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, Archiving, and Reuse

Scientia is an open-access journal. By making research freely available, we help support the greater global exchange of knowledge. There are no article submission or processing charges. Each journal volume is preserved via the Walker Library's three level preservation methods including local and cloud storage. The author(s) retains/retain the copyright to the work, but grants Scientia et Humanitas the right to publish, display, and distribute the work in the Scientia et Humanitas journal, in print and electronic format. Works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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