Submission Guidelines

All submissions to Georgia Southern University McNair Scholars Journal are from McNair Scholars enrolled in the program’s Summer Research Institute (SRI). During the SRI, scholars work with faculty mentors to develop and conduct original research. Faculty mentors help their scholars create all materials related to presenting and publishing their research. Once both scholar and mentor are satisfied with these materials, they are submitted to the Production Editor for inclusion in Georgia Southern University McNair Scholars Journal. These materials may include:

  • Articles
  • Posters
  • Powerpoint Presentations
  • Abstracts
  • Project Summaries

In the event that one of the first four items listed above cannot be published, the scholar may submit a project summary instead as a record and reminder of the research conducted during the SRI.

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Open Access Policy

Georgia Southern University McNair Scholars Journal is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all research, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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Copyright & Licensing

All research published in Georgia Southern University McNair Scholars Journal is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Authors retain all copyrights without restrictions, and agree to the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license for their work as a condition of publication.

End users' rights under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license are outlined here. For all other purposes, permission must be obtained from the authors.

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Plagiarism Policy

Georgia Southern University McNair Scholars Journal may use Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative, to selectively screen research submissions for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. Submissions are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked. Read more at Crossref's Similarity Check & Researchers page.

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