Submission Guidelines

Please be sure to read over all of the submission guidelines below. Included on this page are:

Submission Guidelines

  1. All submissions should be read, edited, and approved by your mentor prior to
  2. On the submission form, be sure to fill out all of the information as completely as possible. This will ensure a timely review of your submission.
  3. Submissions should be in Word (docx), double spaced, with line numbers included.
  4. The Chatham JUR style formatting requirements can be found here [will link to style page]. Submissions not following the required style will be returned without review.
  5. A completed authorship form [add link to the form] is to be submitted along with the manuscript.
    1. Only individuals who made substantial contributions to the manuscript (e.g., study design, data collection, data analysis, writing, review, or editing).
    2. Gratuitous authorship is prohibited.
    3. Other non-substantial contributors should be added to the Acknowledgement
  6. Reference style
    1. References should not be in the abstract.
    2. Submissions should use APA style* for in-text and Reference section.
    3. References should be listed in order of appearance.

* Do not include doi or the url for references


Review Information

Below is a typical workflow for the review process:

  1. Submissions will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to formatting/style policies. Incomplete submissions or those with wrong formatting/style will be returned to authors.
  2. Appropriate submissions will be reviewed by members of the faculty, student reviewers, and, when applicable, external reviewers.
  3. Reviewers will be asked to complete their reviews in two to four weeks. Reviewers have the option to accept with revisions or reject. Rejections will need substantial evidence in support of the decision, but the final decision is at the discretion of the editor.
  4. Reviewers will use judge the submission on national refereed journal standards: notation of IRB/IACUC approval (when applicable); appropriate methodology; proper controls; reproducibility; proper statistical methods; and contribution to the field.
  5. A summary of the reviewer’s comments and status will be emailed to the author. The author should communicate with their mentor to address the reviewer’s comments prior to a resubmission.
  6. Resubmissions should include the following:
    1. A clean version of the revised manuscript.
    2. A red-lined version of the revised manuscript highlighting (red text) the changes in the revised manuscript.
    3. Responses to the reviewers including changes made (line numbers should also be indicated).
    4. Resubmissions are considered final unless otherwise indicated by the editor.
  7. Resubmissions will be forwarded to the reviewers for a final review and recommendation. Reviewers will be asked to make a final recommendation in one to two weeks.
  8. Authors with accepted manuscripts will receive an email indicating the final decision.
  9. The copy editor will convert the final submission to the PDF version to be published in two to four weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I have my paper from XXX class published?

Maybe. Review articles are accepted*, but you must have the paper sponsored by a mentor. This could be the instructor of the course or another faculty member who is an expert in the field. However, you may not submit a paper without a faculty sponsor.

* Review articles must be novel and substantially move the field forward. A basic overview of a topic will not be accepted. These types of papers will be reviewed by experts in the field to determine if they meet the higher standard for this type of submission.

Q. I completed my research, but then graduated from Chatham. Can I still submit my research to be published?

Absolutely! Follow the Submission Guidelines.

Q. Can I contact the reviewers directly to address a concern?

No. Reviewers submit their recommendations anonymously and only interact with the editor.

Q. What if I find a typo after the article is resubmitted?

The copy editor may see the mistake and correct it prior to the generation of the final PDF, but consider all resubmissions as a final document.

Q. I realized I used the wrong control in my experiment and now the results are not correct. What do I do?

You may submit for a retraction of the article. Please email the editor with details. Retracted articles will not be reviewed a second time.

Q. Should I include a “limitations” and “future directions” sub-header in the discussion?

No. They can be stand-alone paragraphs in the discussion.

Q. Do I get a final copy of the PDF?

Yes

Q. Is there a cost for publishing?

This is a free service.

Q. Can I submit color images in my article?

Yes

Q. Is there a page limit or word count limit for submissions?

No, However, abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Q. Can supplementary materials or annexes to the main paper be submitted?

They will be posted online.

Q. Who should serve as the corresponding author?

Typically, this is a role for the mentor. However, students may also serve this role. A non-Chatham email is required if a student is a corresponding author.

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