Submission Process

The Tower accepts submissions from all disciplines offered at the Georgia Institute of Technology on a rolling basis throughout the year. Research may discuss empirical or theoretical work, including, but not limited to, experimental, historical, ethnographic, literary, and cultural inquiry. The journal strives to appeal to readers in academia and industry. Articles must be easily understood by bachelors-educated individuals of any discipline. Although The Tower will review submissions of highly technical research for potential inclusion, submissions must be written to educate the audience, rather than simply report results to experts in a particular field. Original research must be well supported by evidence, arguments must be clear, and conclusions must be logical. More specifically, The Tower welcomes submissions under the following categories:

  • Articles: manuscripts that represent the culmination point of an undergraduate research project, where the author addresses a clearly defined research problem from one, or sometimes multiple approaches

  • Dispatches: manuscripts in which the author reports recent progress on a research challenge that is relatively narrow in scope, but critical toward his or her overall research aim

  • Perspectives: manuscripts that reflect active scholarly thinking in which the author provides personal viewpoints and invites further discussions on a topic of interest through literature synthesis and/or logical analysis

  • Synopses: manuscripts that provide a detailed overview of an article already published in a professional, refereed journal (of which the author must be a co-author), specifically highlighting the research the author was responsible for

All submissions to The Tower must adhere to the outlined submission guidelines. Failure to adhere to all applicable guidelines will result in rejection of the submission. A submission checklist is provided below to assist authors in preparing their manuscript and supplemental information for submission to The Tower. Following an initial review, submissions will enter a blind, peer-review; the policies of this process are outlined here. The review process is carried out through the Online Journal System (OJS). How-to guides and documentation is provided on the right to assist authors in submitting their manuscript through OJS.

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When?

We accept submissions on a rolling basis; however, in order to be considered for next semester's issue, please submit by November 25th, 2016 at midnight.

How?

All submissions must include:

  • Manuscript meeting all requirements outlined in the submission guidelines.

  • Consent Form signed by author and faculty advisor.

  • Author Biography Form for all authors.

  • All graphics, sound, video, and other supplementary materials as outlined in the submission guidelines.

Who?

Direct your submission-related questions to: Gautam Rangavajla, Managing Editor for Submissions and Review, review at gttower dot org

What?

Your submission will be read by trained reviewers, helping to guide you through the process of further preparing your research for publication. See the details of the process at the Submissions Flowchart.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to comply with all of the following items. Submissions will be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines:

  • A consent form has been signed by both the author and the author's faculty advisor. This form can be downloaded here. If this form is not signed, the submission will not be reviewed.

  • An Author Biography form has been filled-out. This form can be downloaded here.

  • All submission materials have the authors' identities removed. If the author(s) is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu. Acknowledges, which contain potentially identifying information, must be submitted as a separate Word document with the submission.

  • The submission follows all formatting, stylistic, and bibliographic guidelines specified in detail here. These requirements include, but are not limited to: 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 submitted as separate supplementary files, while the figure/illustration/table captions and labels are placed at the end of the document.

  • The manuscript's text is in Microsoft Word format. All equations use Microsoft Equation Editor, or MathType formats. All figures/illustrations are saved as high-quality image files. Anything not meeting these specifications will be immediately returned to the author.

  • The submission is not an exact copy of work that has been previously published. Authors are encouraged to use work published in The Tower for later publications in other open, refereed journals.