FAQ’s

Submitting

Who is eligible to submit work to The Classic?

UGA undergraduate students may submit work from

  • courses associated with the Writing Intensive Program
  • courses that carry the “W” suffix
  • upper-level courses that involve a writing component or project
  • Senior projects, senior thesis, and independent studies,

And if you are wondering about your eligibility, please don’t hesitate to email the editors.

What kind of work can I consider submitting?

We happily accept  research reports, course projects, essays, multimedia webtext or multimodal presentation, term paper, art portfolio exhibits, critical reviews, and reviews of academic fields.

Can I submit more than one manuscript for consideration?

Yes! You are welcome to submit multiple projects in the same reading period or across several reading periods. We just ask that you submit each manuscript with its own submission form in a separate email.

Can you explain the submission process?

First, check out the submission guidelines here: http://theclassicjournal.uga.edu/index.php/guidelines/. Then, once you have a polished manuscript ready to submit, send us an email at theclassicjournal@gmail.com that includes a completed submission form and your project attached. Once you click send, you are all set! Stay tuned to hear from us with feedback and a decision on your work in 1-3 months.

When can I submit work to The Classic?

Each year, we have two open submission periods:

  • Spring – April 15 to June 15
  • Fall – October 15 to January 15

During these windows, we actively seek work for the next issue of the journal.

At the same time, please know that you are welcome to submit work to the journal at any time, even outside of these submission periods. We’re just happy to read your work whenever you can get it to us!

Once I submit, when should I expect a decision?

Our response time varies depending on the semester and the number of submissions we receive, but generally you can expect to hear from us in one to three months. If you haven’t heard from us after three months, please feel free to reach back out to us. 

Reviewing & Revising

What is the process for reviewing manuscripts at The Classic?

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What does revise and resubmit really mean?

An R&R means your manuscript was neither accepted nor rejected; rather, it means your paper has a great deal of potential but is not ready to be published quite yet. For scholarly publications, this is typically the first step to publication.

When you receive an R&R, take a look at the reviewers’ comments to see what the main issues are and work toward resolving them. Don’t be afraid to rethink concepts, claims, and structure. Don’t be afraid to rewrite parts of your paper. Remember, revision requires that you re-see your work in hopes of making improvements. It’s not just a matter of tinkering with words or rearranging sentences.

Once you’ve addressed reviewers’ comments and revised your work according to your own thorough self-assessment, it’s time to resubmit your manuscript. Careful, thoughtful revision can ensure that your work stands a better chance of being accepted.

I’ve been asked to submit a cover letter with my revised manuscript. What is a cover letter and what should it include?

A cover letter is your opportunity to respond to feedback from reviewers and describe the goals that motivated your work in revision and the decisions you made to improve your paper.  Here is a general template for a cover letter: 

  • Summarize your approach to revision.
  • List the major concerns from reviewers and how you responded to those concerns and/or why you chose not to address the feedback.
  • List minor concerns from reviewers and how you responded to those concerns and/or why you chose not to address the feedback.
  • Address in general how your revisions improved your paper and argument.
  • Conclude with a statement that explains the state of your paper now and the implications of your writing and research.
Once my work is accepted, I’m done, right? The work is ready to be published as is.

This almost never happens. Even work that has been accepted for publication typically needs to be revised at least once more before it will be considered ready for publication and passed along to the journal’s copy editors.  

If your work has been accepted, that means you are close. That is, your work shows a tremendous amount of promise and the editors are excited to work with you to take it to the next level.

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Who should I contact if I have questions?

Email questions to The Classic’s editors at theclassicjournal@gmail.com.