Policies and Guidelines


Philosophy of Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

For more information, please see Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations Aims and Scope page.

Submission Criteria

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations seeks scholarly articles that align with the journal's aims and scope. Article submissions must not have been previously published in a journal or other publication medium (print or electronic) or currently under review elsewhere. Authors must stipulate that they will not submit the article to another publication source until the completion of the Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations editorial decision process. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations, please contact the editor.

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Manuscript Length and Format Requirements

Articles should be no more than 10,000 words including tables, figures, notes, and references but not including the abstract (200 words maximum) and keywords (3 - 5 keywords). Manuscripts should be typed in portrait orientation on a page size of 8.5 x 11 inches with 1 inch margins on all sides, double-spacing using 12-point type. Manuscripts should be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF format that can be converted to PDFs for publication. Manuscripts must follow the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual Guidelines. All images, figures, and tables should should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text and be clearly labeled and numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript. Follow the standards described in the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual for all figures and tables.

Manuscripts that do not meet these guidelines may be returned to the author(s) without review. Although the Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations editors and bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author(s) to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Microsoft Word or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

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Guidelines for Authors

Author(s) must create a Scholars Compass account to make a submission. Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations uses a double blind review process so every effort should be made to ensure that submission material does not contain information about the identity of the author(s). Do not include a title page with author(s) name, affiliation, email contact, abstract, and key words with your manuscript. This information is captured in Steps 2 through 4 of the online submission process. Information in text, citations, references, or notes that would identify the author(s) should be masked from the manuscript file. These can be reinserted in the final draft.

Following preliminary review by the editor, manuscripts will either be forwarded to reviewers or rejected. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers including at least one member of the Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations Editorial Board. After the initial review, the author(s) will be contacted as to whether the submitted manuscript is: accepted; accepted with minor revisions; major revisions needed/resubmit; or rejected. Articles approved for publication will be sent to the author for final approval prior to publishing.

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Guidelines for Reviewers

Reviewers must create an account in Scholars Compass to access articles. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process in which no fewer than two reviewers assess the merit of the manuscript. Each reviewer is asked to return evaluations within 21 days of receipt. Reviews are completed using a rubric that includes a section for comments to the editor and comments to the author(s).

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Rights for Authors and VCU Scholars Compass

Authors retain copyright, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations. For more information, see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the VCU Scholars Compass website and/or software agree not to misuse the VCU Scholars Compass service or software in any way.

The failure of VCU Scholars Compass to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between VCU Scholars Compass and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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