Merge is a multidisciplinary undergraduate research publication housed in the Ina E. Gordy Honors College. The editorial staff is made up of members of the Honors College and encourages submissions from students across the university. Our purpose is to promote quality research from students of every academic discipline and level by giving them a platform for sharing their research.
Our first edition will be released online in Spring 2017. Submissions are due Monday, January 9, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
● Submit by the posted deadline.
● Prepare submissions to ensure they fall within the other listed submission guidelines.
● Research must have been performed by the student while an undergraduate at Mississippi University for Women and may be submitted up to one year after graduation.
● Submitted papers should provide in-depth analysis of original research performed by the undergraduate student who is submitting.
● Papers should not currently be under review for submission in another research publication.
● Papers must adhere to the standards and conventional style guidelines of the student’s discipline.
● Science and mathematics papers should adhere to Mississippi University for Women’s departmental style guidelines, which can be found on the Department of Sciences and Mathematics’s website: http://www.muw.edu/as/scimath/writing
● Papers should not exceed 9,000 words, excluding figures, tables, graphs, references, and appendices.
● Papers should be submitted in standard 12 point font, be double spaced, and have one-inch margins.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I submit if I’m not a member of the Honors College?
Yes, this research publication is open to all students across the university. Students from every discipline and college are welcome and encouraged to submit their research to the publication.
Can I submit after I’ve already graduated?
Yes, if you graduated within the past year, you are welcome to submit to the research journal. Any research submitted must have been performed while you were an undergraduate student at Mississippi University for Women.
If my work was published in another journal, can I still submit to Merge?
No, if your work has already been published or is currently being reviewed by another journal, you cannot submit to Merge. We are seeking original contributions, which means that work published in this journal should not overlap with work being published by other journals.
If I completed my research independent of a faculty advisor, can I still submit?
Yes, you may submit to the journal if you completed your research independent of a faculty advisor. If you do not have a faculty advisor, it is important that you are aware of all of the standards for research within your discipline. You must adhere to all standards and style guidelines in order to submit to the journal.
Can I submit more than one paper?
Yes, but if you are considering submitting more than one paper, we recommend closely considering the strength of each paper before submitting. It may be best to focus on developing one paper rather than spreading your work out between two separate papers. Remember that Merge is looking for in-depth analysis of original research performed by undergraduate students.
If my paper is accepted, how long will it take for it to appear in Merge?
Currently, Merge is operating on an annual publishing cycle. If you submit your paper before the January deadline, it will be published prior to the end of the spring semester in our annual publication upon acceptance.
What is the peer/faculty review process and how does it work?
All submissions will undergo a process that combines components of peer and faculty review. Typically, when papers are submitted to a journal, papers are reviewed by experts within the discipline. Merge will use both student and faculty reviewers for this process. This will ensure that all papers are reviewed by someone with relevant content knowledge.
Can a submission have more than one author?
Yes, a submission may have more than one author so long as all primary authors are undergraduate students at Mississippi University for Women.
What is Merge’s position on plagiarism?
Plagiarism is not acceptable in any papers published in Merge. All submissions must be original research by the undergraduate student who has submitted the paper. It is crucial to follow citation guidelines within your discipline closely. Any papers with major citation issues will not be accepted without major edits to properly attribute all resources.