Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Owl is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes a variety of undergraduate research, including faculty-sponsored DIS and Honors in the Major work. We also accept creative projects, including artwork, photography, poetry, and creative writing.

This journal promotes an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas through the publication of research conducted by outstanding undergraduates at Florida State University. In doing so, The Owl showcases the heterogeneity of our emerging scholars, and establishes undergraduate research as a focus of Florida State's academic community.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Once you submit your manuscript, you will receive a digital receipt confirming your submission. We will notify you if something is missing. Typically, we aim to inform you whether your submission has been accepted by February 1st.

Manuscripts submitted to The Owl undergo a traditional peer-review process:

Articles: Manuscripts submitted to The Owl are read first by the editor-in-chief. At this stage, the editor-in-chief is looking primarily for basic clarity of writing and appropriate adherence to the formatting guidelines. If the article is determined to be suitable in content and clarity for The Owl, the manuscript will be assigned to be read by two–three associate editors. The associate editors assess the article's rigor, methodology (when applicable), and clarity. The associate editors submit reviews to the editor-in-chief, with recommendations for the article to be accepted with minor revisions, accepted with major revisions, or rejected. The editor-in-chief, in concert with the editorial board, will make a final determination, which will be passed along to the author.

Creative works: If there is a member of the editorial board with a suitable expertise to facilitate review and evaluation of a particular creative work, that editor will be tasked with reviewing the submission. The associate editor will submit her review to the editor-in-chief, who, working with the responsible editor, will make a final determination, which will then be passed along to the author. If there is not a member of the editorial board with a suitable expertise to review a particular creative work, then the full editorial board will review the submission and offer recommendations for acceptance or rejection, which the editor-in-chief will use to make a final determination. Creative submissions to The Owl typically receive either a flat acceptance, flat rejection, or, in rare cases, acceptance with minor revisions. The Owl does not issue acceptances with major revisions for creative works. This is to avoid imposing outside creative influence or control over artists' work.

All acceptances are pending appropriate revisions. Revisions may include basic copyediting (finishing copy edits will be completed by journal editors); revisions for clarity; corrections to in-text citations and/or the references page; and/or revisions for scientific and academic rigor.


Publication Frequency

The Owl has a rolling submission process and accepts manuscripts for the next available issue throughout the academic year. New issues of the journal are published annually in the spring semester, with an occasional special issue in the fall.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports the global exchange of knowledge.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Prior to submitting your manuscript to The Owl, please refer to the following FAQs to ensure that your manuscript is submission-ready.

1. When is the deadline for submissions to the spring 2019 edition of The Owl?

[TBA. Check back soon.]

2. How do I get my references and in-text citations into APA format? Why do you use APA?

Click here for rules and guidelines for in-text citations in APA format, and here for rules and guidelines for creating a references page in APA format. There are example references in APA style on the Author Guidelines page. APA is a widely-used and easily-interpretable style that is amenable to a range of fields.

3. Will I be more likely to get published if I submit earlier?

No. Our review process begins after the submission deadline, and all submissions receive equal consideration.

4. How does the publication process work?

Please see Peer Review Process.

5. Why was my manuscript declined for publication?

[Please refer back to this FAQ shortly, the peer-review guidelines for 2018–2019 are currently in development.]

6. Can I submit a DIS or Honors in the Major project?


7. Do you accept poems and art?


8. Can I submit after I’ve already graduated?

Yes, as long as the work that you are submitting was completed while you were an undergraduate at FSU.

9. I want to eventually submit to The Owl, but I haven’t started my research yet. How do I go about doing that?

Contact the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors to learn about research opportunities in your field, and look out for workshop dates on the SCURC Facebook page.

10. I want to join the editorial board. How do I go about doing that?

Follow SCURC on Facebook to see when editorial board applications open (typically July–August). We look to construct an editorial board with a range of research expertises and interests. Keep in mind that an editorial board member’s duties are for one year, starting in the fall semester and ending in the spring semester.