Policies and Guidelines


Philosophy of PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal

For more information, please see PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal About This Journal page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Article Processing Charges / Article Submission Charges

There are no publication fees.

Quality Control and Peer Review

Articles published in this journal undergo peer review. Two reviewers read each manuscript, and accept or reject based on their expertise and assessment of the manuscript. Editors provide the review contents to authors, ensure the feedback is incorporated for accepted articles, and upload the revised versions.

Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving any credit to the original source.

Reuse of text that is copied from another source must be between quotes and the original source must be cited. If a study's design or the manuscript's structure or language has been inspired by previous works, these works must be explicitly cited.

If plagiarism is detected during the peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we may publish a correction or retract the paper.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. If you have concerns about the submission terms for PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. It is the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word file that can be converted to a PDF file.

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Copyright and Rights for Authors and PDXScholar

As a condition of publication in PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal, all authors agree to the following terms of licensing/copyright ownership:

  • All works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).
  • PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal retains a non-exclusive license to publish the work, but copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).
  • PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal is granted non-exclusive electronic representation and distribution rights to PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal contents.
  • Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. The final publisher's PDF and post-print versions should include a citation and link to the journal's website.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

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

The failure of PDXScholar 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 PDXScholar and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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