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Submissions

This page is designed to help you ensure your submission is ready for and fits the scope of the journal.

Before submitting you should read over the guidelines here, format using our template, then register an account (or login if you have an existing account).


This short video provides an overview of the submission process, and how to convert your paper into a journal article.



About Essex Student Journal

The Essex Student Journal is an online multi-disciplinary academic journal, run by and for University of Essex students. The journal is dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate writing and is committed to creating accessible and engaging content for a non-specialist readership. The Essex Student Journal encourages and celebrates student research by offering valuable early experience of academic publishing and the peer review process.


Focus and Scope for Essex Student Journal

The journal accepts work by the university students from all subjects areas.


Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy, meaning that neither the author nor the reviewer will be aware of each other's identities. If you are a PhD student and are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, have a look at our video on the peer review process.

Submission Checklist

Essex Student Journal is open for submission with no deadline; articles are published online when ready. Publications must be submitted by current students, or based on coursework written whilst studying at the University of Essex. The submission must be in English, and of high quality (for example coursework that has received a mark of 75% or higher).

We currently accept these types of papers from all subject areas:

  • Essays
  • Research papers
  • Case studies

During some calls, we might accept conference papers, poems, and/or creative writing. 

EssayResearch PaperCase Study
  • Gives your ideas based on reading
  • Structured by your ideas/argument
  • Has an introduction, main body split into paragraphs, and conclusion
  • Can be:
    • Descriptive
    • Argument-based
    • Comparing and contrasting
  • Reports research findings
  • Fairly strict structure, with headed sections (including lit. review,
  • methods, discussion, conclusion)
  • Especially used in Sciences, Business, and Social Sciences
  • In-depth study of a specific real-world problem
  • Generally has one of three purposes:
    • Exploratory (looking for patterns, developing models, etc.)
    • Descriptive (e.g. “what have been the effects of…”)
    • Explanatory (tries to explain why or how something happens)

Submission checklist

  • Submissions must be submitted in a Word document, using our template, unless another format has been agreed with the Editor.
  • Abstracts should be 200 words maximum.
  • There is no strict word limit for submissions, however we recommend around 3,000 words for the main body.
  • Do not include your name anywhere in the Word document, as the peer review process will be double blind (both author and peer reviewer are anonymous). Your name will be linked to the document in the submission system, which only the Editor will see. 

Style guide

  • All text should be Sylfaen font with numbered pages.
  • The title should be font size 24, headers should be 12pt, and the main text and abstract should be 11pt. 
  • Any headings should be clearly marked in bold.
  • The main body of the text should use the line spacing 1.5.
  • Notes to the text should be included as footnotes (not endnotes), and single-spaced in 10 point, Sylfaen font.
  • For listing, use numbers 1, 2, 3, or round bullet points.
  • Original texts’ names (e.g. books) should be in italic.
  • Images, figures and tables should be properly cited where inserted, and included in the references. Any images, figures and tables need to be formatted in line with the text.
  • Alternative texts for images and figures should be included. 
  • We require all submissions to follow Harvard style referencing. However, in some cases, such as legal texts, other referencing styles can be used (e.g. OSCOLA).

Please note that all submissions will be subject to peer review to decide whether they are suitable for the journal. We also expect that submissions will not be under consideration or previously published with another publication.

If you have any questions about submissions, please email us journal@essex.ac.uk 
 


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


Licences

Essex Student Journal allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • CC BY-ND 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • CC BY-NC 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. NoDerivatives — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • CC BY-SA 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

This journal is a Diamond Open Access journal, which means there are no Article Publishing Charges and no paywalls. 

Publication Cycle

This journal publishes continuously all year round. Articles published January to June will be published in Issue 1 and articles published in July to December will be in Issue 2.

Sections

Sections submission information
Section Public Submissions Peer Reviewed Indexed
Essay Yes Yes Yes
Research Article Yes Yes Yes
Case Study Yes Yes Yes