Review Process

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The editorial team at Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research is committed to a professional, efficient, and fair review process. So you know what to expect when you submit a manuscript for publication consideration, we have outlined our procedures below.

  1. All submissions will first be read by the editor.
  2. The editor will send submissions that fit the journal's general specifications to a faculty mentor, a scholar-teacher familiar with service learning and community-based research. When possible, the editor will send a submission to faculty mentors in the student's discipline. Submitters will be notified at this stage in the review process.
  3. The faculty mentor will make one of four decisions: Accept, Accept with Minor Revisions, Revise and Resubmit, or Reject. The faculty mentor will notify the submitter of his/her decision.
  4. If a decision is Accept, the manuscript moves to the editorial stage. The author will be contacted with instructions.
  5. If a decision is Accept with Minor Revisions or Revise and Resubmit, the author will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript in accordance with the faculty mentor?s revision feedback.
  6. Submitters should be aware that most published articles will undergo rigorous and deep revision before being accepted for publication.
Revise and Resubmit is a common response by editorial board readers, and even well-known scholars frequently receive this response. In faculty journals, Revise and Resubmit does not mean that the journal will necessarily accept the revised submission. However, at Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research, we will generally commit to publishing an article if the student puts in sufficient time and effort to revise the draft based on the faculty mentor's suggestions.