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Lux: Undergraduate Scholarship at UVA Wise

Lux is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting exceptional written scholarship by current students and recent graduates of  The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

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Read Lux, Issue IV


  • Josephine Rodriguez
  • Emily Dotson
  • Sabrina Qureshi


  • Robert Arrowood
  • Karen Carter
  • Anthony Cashio
  • Miranda Cashio
  • Joseph Kern
  • Christa Moore

Submit Now to Issue V!

To submit Email with

  1. this completed application
  2. a Word version (see guidelines below) of your submission. 

Publishing Eligibility: 

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

Submission Guidelines:  

All submissions must be sent in a single email: 1) with an attached submission saved as a single file and 2) with an attached application.

The submission must include all appendixes and references in a single document.

File must be in Word (.doc), Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and formatted according to the scholarly convention of the discipline.

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 not identifying 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 at least ten pages and no longer than 20, excluding 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.

Authors should recognize individuals and institutions supporting, funding, or sponsoring their scholarly activity. This section should be no more than 150 words.

Co-authors must be credited and identified on any submission. 

UVA Wise Honor Code and Citations: Submissions will be checked for plagiarism, including using AI. Plagiarized papers are subject to rejection without further review. Authors are expected to cite all sources as necessary and use the citation standards of their field. Works received without adequate citation will 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 the published work and are encouraged to submit for publication elsewhere.  The author is responsible for obtaining permission to use copyrighted text, including visual aids, images, video, etc.

Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in the rejection of your paper without review.

Submit to Lux

Journal Blind Peer Review Process

Every attempt is made to ensure a respectful, transparent, and timely process throughout the blind peer review process. 

STEP 1: Initial submissions are reviewed for compliance with submission guidelines and anonymously coded to remove all identifying info by the Editor In Chief. To ensure a blind editorial process, the Editorial Board works without knowing any student info until after all submissions are endorsed by the board.

STEP 2: Anonymously coded submissions are then sent out to faculty with academic expertise in the disciplinary field or topic (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.

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

If a submission is accepted with Minor 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 problems.

If there are two Revise for Future Submission votes, the submission is returned to the author with recommendations for revision for consideration in a future issue.

If there are split faculty reviewer votes (one Accept and one Revise for Future Submission), a third faculty member or the Faculty Board will be asked to review the submission and break the tie.

Step 3: All reviewer-accepted submissions are further reviewed and endorsed by the Editorial Board before publication. The Board reserves the right to reject submissions in the interests of space, theme or tone, and other Editorial issues.

Decision Timeline  

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. 

Order Copies

You can order a free copy of Lux by contacting Emily Dotson 

Emily A. Dotson

Emily A.

Associate Professor of English