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Veritas: Villanova Research Journal

 

Founded in 2019, Veritas: Villanova Research Journal (VVRJ) is the first peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal at Villanova University. VVRJ promotes investigation and discovery, the peer review process, and the work of Villanova students and their faculty mentors by publishing scholarly work across all fields of study. VVRJ publishes student research that meets its standards, is authored by Villanova undergraduates or recent graduates, and promotes the pursuit of truth.

 

VVRJ is currently published annually, in print and online. All Villanova undergraduates who have undertaken research (both inside and outside the classroom) are encouraged to apply. Alumni are also eligible to submit within three years of their graduation from Villanova. Submissions from other researchers (e.g., visiting undergraduates, high school students) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to inquire whether your submission is eligible for publication in VVRJ, please contact the Editors-in-Chief at veritasjournal@villanova.edu.

 

VVRJ is sponsored by the Villanova Center for Research and Fellowships and Falvey Memorial Library.

Submission guidelines can be found here.

 

For more information, or to make a submission, please visit the VVRJ website.

Who is eligible to submit to VVRJ?

All Villanova undergraduates who have undertaken research are eligible to submit to VVRJ. Alumni are also eligible to submit within three years of graduation.

The Editorial Board encourages student researchers to share a wide range of scholarship. This may include academic work from a research seminar or similar course, senior thesis, mentored research (at Villanova or at another institution), or independent research project (i.e., work resulting from the VURF Program or another similar program). Submissions should contain methodology, results, analysis, and a conclusion (or equivalent as appropriate for the author’s field).

Submissions from other researchers (e.g., visiting undergraduates, high school students) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to inquire whether your submission is eligible for publication in VVRJ, please contact veritasjournal@villanova.edu.

 

What work is eligible for submission to VVRJ?

VVRJ invites submissions from all academic disciplines. As outlined in the Contributor Agreement, submissions must: (a) be an original work of the author(s); and (b) be approved for submissions to VVRJ by all authors and mentors. Furthermore, submissions must not: (c) have been published elsewhere; (d) currently be under consideration at another journal or other venue; or (e) infringe the intellectual property or rights of others.

If applicable, the author must have received approval from the Villanova Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), or Institutional Biosafety Committee.

VVRJ has two major submission types: Research Reports (250–500 words) and Research Articles (500+ words). For more information on submission types, see the submission guidelines.

The Editorial Board encourages student researchers to share a wide range of scholarship. This may include academic work from a research seminar or similar course, senior thesis, mentored research (at Villanova or at another institution), or independent research project (i.e., work resulting from the VURF Program or another similar program). Submissions should contain methodology, results, analysis, and a conclusion (or equivalent as appropriate for the author’s field).

 

Does my research project need to be completed before I submit to VVRJ?

Research Reports can describe ongoing projects (e.g., data collection or analysis are ongoing); however, work described in Research Articles must be fully completed by the time of submission.

 

Should I list my mentor(s) as a co-author on the published work?

Because the main goal of VVRJ is to disseminate undergraduate student research, we ask that only current undergraduates and recent alumni be listed as authors. Other contributors to the work (e.g., graduate students, faculty, staff) should be listed as mentors. VVRJ will feature mentors’ names, photos, and short bios alongside the published manuscripts.

 

What is the deadline for submission?

For the Fall 2021 issue, the submission deadline is May 21, 2021. Please contact the Editorial Board if you have any questions.

 

Who owns the copyright to work published in VVRJ? Can I submit my work for publication in another venue after it has been published in VVRJ?

When publishing in VVRJ the author(s) retain the copyright to their work; author(s) grant VVRJ certain permissions to publish and use the work, as outlined in the Contributor Agreement (available on the journal website).

Authors are welcome to submit work published in VVRJ for publication in another venue; however, they must first secure permission from the Editors-in-Chief and include a statement in the new publication noting that the work has been published in VVRJ, along with the date and volume of the original publication. Please email veritasjournal@villanova.edu if you are considering republishing elsewhere.

 

How does the review process work at VVRJ? How long does it take?

Submissions to VVRJ undergo several rounds of review before publication, including: (1) pre-review and plagiarism screening by the Editors-in-Chief, (2) full review by undergraduate researchers in the field, and (3) full review by faculty members in the field. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript and resubmit for a second round of student researcher review (4). Authors and mentors will be notified of their submission status at each stage in the review process.

We anticipate that each stage of the review process will take 2–3 weeks.

 

What are the stylistic and formatting requirements for submissions?

The Editorial Board will not review incomplete submissions. Authors are responsible for ensuring that their submission contains all required elements, including a separate cover page, anonymized text, contributor agreement, and separate files for all images, tables, and figures. Text must be in Word; the Editorial Board will not accept text in PDF format.

For images, tables, and figures, authors must upload individual high-definition files in addition to the main text of the submission. Images, tables, and figures may appear in the full text of the article ONLY if accompanied by separate files in JPG or PNG format. Images, tables, and figure files should be named as they appear in the text and contain the surname of the author (“Jones Figure 1,” “Jones Image 1,” “Jones Table 1,” etc.).

Research Article submissions, including those from Falvey Scholars and senior thesis authors, should not exceed 30 pages double-spaced. This may mean that you tailor a portion (such as a chapter, an aspect, etc.) of the larger work such that it is coherent on its own. The page limit does not include references in the reference list. 

Research Report submissions might describe research that is currently in progress or projects that cannot be developed into a full Research Article. Research Reports should address the importance and originality of the research question, methods, analysis, and conclusions.

 

How often is VVRJ published?

VVRJ is published once annually, in the fall.

 

I am planning to publish in a professional journal. Does this mean that I cannot publish in VVRJ?

Submissions that represent work that may be published in another form are welcome, but such submissions should take a different approach, such as appearing in the form of a Research Report and detailing the ongoing process of research-- so as to remain compliant with the rules of the publication with which a student intends to publish. Authors should always check with their research supervisors before submitting their work.

 

Does the word count for the Research Reports include figure captions or references?

No, the word count for the Research Reports only includes the main text of the submission; figure and table captions, titles, references, supplementary material etc. do not contribute to the word count.

Contact Information

Center for Research and Fellowships
Garey Hall 200 (top floor) 
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
crf@villanova.edu
Phone: 610-519-8803
Fax: 610-519-6623

Michael Westrate
Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program
michael.westrate@villanova.edu
610-519-5928

Catherine Stecyk
Associate Director, Center for Research and Fellowships
catherine.stecyk@villanova.edu
610-519-8766

Chelsea Benincasa
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships & Presidential Scholars Program
chelsea.benincasa@villanova.edu
610-519-5935

Kelsey Fenner
Assistant Director, Center for Research and Fellowships
kelsey.j.fenner@villanova.edu
610-519-8852

Sage Milo
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Research and Fellowships
sage.milo@villanova.edu
610-519-5986