2016-2017 Call for Submissions


For the fourth consecutive year, the Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) is offering all graduate and professional students at George Mason University the opportunity to publish their work in an interdisciplinary, open-access venue. From now through January 2017, JMGR is actively seeking submissions for its 5th volume. All research topics, in addition to book reviews, are invited.

This journal is open to all graduate and professional students at George Mason University, regardless of study area. JMGR provides GMU and the broader academic community a quality, peer-reviewed, open access journal of graduate and professional student research. Authors publish through JGMR at no cost. JMGR publishes several online issues each academic year, and submissions are welcome on a rolling basis.

Academic publishing is important to your success in graduate school. Publishing benefits you by:

  1. increasing the quality of your research through multiple peer reviews,
  2. preparing your thesis or dissertation for academic defense,
  3. attracting public recognition to your intellectual contributions in your field,
  4. allowing others to build on your work, and
  5. advancing your career goals (publish don’t perish!).

JMGR seeks to provide all Mason graduate and professional students opportunities to be exposed to the peer review and publication process while providing opportunities for Mason faculty to perform service to the university through academic contributions and mentorships. Students retain eligibility to publish up to 6 months after graduation. In addition to thesis and dissertation material, students should consider submitting research conducted for term papers or other classwork.

Manuscripts are published using the Open Journal System (OJS) hosted by Mason Publishing Group. Please register and submit your work to While submissions are welcome year round, special priority for this year’s volume will be given to manuscripts received by January 22, 2017.


Author Guidelines:

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 previously published illustrations, tables, or lengthy quotations. 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. Authors should not refer to themselves or any of their published work with identifying information except for the cover page (as described below). For self-citation, 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, please register on our journal site: To register, click on LOG IN at the top of the Welcome webpage, and then click on “Register with this site” below the Log In button. 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 at least two 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. Revise and Resubmit – 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 is ineligible for resubmission in current form.

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.
Posted: 2016-12-20

Volunteer with JMGR

JMGR is now looking for volunteers for the 2016-2017 academic year. Open positions include: Secretary; Marketing Director; Marketing/Social Media Assistant; Education & Social Sciences Section Editor; Arts & Humanities Section Editor; Science & Engineering Section Editor; Lead Copy Editor; Assistant Web Director; Copy Editors - APA, MLA, Chicago; Peer Reviewers - All Subjects.  
Posted: 2016-05-24 More...

2016-2017 Managing Editor/Graduate Assistant Job Opening


The Journal of Mason Graduate Research is seeking a new Managing Editor/Graduate Assistant for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. This position is paid and has the potential to be renewed. 

View the full announcement for more information.

Posted: 2016-03-05 More...

2015-2016 Call for Submissions


In March 2016, the Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) will publish the first issue of its 3rd volume.

JMGR provides Mason and the broader academic community a quality, peer-reviewed, open access journal of graduate and faculty research. The 3rd volume will focus on the theme of Addressing Complex Global Issues.

The expected date of publication for the Journal is March 2016, using the Open Journal System (OJS). Please submit your work to by January 22, 2016.

In March 2016 the Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) will publish the first issue of its 3rd volume.
Posted: 2015-10-02 More...
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