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A.S.K. (Art. Science. Knowledge.) is an online journal published by the Undergraduate Scholars Initiative (USI) of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University. The journal showcases faculty-mentored student research work and creative production, highlighting the best of the best in terms of undergraduate scholarly research and creative work from all of the disciplines encompassed by the College. The online journal is a venue for students to disseminate research results, display their creativity, and contribute perspectives that touch upon a diversity of knowledge and artistic expressions. A.S.K. provides a platform for all CAS students who are committed to excellence in scholarly and creative work, and supports the research and educational missions of both the College of Arts and Sciences and Washington State University.

Focus and Scope: A.S.K. invites submissions of faculty-mentored undergraduate student research and/or creative production (including performance work) from the wide range of academic areas and disciplines encompassed within the college, including those that cross boundaries into other areas.

Vol. 1, Spring 2013

ASK 2013

The editor for the first volume was Eduardo Mejia (political science, 2013), and the designer was Haley Elder (digital technology and cultures, 2013). CAS associate deans working with the students were Dr. Carol Ivory and Dr. Ana María Rodriguez-Vivaldi. Contributors for the first volume were drawn from students who received research grants during summer 2012, students receiving college-sponsored research grants during academic year 2012-2013, and students whose faculty-mentored work was accepted for presentation during the Showcase and SURCA competitions in spring 2013.

Vol. 2, Spring 2014

ASK 2014

The editor and designer for the second volume was Shandra Clark (English, 2014). Contributing CAS associate deans were Dr. Carol Ivory and Dr. Ana María Rodriguez-Vivaldi. Contributors for the second volume were recruited from pools of students who received research grants during summer 2013, as well as students receiving college-sponsored research grants during academic year 2013-2014. Additionally, submissions were drawn from students whose faculty-mentored work was accepted for presentation during the Showcase and SURCA competitions in spring 2014.

Editors/Designers for future editions: Every fall, the College of Arts and Sciences will run a competition to fill two paid internships to work in editing and managing the Undergraduate Scholars Initiative online journal. The two interns will work on the design/maintenance of the journal and the website, as well as curating content for the next volume. Interns will work under the supervision of CAS faculty and staff. Undergraduate applicants are preferred.

Criteria for Submission:

1. All work must be the result of a faculty-mentored scholarly research or creative activity produced by a student or group of students certified in a major offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.
2. The submission should be accompanied by the written endorsement of a faculty member.
3. All submissions must also be accompanied by a completed application form, which can be found on the A.S.K. website.
4. If the submission is a research article, it must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication by another WSU undergraduate student journal. Online or printed publication of conference proceedings is considered prior publication.
5. All written components accompanying a creative piece should be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc) format with single-spaced, 12-point text. For documents that include graphics, include a PDF version as well to ensure proper formatting can be double-checked/retained in the editing process. Final publications in A.S.K. will appear in PDF format.
6. All submissions must include a 200-word abstract summarizing the project and/or providing a context for the artistic production.
7. For research articles, length and content may vary according to discipline-specific standards. In general, most articles run from 4500-9000 words.
8. For creative or performance-based projects, the appropriate media (video, audio, photography, etc.) and length will be determined by submission itself.

Review Process: All research projects or creative pieces submitted to A.S.K. will be reviewed according to the following procedure:

1. The editor(s), editorial board, and associate dean(s) supervising the journal will review all submissions and assess their compliance with application criteria, basic protocols for section requirements, and scholarly excellence (e.g., word length, the inclusion of references, and adherence to basic grammar rules), relevance of the subject area, and accessibility or interest to an academic audience. Appeal to a broad, informed readership is an asset, but not a requirement. The editor(s) hold the right to reject submissions that do not conform to the basic requirements for submission. It is therefore imperative that authors review and fully understand the criteria for submissions to A.S.K. prior to submitting.
2. Comments on the articles are submitted to the editor(s), who will then place the piece into one of three categories: A) Accept submission; B) Revisions required; or C) Decline submission.
3. Following outcome (A) or (B), the submission is accepted for publication. Following outcome (C), the submission is rejected for publication.
4. The article may be copy edited for formatting, style, spelling, and grammar. In such an instance, a proof copy will be provided to the author.
5. The article is published in the designated issue of A.S.K.

Privacy Statement: Names and email addresses submitted as part of the application process will be used for communication with the editorial staff of the journal and the applicants and will not be published or distributed to any third party.

Copyright Notice: Authors who publish with this journal retain copyright of their work and may share it. However, they are asked to include an acknowledgement of the work’s initial publication in this journal in any subsequent publication.