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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.
  • The faculty mentor has reviewed the article against the rubric prior to submission and signed the Aquila Faculty Verification (http://tinyurl.com/AquilaFacultyVerification). The Faculty Verification Form should be uploaded with your submission or emailed to meichbauer@fgcu.edu.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Creative pieces adhere to disciplinary standards and copyright laws.
  • 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).

Author Guidelines

A central aim of Aquila (Online ISSN: 2572-6021) is to introduce students to the revision and publication process. Students will receive mentorship all along the way, from preparing their work for submission, to incorporating reviewer comments, to final edits before publication. We want you to take your critical thinking and written/creative analysis from the classroom to the wider community of scholars. 

To do that, we work with students to transform their research into a published article. All submissions are formally reviewed by the Editorial Board and faculty experts. We hope that students will develop their skills as scholars through the review process, as we also hope to inspire others to undertake research when they read the published articles on an array of captivating subjects.

In cases of written work, authors should follow ensure that their submission amply fulfills the following categories:

  • The abstract summarizes the article accurately.
  • The arguments are focused.
  • The introduction clearly sets forth a) the thesis statement, hypothesis and/or research question and b) the course the paper will follow to prove the thesis.
  • The literature review is appropriate in breadth and length and demonstrates the scope of the scholarship.
  • The findings are objectively presented and the analysis is done thoroughly. The structure of the paper has a methodological flow.
  • Major ideas/results/findings are recapitulated in the conclusion/discussion section.
  • The writing is well-organized, clear, and grammatically correct.
  • The writing is free from jargon and key terms are defined.
  • Citations and notes are appropriate and the quality of sources are sound. The essay uses the style appropriate to the discipline (Chicago, APA, or MLA) consistently.

Research Articles

This section focuses on original research conducted in capstone projects, honors theses, posters, or revisions of a research paper written for a course. Be sure to work with your professor in order to transform it into a publication.

Prior to submission, your faculty mentor must complete the Faculty Verification Form, which should be uploaded with your submission or emailed to meichbauer@fgcu.edu.

Literature Reviews

This section focuses on in-depth literature reviews. If the literature review was written for a course assignment, be sure to work with your professor in order to transform it into a publication.

Prior to submission, your faculty mentor must complete the Faculty Verification Form, which should be uploaded with your submission or emailed to meichbauer@fgcu.edu.

Case Studies

This section is devoted to case studies. If the case study was written for a course assignment, be sure to work with your professor in order to transform it into a publication.

Prior to submission, your faculty mentor must complete the Faculty Verification Form, which should be uploaded with your submission or emailed to meichbauer@fgcu.edu.

Creative Works

This section is devoted to creative works. Please reach out to us if you have questions about the medium in which you would like to submit.

Prior to submission, your faculty mentor must complete the Faculty Verification Form, which should be uploaded with your submission or emailed to meichbauer@fgcu.edu.

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