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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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it under review at another journal (or, if so, an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in .doc or .docx file format. (If your submission can only be a pdf, please submit your document as a pdf and notify the editor at theowlfsu@gmail.com)
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text and references adhere to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


Call For Submissions

Papers submitted from August, 2019–December 21st, 2019, will be considered for the spring 2020 edition. The final deadline for submissions is December 21st, 2019. You may upload your manuscript at any time prior to the deadline. Manuscripts are chosen based on scholarly merit, not submission date. Please submit your manuscript by registering as an author, and following the instructions provided. The Owl has a rolling submission process and accepts manuscripts for the next available issue throughout the academic year.

Submission Components for Research Articles

  • A short bio
  • Abstract
  • An electronic copy of the manuscript/creative work with an appropriate title
  • Read and affirm your agreement to the Student Submission Agreement on the "Submit Article" page.


  • .doc or .docx format (Microsoft Word) (if your submission can only be a pdf, please submit it as such and notify the editor at theowlfsu@gmail.com)
  • 12-point font
  • Times News Roman
  • 1-inch margins
  • Double spaced
  • Place only one space after each period
  • Page numbers required
  • Citations must be in APA format. Click here for rules and guidelines for in-text citations in APA format, and here for rules and guidelines for creating a references page in APA format. See below for example APA citations

The text and title page of your manuscript do not need to be in strict APA format, as long as they meet the requirements above regarding font, margins, and spacing, and as long as the in-text citations and references page are in APA format. Please do, however, use clear, precise English. Please also take the following notes into account:

  • Use American spelling when applicable (e.g., "behavior" instead of "behaviour")
  • Capitalize after colons if what follows the colon is an independent clause
  • Use serial commas (e.g., "...France, Italy, and the UK")
  • Label figures, tables, and graphs numerically (e.g., "Figure 1; Figure 2...; Table 1; Table 2..."), and label appendices alphabetically (e.g., "Appendix A; Appendix B...")
  • Use hyphens to tie words together (e.g., "one-third"), en dashes to connect objects/words related by (temporal) distance (e.g., "January–March"), and em dashes to offset a parenthetical insertion or redirect a thought (e.g., "Sophocles is one of the few ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived—though many of them have only survived in fragmentary form")
  • If you are quoting 40 or more words of material from another source, format the material as a freestanding block quotation (and omit the quotation marks)

Example APA reference list citations

  • Doe, J., & Smith, J. (2018). Shaking fists at copyeditors: Unifying citation style makes life easier for everyone. Journal of Samples and Examples, 5, 100-110. [Style for articles]
  • Doe, T. J. (2018). APA style: The format that keeps everyone on the same page. Publisher Location Here: Publisher Name Here. [Style for books]
  • Doe, E. J., & Smith, R. J. (2018, May 22). Websites: Sometimes good sources, other times not. Retrieved from http://placeyourlinkhere.com [Style for websites]
  • Note that references must have a hanging indent on your references page
  • You can view a sample APA references page on p. 9 of this PDF

Paper length

  • The mandatory bio has a 50-word limit
  • The mandatory abstract should be between 150–200 words
  • The mandatory manuscript should be between 1400–5000 words (excluding references; exceptions may be issued upon petition of the editor-in-chief)
  • Note: Creative works do not need to hew to the 1400-word lower limit; however, creative works should be under 5000 words

Figures, Tables, Graphs, Illustrations, & Pictures

  • All figures, tables, graphs, illustrations, and pictures must be publication-ready (300–600 dpi is typically appropriate; if you are concerned about image quality, please send the original images rather than screenshots/reduced file size versions)
  • Place all figures, tables, graphs, illustrations, and pictures where you would like them to be within the paper (i.e., do not place all figures at the end of the article, unless you would like them to be printed at the end of the article)
  • Resizing will be necessary and will be done by the editorial staff if your paper is chosen to be published
  • Your figure, table, graph, illustration, and/or picture should be interpretable regardless of whether in black-and-white or color

Criteria for Journal Publication

  • The manuscript must be written for general audience. Avoid excessive use of jargon. Please add a glossary if necessary
  • The manuscript must follow the formatting guidelines outlined above
  • The references and in-text citations must be in APA style. Your paper will not be rejected on the basis of small deviations from APA style; if necessary, such deviations will be corrected during the revision process
  • The author’s/authors' name(s) should only appear on the first page/title page of the paper. This aids the editorial board in conducting a blind review
  • Prior to submitting, read the Frequently Asked Questions page for important information regarding your manuscript
  • Prior to submitting, read the Peer Review Process page

Submitting Creative Works

  • Whereas research articles should be submitted through this website, creative submissions should be submitted via this Qualtrics form: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ZZ5htGDij1C9pj
  • You may submit up to five (5) visual art pieces and up to three (3) written pieces. The sum word count of your submissions should be under 5000 words
  • The deadline for submitting creative works is also January 6th, 2019