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Author Guidelines

All submissions must be previously unpublished and sent to the editor as a Word document. Articles in the form of a hypertext document with relevant and referenced web sites and graphics, as well as a brief list of suggested links for further consideration by readers, are especially encouraged.

  • All submissions are to be double-spaced and between 3000 - 6000 words in length
  • Notes, citations, and suggested sources should be placed at the end of the submission in APA format (APA Publication Manual, 5th Edition)
  • APA style for heads should be followed
  • Submissions are blind reviewed and the author's name should not appear on the electronic document
  • Use 10p, Arial font
  • Place page numbers in the upper right hand corner
  • Each manuscript needs to be prefaced with a 50-100 word abstract that will be included with the published article.
  • Any tables, figures, diagrams, images need to be camera-ready

Author(s) of accepted work will be asked to provide and a 75-100 word bioessay.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Under copyright law, the author of a work holds the copyright. By allowing one's work to be published in MountainRise, a publication of the Coulter Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, the author agrees to retain the copyright, but gives MountainRise the exclusive right to first publish the work.

The published author also grants to MountainRise a nonexclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display or perform the work, in whole or in part for nonprofit, educational uses via paper copy and / or electronic medium.

The author owns the copyright for the article and is responsible for registering the article or work with the United States Copyright Office.

The author agrees to cite their work as first published in MountainRise whenever reproducing it.


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