: title, author(s)’s name(s) and affiliation(s); abstract; keywords; acknowledgements (if applicable).
    • The authors should be listed in the order their names should appear in publication. An undergraduate student (or recent alumni) must be listed as the first author to be published.
    • The name of this title page should be saved as “Title Page [Title of Submission]”
  • All figures, tables, and images must be placed in the document as you want them to appear. To facilitate publication, all figures, labels and tables must also be included as separate files with the submission. Each figure, table and image may not span more than one page of the submitted manuscript. Each image must be carefully labeled by a figure number and title as outlined in the APA style guide.
  • Figures (not tables) will only be accepted in .jpg formats. The font used for figures must be Times New Roman, size 9-12. The figure background must be white (not transparent). All figures must have a vertical orientation and be no more than 1,000 pixels wide or 72 pixels per inch tall. In addition, the resolution should be set at 72ppi.
  • Tables must be editable and cell-based. Tables must not be organized using returns, tabs, spaces, or cells within cells. Tables must not include any graphics or embedded tables. The font with the figure must be Times New Roman size 9-12.
  • All submissions in this category must follow the latest APA guidelines for citing, labeling figures and tables, style, and referencing.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission form.

Book Reviews (editor reviewed)

  • The journal welcomes reviews of books of relevance to social science disciplines.
  • All documents must be submitted as .doc or .docx formats. Please do not submit documents in other forms, such as PDF documents.
  • Book reviews should not exceed 10 pages.
  • Book reviews should not contain figures, tables, or images.
  • All text should be double-spaced, Times New Roman, in 12-point font, and have 1-inch margins. Formatting should be consistent with the APA Style Guide. Do not edit the headers or footers in the Word document.
  • Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title, author, affiliation, text.
    • The name of the manuscript should be saved as the title of the book author last name.
    • An undergraduate student (or recent alumni) must be listed as the first author to be published.
  • All submissions in this category must follow the latest APA guidelines for citing and referencing.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission form.

Review Articles (editor reviewed)

  • The journal welcomes review articles from all social science disciplines.
  • All documents must be submitted as .doc or .docx formats. Please do not submit documents in other forms, such as PDF documents.
  • Review articles should not exceed 10 pages.
  • Reviews should not contain figures, tables, or images.
  • All text should be double-spaced, Times New Roman, in 12-point font, and have 1-inch margins. Formatting should be consistent with the APA Style Guide. Do not edit the headers or footers in the Word document.
  • Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title, author, affiliation, text.
    • The name of the manuscript should be saved as the title of the review author last name.
    • An undergraduate student (or recent alumni) must be listed as the first author to be published.
  • All submissions in this category must follow the latest APA guidelines for citing and referencing.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission form.

Commentaries/Responses (editor reviewed)

  • The journal welcomes and invites commentaries about published research articles/notes.
  • All documents must be submitted as .doc or .docx formats. Please do not submit documents in other forms, such as PDF documents.
  • Commentaries should not exceed 10 pages.
  • Commentaries should not contain figures, tables, or images.
  • All text should be double-spaced, Times New Roman, in 12-point font, and have 1-inch margins. Formatting should be consistent with the most recent APA Style Guide. Do not edit the headers or footers in the Word document.
  • Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title, author, affiliation, text.
    • The name of the manuscript should be saved as the title of commentary author last name.
    • An undergraduate student (or recent alumni) must be listed as the first author to be published.
  • All submissions in this category must follow the latest APA guidelines for citing and referencing.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate submission form.

Download

Author Agreement Form (once manuscript is ready for publication)

SOAR Submission Form (to initiate the submission process)