Submissions are evaluated by a faculty editorial board; however, because the faculty editorial board members may not have expertise on the content of every submission, we count on faculty mentors to work closely with student researchers to ensure manuscripts submitted for consideration are of an appropriate caliber for publication. Following submission, the editorial board for The Rowdy Scholar will review the work to ensure that the work is original and meets our rigorous publication standards. The Rowdy Scholar is an inclusive journal and The Rowdy Scholar editorial board strives to have representation of research and creative work from diverse disciplines from across the university in each edition of the journal.
Timeline for Editorial Process
The deadline for submission is January 31, 2020. All student submissions must have their faculty mentor submit a Faculty Mentor Support Form to be considered for review. Upon receipt of all necessary forms, your submission will be designated a unique identifier to preserve the integrity of the review process and will be forwarded to two reviewers from The Rowdy Scholar Editorial Board. The approximate timeline for review by the is 3 weeks. Reviewers will make one of 3 decisions: 1) Accepted without revisions; 2) Accepted with Revisions (Minor or Major); 3) Rejected (for possible reasons for rejection, please see the following section.) If revisions are requested, the student will have 3 weeks to make suggested edits and resubmit.
Reasons for Rejection
The following criteria must be met and are possible reasons for rejection or a request for revision for any submitted text-based or digital scholarship submissions.
If the answer is NO for any of the following, the submission will be REJECTED or RETURNED for edits.
- Whether a text-based or digital scholarship submission, is the work novel and does the work provide new knowledge that is appropriate for the discipline?
- If the submission is scholarly work, is the approach to the scholarship evident, appropriate, and credible? Can the progression of the work be followed by someone outside of the discipline?
- Does the scope of the research match the purpose of the work?
- Is the manuscript written clearly and well-written?
- Are references appropriately used throughout the text?
- Are references formatted appropriately?
- Is a text-based submission in an acceptable format?
- Are figures associated with text-based submissions of acceptable quality?
- Is a digital scholarship submission in an acceptable format?
If the answer is NO for either of the following, the submission will be REJECTED.
- Did a MSU Denver Undergraduate student or team of MSU Denver undergraduate students create the submission?
- If a team of MSU Denver undergraduate students were involved in the submission, have all co-authors been informed about the submission?
If the answer is NO for either of the following, the submissions will be REJECTED until support is obtained.
- Does the submission have faculty mentor support?
- Did the faculty mentor submit the appropriate form to confirm support?
If the answer is NO for either of the following, the submission will be REJECTED or RETURNED for edits.
- If the submission is text-based, is it 2,000-6,000 words, including any works cited/references/footnotes/bibliography page?
- If the submission is digital scholarship, can it be viewed, heard, or appreciated in a reasonable time?
If the answer is NO for any of the following, the submission will be REJECTED until appropriate approvals are obtained.
- If human subjects were used for the project, does the student have the approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
- If animals were used in the project, does the student have the approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)?
- If the project contains copyrighted material, is it properly cited, paid for, and/or used with the permission of the owner?