Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research



Philosophy of Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research

For more information, please see Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Perpetua accepts research completed by undergraduate students of the University of Alabama in Huntsville under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The work should be substantially that of the student, and be sufficiently complete, original, and innovative to warrant publication. The research must have been completed while the student was an undergraduate at the UAH. Students may submit research within one year after graduating.

Faculty mentors may include tenure-earning and tenured faculty, lecturers, full-time research staff with Doctoral level credentials, and term faculty appointments. Professionals outside of UAH are also permissible with prior approval. Students must notify their mentor that they intend to submit for publication. The mentor should give guidance and advice, and is expected to critically read and approve the accuracy and content of the manuscript prior to submission. The mentor may agree to be listed as a co-author or contributor in the manuscript.

For research submissions involving human testing, submissions must include a statement of approval from the UAH Institutional Review Board, including the protocol approval number. This information must be provided via the submission form. More information can be found at uah.edu/irb.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Perpetua: The UAH Journal of Undergraduate Research has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Perpetua Official Style Guide for Authors for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and LOUIS

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to LOUIS all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of LOUIS, requires credit to LOUIS as copyright holder (e.g., LOUIS © 2023).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from LOUIS provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the LOUIS website and/or software agree not to misuse the LOUIS service or software in any way.

The failure of LOUIS to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between LOUIS and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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