Midwest Social Sciences Journal

Submission Instructions and Policies


Philosophy of Midwest Social Sciences Journal

For more information, please see Midwest Social Sciences Journal Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Midwest Social Sciences 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. Author(s) retain the copyright to their work, and grant first serial rights to the Midwest Social Sciences Journal.

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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. In addition, by submitting material to Midwest Social Sciences 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 Midwest Social Sciences Journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Midwest Social Sciences Journal, please contact the editors.

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Submission Requirements

Midwest Social Sciences Journalhas the following general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. Manuscripts must be typed in English, 1.5 spaced, with 1” margins and uploaded as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file.

Author(s) must provide the following:

  • Title: Concise and self explanatory title is encouraged
  • Abstract: Please limit your abstract to 300 words
  • Keywords
  • Full Text of Submission: Ensure that the body of the submission does not contain author names and affiliations as well as the abstract.
  • Cover Letter: Especially indicate how the work makes contributions to social sciences, including how it aligns with the Aims and Scope of MSSJ.
  • There are rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

    Figures and Tables

    Photographs and figures must be high resolution digital files (300 dpi). Drawings, charts, graphs, and maps must be scaled to permit proper reduction without loss of detail.

    While embedding images in the initial submission is acceptable, editors may request separate submission of images, photographs, or scanned images in high resolution JPG or PNG format for finalized versions. Figure and Table captions should be typed in the document, and not part of the figures themselves.

    Tables should be kept as uncluttered as possible, and should fit normally across a page when typeset. Tables cannot be submitted as Excel files or graphics, but only as text.

    Publication Cost

    There is no fee associated with the submission or publication of papers in MSSJ. The costs are subsidized by the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences and ValpoScholar (Valparaiso University).

    Rights for Authors and ValpoScholar

    As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors retain copyright to their work, and grant first serial rights to the Midwest Social Sciences Journal.

    Attribution and Usage Policies

    While author(s) retain copyright, it is understood that the papers published in MSSJ are under the href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/> Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

    Personal-use Exceptions

    Because the author(s) retain the copyright to their work, the author(s) do not require further permission from MSSJ.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

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

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

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