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Author Guidelines

Formatting Guidelines

Submissions must be formatted in a citation style typical to the discipline.

All submissions must be between 2,000 and 10,000 words, not including footnotes, captions, words contained in tables or figures, or the reference page.

Submissions should include an abstract of around 150-200 words.

We will accept submissions that are formatted as PDFs or Word documents with double spaced 12-point Times New Roman font.

Please do not include your name or other identifying information in the body of your submission. This ensures our peer review process is anonymous.

Faculty Recommendation

Every submission must be accompanied by a faculty recommendation, which can be submitted via this online form before the submission deadline. Faculty recommendations may be provided by any Northeastern faculty member, but the best recommendations will be provided by professors who are familiar with your research and your paper.

Recommenders will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Their name, email address, and department.

  • The student name(s), submission title, and discipline. Be sure that this information matches that provided by you in your submission.

  • Does the faculty member support your submission to be considered for publication?

  • In what capacity does the faculty member know you?

  • Does the project meet all submission criteria for the journal?

  • Does the project conform with all the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requirements?

  • A few-sentences description of what the faculty member perceives to be the strengths of your project.

We strongly encourage you to be in contact with possible recommenders as early as possible, to give faculty members time to meet the deadline.

Department Guidelines

The following content guidelines are provided as a resource for you. While you will be asked to provide the name of a CSSH department that encompasses the methods and content of your project, these guidelines are intentionally vague and should not dissuade you from submitting an existing project. Remember that all research should add something novel and innovative to your field.

American Sign Language

ASL papers may discuss, for example, interpreter certification, ASL’s linguistic properties, or the interaction between ASL and deaf culture. Results should be justified by both theoretical frameworks and empirical data.

Asian Studies

Papers within the Asian Studies department should address relevant topics through solid social scientific research, including both qualitative and quantitative data, as necessary, as well as arguments about and explanations of observed or desired outcomes.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

A Criminology or Criminal Justice paper should be concerned with all aspects of the criminal justice system in terms of their relationships to each other. Articles that reflect the application of new disciplines or analytical methodologies to the problems of criminal justice are of special interest.

Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies

Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies projects will generally evaluate the importance of culture to social change and to emerging global connectedness. Papers should be maximally inclusive in their content, especially revealing the perspectives of historically oppressed peoples.


A paper in Economics should make use of selected works of economists, economic theory, and specific economic data to provide a unique interpretation on how certain economic systems work and how they impact the world.


An English research paper topic can range from the historical contexts in which certain literature is written, to the lives of authors, to the impacts specific texts have had on the world. Literary analysis should engage with and help to create new ideas around our cultural and historical understanding, and help us rethink our assumptions.


A History paper should analyze any historical subject, either providing a new interpretation or investigating a topic on which there is not already much research. Papers should take advantage of primary sources as well as more recent analysis to justify your claims.

Human Services

A Human Services paper should include a novel interpretation of any interaction between an organization or societal system and the people and communities who interact with these systems. These findings should be backed up with sufficient data.

International Affairs

An International Affairs paper should be able to examine any number of interactions that occur on a global scale with the use of different theories. These papers should also be able to explore possible ramifications based on the current international system that actors interact in. The relationship between theory and interpretation of data should be made clear.

Jewish Studies

A Jewish Studies submission should make an argument relevant to the study of the Jewish peoples, religion, or culture either across multiple disciplines or within (but not limited to) the fields of history, politics, sociology, literature, the arts, or religion. The author is advised to make use of an appropriate critical methodology and include consideration of existing relevant scholarship and/or analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data.

Philosophy and Religion

Each Philosophy or Religion paper should concisely and clearly identify the claim, argument, idea, or question that it will consider, and it should include justification based on reason, arguments, and evidence. An ideal paper will consider the implications of its arguments and address possible objections that could be made against them.

Political Science

A Political Science paper should inform our understanding of how governments and political structures operate. The paper should clearly outline the methodology or theoretical paradigm employed and the data utilized.

Public Policy and Urban Affairs

A Public Policy or Urban Affairs project should go beyond considering formal government structures and processes, and instead engage a broad array of formal and informal tools for addressing societal problems, considering both qualitative assessments of policy making processes and the quantitative assessment of the impacts of policies on problems. Topic areas may include: issues of food, health, housing, labor, economic growth, environment, crime, terrorism, and urban development.

Sociology and Anthropology

Anthropology essays should concern peoples and culture, of any time periods or geographic location. Essays should showcase knowledge of anthropological theories, though they may be in contention with these theories. Anthropological research should generally include original field research performed by the author.

Sociological research should generally strive to develop and refining our understanding our society and human activity. Research may often suggest ways of applying newfound knowledge to the pursuit of social well being. The subject matter may range from the level of the micro to the macro, from analysis of interpersonal relations to analysis of societies as a whole, and data may be qualitative or quantitative.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A paper in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies should demonstrate an understanding of intersectionality, with gender, race, class, and sexuality as articulated axes of analysis if relevant. Projects should be attentive to systemic oppression and possibly incorporate an interdisciplinary approach to the research.

World Languages

A paper in World Languages should look at the linguistic or cultural facets of language. Research into world languages may involve either the structure and history of the language itself, differences between uses of the same language in different areas, or other noticeable cultural changes that can be seen through the development of languages.

Author Bios

If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be required to submit a one paragraph (150 words or less) bio, to be included in that edition of the journal. The following information should be included:

  • Name

  • Where you are from

  • Majors and minors

  • Significant experiential learning opportunities (optional)

  • Acknowledgement of those who contributed to or assisted with the research

We reserve the right to review and revise your bio as necessary.


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.

  1. The submission was written as an undergraduate at Northeastern University.
  2. The submission file is in PDF or Word document format, with double-spaced text in a 12-point Times New Roman font.
  3. A faculty member has submitted or will submit a recommendation before the submission deadline. (Using this online form.)
  4. The material being submitted is the author's original work, and any necessary permissions have been obtained.
  5. All identifying information has been removed from the submission, to ensure the author's anonymity during review.
  6. Submission includes appropriate citations.

Copyright Notice

Student authors retain the copyright to their work.


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