Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need experience to join Re:Search as a writer, peer reviewer, or copy editor?
No prior experience is needed! Re:Search welcomes students of all levels of experience. We want to offer students the chance to learn about how the research and publication process works, which is why we offer training and informational sessions with fellow students and faculty throughout the course of the publication process to ensure all contributors are on the same page. We offer training sessions and workshops for our peer reviewers and copy editors, as well as proposal workshops for our potential writers. Re:Search is a place where you can learn with us, gain experience, and help develop skills that will help you further down the line.
- How many papers would I handle as a peer reviewer or copy editor? In general, peer reviewers will offer constructive, meaningful commentary on a single (1) student’s proposal. Similarly, each copy editor (both light copy editors and citation editors) will be assigned to a single (1) essay; although, around two (2) copy editors of each type may be assigned to the same essay (that way, we can catch more mistakes!).
- Can my honor’s thesis essay simultaneously function as a submission to Re:Search? It most certainly can! The only additional condition for Re:Search is that we require you to submit your final essay earlier than the honor’s thesis deadline.
- What professional skills would I gain by working with Re:Search? Re:Search strives to parallel the professional publication process as much as possible, which is why we include features such as peer reviewing, faculty mentoring, and various levels of copy editing (where you will practice your knowledge MLA style standards and the author querying process). Throughout the year, you will gain knowledge of how to use the university’s Online Journal System, apply MLA standards, and peer review proposals as professional literary journals require.
- Can I act as a peer reviewer even if I wish to submit a proposal? Yes! You would simply edit another student’s proposal (for obvious reasons!).