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Author Guidelines

Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric seeks theory-driven and/or research-based submissions from undergraduates on the following topics: 

Writingrhetoric, composition, professional writing, technical writing, business writing, discourse analysis, writing technologies, peer tutoring in writing, writing process, writing in the disciplines, and related topics.

Faculty mentors play a vital role in encouraging students to submit their work to YSW and in supporting students as they revise their texts prior to submission for an audience beyond the classroom.

Please Note: In keeping with YSW’s mission, the editorial board believes that students should submit their work to the journal because they are committed to making a contribution to the field of writing studies and rhetoric, not because they are fulfilling a course requirement or are earning extra credit in a class.

How to submit

Log into your YSW account. Register (see link above) if you do not already have an account, being sure that at the bottom of the registration page you've checked the boxes to register as both Reader and Author. Then go to New Submission, which will open in a new tab. Refer back to this tab for further instructions.

Step 1: Starting the Submission
  • Under Journal Section, choose "Articles" for regular submissions; "Spotlight on First Year Writing" for research done in 100- or 200-level composition courses or by first-year students; "Comment and Response" for short comments or responses to articles previously published in YSW.
  • Complete Submission Checklist and the Copyright Policy checkbox.
  • Click Save and Continue at the bottom of the page
Step 2: Uploading your Submission
  • Follow the instructions for uploading your file.
  • Once you see your filename displayed above the upload box, click Save and Continue at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: Metadata
  • Complete any information boxes designated by an asterisk -- author info and title/abstract. 
  • Under Author Info, skip the ORCID ID as well as the bio statement at this time.
  • Under Title and Abstract, enter both the piece's title and 100-150 word abstract (summary) for your submission.
  • Skip Indexing and Contributors and Supporting Agencies
  • Click Save and Continue at the bottom of the page.
Step 4: Uploading Supplementary Files
  • This step is not usually necessary. If you need to upload any graphics or data files that are separate from your main submission file, please contact the Editor at
  • Click Save and Continue at the bottom of the page.
Step 5: Confirm Your Submission
  • Confirm your submission by clicking Finish Submission at the bottom of the page. You'll receive an e-mail confirming that we've received your submission. 


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.

  1. When you add your YSW account, be sure to

    • use your *preferred* email address if that's different from your school e-mail address 
    • include the name of the college or university you're attending (or attended when when you wrote the piece you're submitting)
    • check both the Reader and Author boxes at the bottom of the registration page
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  3. Your name and institutional affiliation do not appear on the manuscript.
    • Article submissions are 10-25 pages double-spaced. Submissions longer than 25 pages will not be considered.
    • First-Year Spotlight submissions are 5-25 pages double-spaced.
    • Comments and Responses are 2-5 pages double-spaced.
  4. Your submission follows current MLA format. (Exceptions: delete any MLA headers from your document that include your name, and do not use a separate title page.)
  5. If your research involves human subjects, you've obtained IRB clearance for the research from your institution, or your faculty mentor has determined IRB review is unnecessary. (If you are unsure whether your research requires IRB review or whether your research has IRB clearance, consult with your faculty mentor.) Contact the Editor at with any questions.

  6. Faculty Certification

    1. Under Step 1 "Starting Your Submission," add a note in the Comments for the Editor box listing your faculty mentor's name and email address. 
    2. Be sure you have notified your faculty mentor at your school of this submission and asked them to e-mail the Editor at to certify that you are the author of the work you're submitting, and that you were an undergraduate when you wrote it.

Copyright Notice

Young Scholars in Writing encourages use of its materials in educational and research settings. Following principles of Fair Use, articles on this website or in the journal's print edition may be reproduced without permission or fee for educational and research purposes. Authors retain copyright of their submissions and articles. 


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