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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. Images may be submitted as .jpg or .png files.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

    The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

    With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

    With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

    Thank you for your attention to removing all identifying information to insure the integrity of the double-blind peer review process.

Author Guidelines

Criteria for submissions are as follows:

Criteria for submissions are as follows:
1. Authors must be current students at Grinnell College and the submitted work must have been created for course or research credit. (MAPs or independent study papers are welcome)
2. Please list the course and professor as well as any prompts for the paper or relevant information about the course.
3. All appropriate citations must be included.
4. Please be creative in submissions — any style of work is welcome, including art.*
5. You do not need to be a declared major to submit. We encourage all class years to submit interesting and excellent work.
*Art done for credit may be submitted to the Humanities section, preferably with a written component. All art will be considered for aesthetic placement in the GURJ. 

We also would love to receive submissions of art that can be included throughout the journal, so please submit those also to [vpaa1] with context for the pieces.