Focus and Scope

We accept academic articles from the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences. They must be written by a MTSU undergraduate student, a MTSU graduate student, or a recent alumnus.

Since we actively encourage submissions, if you have any doubts about a potential submission, please contact us for more information!

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

ALL ARTICLES undergo a double-blind peer review process from two separate reviewers, which usually entails subsequent revision before final acceptance. In double-blind peer review, authors and reviewers remain anonymous, which ensures objectivity.

PEER REVIEWERS primarily examine a paper's argument, evidence, logical and stylistic consistency, and the ability of a paper to answer and meet potential counter objections. Peer reviewers will look for ways for revision to "deepen" or extend a paper's argument. A peer reviewer's commentary will generally consist of "global"-level changes, unless the reviewer decides to give general commentary about the academic style of the piece. "Local"-level commentary will occur in the proofing stage.

Generally, most submissions go through multiple revisions -- but we'll work to eventually publish all authors willing to undertake those revisions.

FACULTY REVIEWS, checking for discipline-specific quality assurance, handle the article after the peer reviewers have given their approval. Once the article passes this stage, it then heads to proofreading and copyediting.

Initial response time: is usually less a month. This includes receiving feedback from both peer reviewers, after which the author works with the editor-in-chief or associate editor.

Entire process time: about 2-5 months. The time usually depends on the number of revisions as well as how quickly peer reviewers and copy editors complete their tasks. Submissions which meet the Fall deadline stand a significantly higher chance of inclusion in that year's issue. 

 

Publication Frequency

Scientia publishes one issue annually.

Open Access Policy

Scientia is an open-access journal. By making research freely available, we help support the greater global exchange of knowledge.

Privacy Statement

Names and e-mail addresses will never be shared with any agency or individual outside of Scientia et Humanitas.

Publisher

 MTSU Walker Library

 Middle Tennessee State University

Sponsors

 MTSU University Honors College