University of Washington Tacoma

Access*: Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Research and Scholarship


Who Can Submit: Both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as recent alumni up to a year past graduation, can submit papers and other projects for possible publication in ACCESS*.

Acceptable Genres: ACCESS* accepts submissions of student work in a variety of genres, including personal narratives, original case-studies, research papers, field notes, thesis chapters or capstone papers. However, with UW Tacoma’s Tahoma West literary journal already focused on such writing, we do not accept papers written for creative writing courses.

Submission Deadline: This year’s submission deadline is Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST. Works received after the deadline will be considered for the next issue. Students who submit work to ACCESS* for consideration for publication must be available over the summer to work on necessary revisions.

Submission Criteria: ACCESS* publishes scholarship that persuasively extends or revises the existing research in its subject area. Successful papers clearly articulate their arguments and support those arguments with evidence. A successful paper will also situate its topic for a more general audience than it may have been originally intended for and situate its topic within a larger academic context. ACCESS* will not publish previously published material, but will accept new material from its previously published authors. All submitters should be aware that revisions will likely be required and must agree to take part in the process that will happen over the summer months. Any papers not revised as requested by reviewers will be denied publication.

Submission Format: Manuscripts longer than 25 pages (excluding notes, graphs, pictures, and reference pages) may not be accepted. Submissions must include—on a separate page—a 150-250 word abstract, followed (on a separate line) by five keywords. Any papers longer than 25 pages in their original format should be edited for both length and content prior to submission. If you'd like to discuss how to best edit for length, please contact the TLC for an appointment with one of our editors.

  • All submissions should use their discipline’s standard citation conventions (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago) and any endnotes must be converted to footnotes.
  • Manuscripts must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file, be double-spaced using 12-point Arial font, and include a reference page(s). Please include page numbers, centered in the footer. PDFs will not be reviewed.
  • Finally, all parts of the submission (e.g. abstract, works cited page(s), etc.) should be included in a single Microsoft Word document. li>
  • Remove all personally identifying information and any cover pages; the system will create cover pages for each published paper. Use the paper’s title as file name
  • Please do not include any content in your submission which you do not have rights to use, and always give proper attribution. ACCESS* takes plagiarism very seriously.
  • How to Submit: Please submit your work via the Digital Commons submission form. Submission should also include the author’s name, telephone number, submission title, and the discipline written for, in the Digital Commons application form, making sure that only the title appears on the submission itself. If you wish to submit multiple works, please submit each separately.

    Multiple Submissions: Although ACCESS* will only publish one submission per author in each of its editions, authors may submit up to three papers each submission cycle.

    Review Process:All submissions will be considered on the condition that the author agrees to revisions proposed by reviewers. Papers will be subject to a double blind review by the ACCESS* review board—made of up faculty, librarians, writing center staff and peer tutors. The initial review usually takes about two weeks, after which authors are notified of their acceptance or rejection via e-mail. Each submission will receive one of the following decisions: Accept with minor revisions, Major revisions required for Acceptance, Revise and Resubmit, or Reject. After this initial review, authors will have approximately two weeks to revise according to instructions, before a second round of reviews begins, with a final decision given on completion of that second round. Editors reserve the right to request additional information from authors and make textual changes as necessary, including authors in this process as much as possible. Final proofreading and editing will be done by the ACCESS* editor and assistant editor(s), with a final read-through offered to authors before publication during the first weeks of fall quarter.

    Republishing: Any work published in ACCESS* may be reprinted later in another publication, provided that ACCESS* is properly recognized as first publisher.

    ACCESS* is housed within the Digital Commons network, and offers ‘open access’ to student work through the public internet. All content on the ACCESS* site is fully indexed and searchable, meaning that our journal and the student work it contains, can gain a worldwide audience. Authors will receive regular information about how their work is being read—and by whom—through the Digital Commons system. Digital Commons also increases the visibility of student work though a network of Commons sites, such as the Undergraduate Research Commons—itself made up of numerous other commons sites dedicated to specific genres, disciplines, or subject areas, giving the journal and our student authors, as well as the university itself, a greater digital footprint and extending both its reach and its reputation.