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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

  • The text adheres to the section’s formatting, style, and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  • The author has identified a current CSU-Pueblo faculty mentor willing to serve as an advisor on the manuscript. Important: Include the full name of the faculty advisor in "Comments to the Editor" (below).
  • All parts of the manuscript—abstract, text, list of works cited, list of figure captions, tables, appendices—are included, and pages are numbered consecutively. 

  • Figures and tables are in the correct order, correctly labeled, and included in the list of captions. 

  • Citations as listed in the works cited are correct and complete.

  • The author has obtained all necessary permissions to reproduce third-party images, graphs, figures, or other content.

  • Author information is not included anywhere in the manuscript (to allow for blind review). This includes stripping all such information from file names. See Ensuring a Blind Review for more information.

Author Guidelines

Any CSU-Pueblo current student or recent graduate (within the last 18 months) attending any university program may submit scholarly, original works for publication. Publications must have a clear, authoritative thesis statement presenting a logical argument.


Manuscripts must meet all section policy requirements for content and citation style. Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. All tables, figures, graphs, and images should be submitted as supplemental files and clearly and consistently labeled (e.g., "fig. 1"; "fig. 2"). Images should be submitted as high-quality (150 dpi or higher) PNG files.

  • Length
    Manuscripts should be 1,500–4,000 words, not including references, tables, figures, footnotes, and legends.
  • Title and Abstract
    The first page of the manuscript is a title page, with no information about the author, to ensure a blind review. The title of the manuscript should be centered at the top of the page, with the abstract below. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words.

  • Paragraphs and Headings
    Paragraphs should be left-aligned and not indented. Use a double return after each paragraph. All headings should be typed on a separate line above the paragraph text, with no additional spacing before or after the line.

  • Figures
    References to the figures in the text must appear in consecutive order (e.g., fig. 1 is cited before fig. 2). During layout, figures will be placed as soon as possible after their first text reference. A numbered list of figures that includes captions, legends, and credits should be provided at the end of the manuscript text, after the list of works cited.

  • List of works cited
    Sources cited in the manuscript must be listed, including citations for all figures. Entries should be left-aligned and not indented. Use a double return after each entry.


Authors must verify they have obtained appropriate permissions to use third-party images, graphs, or figures. 

Questions about copyright, fair use, and creative commons licensing may be answered on the library website, or by the Scholarly Communications Librarian.


Authors will be asked to provide at least five keywords that describe the content of their manuscript to ensure their article will be discovered through online search engines.


Faculty co-authorship is not required for any manuscript, however, it may be appropriate for certain works. Students should consult with their faculty mentor to discuss whether co-authorship is appropriate and to determine author order.

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