Explorations Synopsis Submission (Vol. 14)
Closed on 2/7/2022 at 5:00 PM.
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 by mid-March.
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.
- 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 1,500 and 3,000 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.
- Read more about this timeline on our Submissions webpage.
Volume 14 Synopsis Prompts
Cover Artwork Specifications
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) and based in a scholarly research project.
- Printing Requirements: Full design must be 8.625" by 11.125" (Portrait Orientation). This means that your 8.5” x 11” document includes a 1/8” bleed. Your design must extend to the edges of the document (i.e. Do not leave the bleed area blank unless it is intentional for the design). At least 300 dpi. Vector format is highly preferred for digital artwork.
- More interactive forms of artwork are also acceptable; however, cover artwork must also be submitted in a form appropriate for high quality printing.
- Note that we will place the Explorations and Texas A&M University logos, as well as a “tab” with the volume number and release date, on the cover design. See past issues for examples.