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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) accepts submissions for upcoming issues throughout the year. This journal is a journal for all graduate and professional students at George Mason University, regardless of area of study. 

JMGR provides George Mason University (Mason) and the broader academic community a quality, peer-reviewed, open access journal of graduate and faculty research. JMGR seeks to provide all Mason graduate and professional students opportunities to be exposed to the peer review and publication processes, as well as provide opportunities for Mason faculty to perform service to the university through academic contributions and mentorships. 

All graduate research is relevant.

Each manuscript must be formatted using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (APA), the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (CMS), or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. Each manuscript should contain: a title page with full title and subtitle (if any); an abstract of 150 words; and contain up to 6 keywords. Manuscripts should be between 4000-7000 words and book reviews must be at least 1500 words. Please submit all documents as a MS Word document. PDFs will not be reviewed. 

Any art submissions will be accepted for original work. At this time, all art submissions for review must be emailed to Art submissions must include an attached MS Word document with a statement about the piece, minimum 200 words.

Articles must be written in English. Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be used, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language. Authors should refrain from using language that is demeaning to a persons' age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language or socioeconomic status. Furthermore, authors are required to adhere to George Mason University’s Code of Student Ethics. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in an automatic rejection.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproduction of any illustrations, tables, or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Any information included that does not adhere to this policy will be submitted to the appropriate office (Office of Academic Integrity and/or Provost’s Office) as an accusation of plagiarism and/or copyright infringement.

The review process for manuscripts is anonymous and blind-review. Therefore, authors should remove all material that is considered identifying information except for a cover page (as described below). As such, authors should not refer to themselves or any of their published work with identifying information. If an author cites himself, please use the name “Author” and publication date (Author, 2013). For co-authored publications, place “Author” where your name would appear in the citation.

To submit an article for review, you will first need to register an account.

When completing the registration form, be sure to note that you are an Author, though you may also sign up to be a Reviewer as well. Once registered, under your user home page, you can click “New Submission” and follow the five-step process to post your article for review. The site will notify you once the submission is in the queue and you can track its process through the site. Please email Eric “Siggy” Scott ( if you have any questions about the log in or registration process.

Submitted articles are forwarded to a review committee composed of graduate students and mentoring faculty members. Each article will be reviewed by an editor and then by three peer reviewers. All reviews are conducted blindly, therefore for the purposes of blind refereeing, full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a separate cover sheet. Following the review, you will receive one of the following scores approximately three weeks after submission:

  1. Accept –Will be published with no additional modification needed except minor grammatical and syntax errors.
  2. Revisions Required – Publication meets some major requirements but revisions are needed. Once resubmitted, the manuscript will be brought straight to the Editorial Board for approval or rejection.
  3. Reject – Manuscript does not meet major requirements and will not have the opportunity to resubmit.

By submitting a manuscript, you agree that:

  1. You have properly attributed all sources.
  2. JMGR has the priority/exclusive right to first publication.
  3. JMGR and the author will retain a shared copyright to the publication.
  4. You have not submitted this article or a section of this article to other journals.
  5. The Journal editor reserves the right to make editorial changes related to the appropriate style, grammar, and length of the manuscript.



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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines above.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Human subjects protection statement: If research involved human participants, a statement is required indicating that the George Mason University Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved the study. If IRB approval was not obtained, an explanation must be provided. More information about the IRB can be found at

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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