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 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Inventio?

Who is the audience for Inventio?

How can I get a copy of Inventio?

Can I order additional print copies?

Who can submit to Inventio?

How will my paper be chosen?

How do I need to format my submission?

When is the submission deadline?

How long can my submission be?

Can my submission include photos? 

Can my submission include charts, graphs, or maps?

How many times can I submit to Inventio?

How can I join the Student Editorial Board?

Who can apply to the Student Editorial Board?

How many positions can I apply for? 

 

What is Inventio?

Inventio is the multidisciplinary undergraduate research journal of The Catholic University of America. It aims to identify and disseminate original undergraduate research that best represents the university’s commitment to the academic and Catholic traditions that inform its mission to “discover and impart the truth.” The journal accepts submissions of research in the humanities, theology, philosophy, the arts, and the social sciences written by current students or within two years of their graduation. Inventio is supported by Undergraduate Studies, the University Honors Program, the English Department, and the University Writing Center.

Who is the audience for Inventio?

Members of the CUA community are the primary audience of the journal: students, staff, faculty, and alumni. However, we hope that family and friends will enjoy the work in Inventio, and that it might appeal to everyone invested in undergraduate research.

How can I get a copy of Inventio?

Contact Dr. Taryn Okuma at okuma@cua.edu.

Can I order additional print copies?

Contact Dr. Taryn Okuma at okuma@cua.edu.

Who can submit to Inventio?

Current undergraduate students or students who have graduated within the past two years of the submission deadline can submit to Inventio.

How will my paper be chosen?

All submissions will be sent to members of the Faculty Advisory Board to determine, through a blind review process, which papers will be passed on to the Student Editorial Board. The Student Editorial Board will then conduct a second blind review of the papers.

How do I need to format my submission?

Manuscripts should be in the form of an editable text file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf). Papers should not exceed 7500 words (not including notes).
Longer projects such as junior or senior theses are welcome as abridged versions. Submissions should be consistently formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style; if accepted for publication, authors should be prepared to work with the editorial staff to format the paper according to journal standards. For more information regarding submissions click here.

When is the submission deadline?

All submissions for the 2017-18 issue are due by Tuesday, August 1st, except for FYE submissions, which are due on November 1st.

How long can my submission be?

Papers should not exceed 7500 words (not including notes).

Can my submission include images? 

Yes, but if your paper is selected for publication you will need to obtain written permission to use the images.  You should also keep in mind that the journal is printed in black and white.

If you are submitting a paper that includes images, you should search first to see if you can find an image that is free of copyright: for example, perhaps it is explicitly given to the public domain or it has a Creative Commons license that allows it to be reproduced for non-commercial purposes.

If you cannot find such an image, then your next step should be to write to the copyright holder to see if you can receive permission to use the image that you need.  If you receive the following grant, then the journal can use the image with your paper:

I grant a free, perpetual non-exclusive license to use [name the work] by [name the artist or copyright owner (if different from the artist)] in Inventio, which is an academic, non-profit journal.

This would only cover publication in the journal itself.  If you would like to also have your paper published on our website, you should ask for the following grant:

I grant a free, perpetual non-exclusive license to use [name the work] by [name the artist or copyright owner (if different from the artist)] in Inventio,which is an academic, non-profit journal, in print and online.

Unfortunately, if the copyright holder will only grant you the license to use the work for a fee, Inventio is not able at this time to pay licensing fees. For more information about covering the cost of licensing fees, please contact the editors; we also encourage you to consult your supervising professor or advisor for advice in locating possible sources of funding.

Can my submission include charts, graphs, or maps?

Charts, graphs, and maps should be labeled as fig.1 (etc.) in the text and the image should appear at the end of the text before the footnotes. The charts, graphs, and maps should be cited correctly.

How many times can I submit to Inventio?

Students can submit multiple papers per issue. There is no limit to the number of times that a student can submit to Inventio.

How can I join the Student Editorial Board?

Students wishing to join the Student Editorial Board must submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, recommendation form, and writing sample. More information can be found here.

Who can apply to the Student Editorial Board?

Students who are available to enroll in the course UGS/HSLS 328 in the Spring semester on Friday mornings are eligible to apply to the Student Editorial Board.

How many positions can I apply for? 

Students can apply for a specific position, but have the option of submitting their application to be considered for all available positions.

 

 

2016-2017 Student Editorial Board

  • Editor-in-Chief: Rebecca McCarron
  • Managing Editor & Head Copyeditor: Angelica Sisson
  • Assistant Managing Editor: Danielle Schirripa
  • Associate Editor: Claire Colemen
  • Head Layout Editor: Selina Donahue
  • Web Content Editor: Carly Baluarte
  • Copyeditor: Isabel Vander Bleek
  • Journal Photographer: Alex Huntley

Faculty Editors

  • Dr. Taryn Okuma, English
  • Dr. Jennifer Paxton, History
  • Dr. Caroline Sherman, History