Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit if I’m not a member of the Honors College?

Absolutely. Merge has always been open to every student throughout campus. Students can submit from every discipline/college—in fact, we encourage all researchers to submit their research.

Can I submit after I’ve already graduated?

Yes, if you have graduated within the past year, you are able to submit to Merge. However, any research submitted should have been performed as an undergraduate at the Mississippi University for Women.

If my work was published in another journal, can I still submit to Merge?

No, if your work has already been published or is currently being reviewed by another journal, you cannot submit to Merge. We are seeking original contributions, which means that work published in this journal should not overlap with work being published by other journals.

If I completed my research independent of a faculty advisor, can I still submit?

Yes, you can submit any completed, independent research to Merge without a faculty advisor. Though a faculty advisor is not necessary, you should be aware of all the standards for research within your discipline. To submit, you must adhere to all standards and style guidelines in order to submit.

Can I submit more than one paper?

Yes. If you are considering submitting multiple papers, we recommend you closely consider the strength of each paper. It might be best to focus on developing a single paper for submission, rather than spreading your efforts between more than one paper. Remember, Merge looks for original research with in-depth analysis performed by undergraduate students.  

If my paper is accepted, how long will it take for it to appear in Merge?

Merge publishes annually in the spring semester, so if you have submitted your work before January, then your paper will be published at this time.

What is the peer/faculty review process and how does it work?

All submissions will undergo a process that combines components of peer and faculty review. Typically, when papers are submitted to a journal, papers are reviewed by experts within the discipline. Merge will use both student and faculty reviewers for this process. This will ensure that all papers are reviewed by someone with relevant content knowledge.

Can a submission have more than one author?

Yes, a submission may have more than one author so long as all primary authors are undergraduate students at Mississippi University for Women.

What is Merge’s position on plagiarism?

Plagiarism is not acceptable in any papers published in Merge. All submissions must be original research by the undergraduate student who has submitted the paper. It is crucial to follow citation guidelines within your discipline closely. Any papers with major citation issues will not be accepted without major edits to properly attribute all sources