Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

El Río: A Student Research Journal is a student-run research journal at CSU-Pueblo that focuses on outstanding student work from the humanities, behavioral, social, natural, and health and applied sciences. Its primary focus is original student scholarly work. Typical submissions include Honors theses, original compositions and empirical research conducted by undergraduate or Master’s level students. The journal welcomes outstanding student submissions from any program.

 

Section Policies

Applied and Health Sciences

  • Content: Articles in Applied and Health Sciences may include research in the areas of engineering, exercise science and health promotion, and nursing.
  •  Style: Manuscripts must comply with the APA Style Guide for citations and formatting.

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Behavioral Sciences

  • Content: Articles in Behavioral Sciences may include research in the areas of psychology, sociology, and criminology.
  • Style: Manuscripts must comply with the APA Style Guide for citations and formatting.

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Humanities

  • Content: Articles in Humanities may include research in the areas of literature, languages, cultural studies, philosophy, art, and music.
  • Style: Manuscripts must comply with the MLA Style Guide for citations and formatting.

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Natural Sciences

  • Content: Articles in Natural Sciences may include research in the areas of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and environmental science.
  • Style: Manuscripts must comply with the ACS Style Guide for citations and formatting.

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Social Sciences

  • Content: Articles in Social Sciences may include research in the areas of anthropology, business, history, geography, education, mass communications, political science, and sociology.
  • Style: Manuscripts must comply with the APA Style Guide for citations and formatting.

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Peer Review Process

We require that all students have their work reviewed by a CSU-Pueblo faculty member prior to submission. 

All submissions are processed through blind review by the Section Editor, one discipline-knowledgeable student, and one faculty member. At the Editor’s discretion, we may request names of possible reviewers.

Please keep in mind that your submission must not have been published elsewhere, nor should it be under submission in whole or in part with any other journal or publication outlet. 

Submission implies that all authors have read and agree to its content, order of authors, and that any human or animal research has received formal institutional vetting and approval.

 

Publication Frequency

This journal publishes two issues per year, in fall and spring. The annual Call for Papers is issued in late spring, but the journal accepts submissions year-round.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to acknowledge, promote, and disseminate high-quality student research that shapes discourse and fosters understanding.

 

Volumes and Sections

The journal publishes one volume per year with multiple issues and special editions appearing as needed. 

We also will consider suggestions for special dedicated editions such as a collection of papers from a local student conference. The Editorial Board makes all final decisions on such requests.

 

Policy on Faculty Co-Authorship

The journal recognizes that students in some disciplines may conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Students should consult with their faculty member prior to submitting a manuscript to determine if co-authorship is appropriate and to establish author order.

El Rio accepts faculty as co-authors on manuscripts as long as:

  • The first/corresponding author is a CSU-Pueblo student or recent graduate
  • The first/corresponding author takes responsibility for all communications, revisions, edits, and proofs