Explorations Synopsis Submission (Vol. 13)
Closed on 2/1/2021 at noon.
Explorations is an interdisciplinary journal open to all undergraduate students who have conducted research, scholarly, and creative work under faculty mentorship at Texas A&M University.
Explorations welcomes research, scholarly and creative submissions of general interest from any discipline. We seek to highlight the most curious and innovative undergraduates pursuing intellectual and aesthetic experiences outside of the classroom. The undergraduate work we publish supports the university’s current Quality Enhancement Plan initiative, Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime through fostering curiosity, innovation and independence. Recently published articles have been from a wide range of academic fields: music, creative poetry, forensics, cancer biology, astrophysics, nanomedicine, computer algorithms, business, geosciences, sociology, aerospace engineering, and cultural anthropology.
The first step to publication in Explorations is the synopsis submission. A synopsis for Explorations is essentially an article pitch. If invited, you will have the opportunity to submit a full manuscript at a later date.
By the time we finish reading your answers to our free response questions, the Explorations Board should broadly understand the question your research is trying to address, why addressing that question is important, and what YOU SPECIFICALLY are doing to address that question.
The difference between each submission category is to recognize disciplinary language only. Each submission option asks 6 nearly identical questions, rephrased slightly to be meaningful within the context of a given field. All submissions must be rooted in research and conducted under a faculty member at Texas A&M University.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Completion of this submission application indicates a willingness to submit a full manuscript for publication in Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal. Full manuscripts (requested by mid-March) must be between 1000 and 2500 words describing your work and its significance in a manner accessible to a broad audience. Authors work with editors and board members to polish their manuscripts. The full manuscripts undergo a second round of faculty and student review. Final articles are chosen from the full manuscript submissions. Provisionally accepted articles undergo further editing, and a final review and supporting paperwork (copyright, author biographies, faculty advisor endorsement, etc.) are required for publication. Final articles are due in early-May each year. Authors of Creative Works and Cover Artwork must include an artifact and may have shorter articles.
Volume 13 Synopsis Prompts
Note to Authors of Cover Artwork Submissions: You will also be asked to upload a draft version of the proposed cover artwork. All Cover Artwork submissions must be entirely original (use of stock photography or other images found online is strictly prohibited).