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Submission Guidelines

Types of Research

  • Inventio accepts submissions of original research in theology, philosophy, the humanities, and the social sciences conducted and written by undergraduate students at The Catholic University of America. Authors should be current students or within two years of their graduation.
  • The papers should be written for a general, well-educated audience and may use technical language. The writing should show an attempt by the undergraduate researcher to tackle an intellectually challenging subject. The work should parallel academic rigor accepted in the professional research community.


  • Manuscripts should be in the form of an editable text file (.doc, .docx, or .rtf).
  • Manuscripts should not contain the author's name (the name and title will be identified on the Cover Letter form).
  • Manuscripts should include: original course the paper was written for, supervising instructor's name and email, title, abstract (of no more than 300 words), and endnotes.
  • Papers should not exceed 7500 words (not including notes).
  • Longer projects such as junior or senior theses are welcome as abridged versions.
  • Manuscripts must be formatted using the guidelines set out in the Chicago Manual of Style and the Inventio stylesheet.
  • Authors are responsible for securing permission to reproduce images in their work (if you are uncertain how to go about doing this, please consult your supervising faculty member or advisor) or selecting images that are in the public domain.

How to Submit Work

  • If possible, send the following documents via email to Dr. Taryn Okuma (
  • Authors may submit more than one essay for consideration, though it is unlikely that a single issue will contain more than one work by a single author.
  • Authors are also invited to resubmit work that was considered for previous issues and has been revised.
  • Alternatively, documents can be submitted in hard copy to Dr.Taryn Okuma (Marist Annex), with the exception of the editable text file of the manuscript, which should be sent via email (


All submissions are due by Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. 

Contact Information

Please send questions/concerns to the Student Editorial Board or the Faculty Editors via Dr. Taryn Okuma (

If you are unfamiliar with the Chicago Manual of Style or would like some assistance in formatting your manuscript, The Writing Center is available to help:


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