Preliminary submissions are received by the Editorial Board, consisting of the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor. The Editorial Board performs a cursory review of the manuscript to determine whether it (a) is consistent with the scope of the journal, (b) has been properly prepared according to the established formatting style of the journal, and (c) is compliant with the Ethical Guidelines of the journal. Submissions that do not comply with these standards may be rejected prior to undergoing peer review, at the discretion of the Editorial Board; in these cases, however, authors will be given the opportunity to revise and resubmit their research if they so choose. The exception is for work that has been deemed contrary to the Journal’s ethical policy; in these cases, please refer to the Ethical Guidelines.
The Peer-Review Process
Upon acceptance by the Editorial Board, all submissions are referred, independently and anonymously, to at least two of the journal’s affiliated, discipline-specific peer reviewers. The journal may also elect to consult Editorial Board members, guest editors, and others determined to have the necessary qualifications. Reviewers evaluate the manuscript for quality and originality of research as well as style and grammar. Style guide referred to is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5
Reviewers then return the manuscript, along with comments and suggestions for any revisions major or minor, to the Editorial Board.
Although the Board may at this point decide to accept or reject a submission, it is customary for the manuscript to then be returned to the author for revision in accordance with the suggestions of the reviewers. Upon receipt of the revised and resubmitted manuscript, the Editorial Board may again anonymously consult as many independent reviewers as it determines necessary. No more than two such revisions and resubmissions are permitted. Upon completion of the revision process, the Editorial Board will reach a final decision regarding the publication of the manuscript.
All accepted manuscripts are submitted to the journal’s standard production procedure. This stage involves final copy-editing and proofreading as well as editing for grammar and usage. The article is then paginated and prepared for publication on the Carthage Vanguard website.
The Carthage Vanguard is committed to introducing superior undergraduate research and academic work to the field of scholarly publication. To this end, we hold all submissions to a rigorous ethical standard. Work found to have plagiarized content, falsified data, inappropriate credit of authorship, etc. will NOT be considered for publication. Acknowledging that such cases do arise, the Editorial Board has established a system whereby originality of content is verified through Turnitin.com, and each article is checked against previous submissions and publications. Where the authenticity of an article is in question, the Editorial Board enforces a zero-tolerance policy and will reject the submission immediately.