Instructions to Authors


Who Can Submit?

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at Old Dominion University may submit original work to be considered for publication in OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research 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 work. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works. All submissions must include a faculty mentor as an author, and approval of all authors will be required for publication of work in OUR Journal

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General Submission Rules

Submitted works cannot have been previously published, nor be currently submitted to an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research Journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research Journal, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Authors should follow the guidelines laid out in Manuscript Preparation Guidelines as closely as possible.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and ODU Digital Commons

Authors of articles in OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research Journal retain copyright over their work and may submit articles published in OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research Journal for consideration by other archival journals or books (print or electronic). Note: Some journals or books may have restrictions on publication of material in print in OUR Journal: ODU Undergraduate Research Journal . If you are considering re-submitting your work to a peer-reviewed journal or book, it is important to inquire of that publication whether such resubmission is permissible.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

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

The failure of ODU Digital Commons 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 ODU Digital Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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