Lux: Undergraduate Scholarship at UVA Wise

Lux: Undergraduate Scholarship at UVA Wise is a faculty-reviewed multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing exceptional research based scholarship by current students and recent graduates of
 The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Submission Guidelines

Lux is a multidisciplinary journal open to all fields. The first author must have initiated the scholarly activity as a student at UVA Wise. Alumni may submit within three years of graduation.

Please review Submission Guidelines below before submitting to avoid automatic rejections. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in the rejection of your paper without review.

Formatting Requirements

  • The submission must be saved as one single document file (all appendixes and references must be included in one file).
  • File must be in Microsoft Word (.doc).
  • Text must be Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins.

  • Articles must use APA or MLA format only.

  • All identifying student information must be removed from the text of the submission, including headers, footers, and title pages.

  • The file must be saved as a one-word title that does not identify the author.

  • Supporting images should be inserted as a JPEG with numbers and captions to accompany the images. The recommended resolution for images is at least 300 dpi.

  • The article should be no longer than 20 pages, which excludes references and supporting materials such as images, charts, tables, and figures.

  • Research should be recent, reliable and relevant. 

  • IRB application/approval must be provided on all human subject research.

  • Abstract: Authors must provide a 250-300 word abstract for their submissions at the beginning of the paper. The abstract should be accessible to readers outside of your immediate field and written in English

  • Bio: Authors must submit a 60-100 word bio with their submission.

  • Acknowledgements: Authors should recognize individuals and institutions that supported and sponsored your scholarly activity. This section should be no more than 150 words.

UVA Wise Honor Code and Citations  

Submissions will be checked for plagiarism, and plagiarized papers are subject to rejection without further review. Authors are expected to cite all sources as necessary and are to use the citation standards of their particular field. Works received without adequate citation will be not be considered for publication.

Copyright and Copyrighted Images 

Submissions must contain original work conducted as an undergraduate student at UVA Wise. The author(s) keep the copyright to published work. Author(s) may republish their work elsewhere, but need to cite Lux as an original source and must be aware that many publications do not accept previously published work. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to use copyrighted text including visual aids, images, video, etc.

Journal Blind Peer Review Process

Every attempt is made to ensure a respectful, transparent, and timely process throughout the blind peer review process.  Initial submissions are reviewed for compliance with submission guidelines and anonymously coded to remove all identifying info  by the Editors.

The anonymously coded submissions are then sent out to faculty with expertise in the field  (not directly advising or affiliated with the student) for two separate independent reviews. Each reviewer is asked to maintain confidentiality and not share or discuss the submission with others. The reviewer will each independently choose to accept, accept with minor revisions, or reject.

If a submission has two yes votes, it is then sent to the Editorial Board for a final review and endorsement.

If a submission requires revision, the submission is returned to the student with revision suggestions and a deadline. The reviewer or faculty Board will confirm that any concerns have been addressed and can reject submissions at their discretion for failing to address critical concerns.

If there are two “no” votes the submission is rejected with revision suggestions sent to the student.

If there are split faculty reviewer votes (one yes and one no), a third faculty member or the Faculty Board may be asked to review the submission.

All accepted submissions are further reviewed and endorsed by the Editorial Board prior to publication. The Board reserves the right to reject submissions at this time in the interests of space, theme or tone, and other Editorial issues.

Publish in Lux
Submit Your Work for publication by February 1, 2021.

Decision Timeline  

We accept submissions on a rolling basis, but publish only in Fall. All authors will be notified about Fall publishing decisions one month prior to publication. 

Editorial Board for 2020-2021

Josephine Rodriguez    

Sabrina Qureshi

Alex Reynolds                

Anthony Cashio

Christa Moore                

Madelynn Shell

Joseph Kern                    

Emily Dotson

Order Copies

You can order a copy of Lux or donate to the publication by contacting Emily Dotson.  

Lux is published annually on this site and in a small print release at Universal Printing in Bristol, Va. Lux is funded by Wise Writes.

Emily A. Dotson

Emily A.

Associate Professor of English