Final Cover Letter and Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Kennesaw Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Cover Letter Guidelines:

  • List the title of the manuscript
  • Include the full names of all authors, including the faculty advisor.
  • Include the majors for all student authors and the department for the faculty advisor(s)
  • Mention the style in which the manuscript was written (e.g., APA style, MLA style).
  • If the study utilized human participants, indicate that Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies were followed.

Manuscript Guidelines:

  • Submissions should be in a .doc or .docx file or comparable (RTF) file format, as PDFs will not be reviewed.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file.
  • Use 1-inch margins.
  • Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
  • Double-space the entire manuscript.
  • Remove all author names from the submitted file. Author and advisor names should be in the cover letter. This is to keep the identity of the author(s) anonymous from the reviewers; they will then be added back during the publication process.
  • The first page of the manuscript should be a title page with a centered title and a page number in the upper right-hand corner.
  • The second page of the manuscript should be an abstract. The abstract should be no longer than 300 words. A list of 3-5 keywords for the manuscript should be included at the end of the abstract.
  • On the third page, center the title at the top and then begin with the main body of the manuscript.
  • Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.
  • Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc. However, this may cause some readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
  • Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
  • Editors reserve the right to request additional information from authors and make changes as necessary.