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 one year after graduation—can submit their papers and other projects for possible publication.

Acceptable Genres: Access* accepts submissions of student work in a variety of genres, including original case-studies, research papers, personal essays, field notes, theses chapters or capstone papers. We hope to showcase the good work done by students, and will welcome papers written for any course, major or discipline.

Submission Deadline: This year’s submission deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017. Works received after the deadline may be considered for publication in the following academic year. Students who submit work to Access for consideration for publication must be available over the summer to make any needed 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 them with evidence. ACCESS* does not publish previously published material. All submitters should be aware that revisions will likely be required and must be willing to take part in the process. Any papers not revised as requested by reviewers will be denied publication.

Submission Format: Manuscripts should be no longer than 20 pages (excluding notes, graphs, pictures, and reference pages) and include an abstract (a summary of the project’s essential material) of 150-200 words, accompanied by five keywords (search words other researchers can use to find the submission’s main topics). Any papers longer than 20 pages in their original format must be edited for both length and content.

  • All submissions should use their discipline’s standard citation conventions (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago) and convert any footnotes to endnotes.
  • Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word files, be double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font, include a reference page(s), Please do not include page numbers. PDFs will not be reviewed.
  • Finally, all parts of the submission (e.g. title page, works cited, abstract, etc.) should be included in a single Microsoft Word document.
  • 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 that the submission falls under. Please include these in the application form on Digital Commons, making sure that only the title appears on the submission itself. If you wish to submit multiple works, please send each submission separately. Be sure that the author’s name does not appear on the paper or file title; Use the paper’s title as the file name.

    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.

    Acceptance: All submissions will be anonymous to the editors. The review process usually takes about two months, after which authors are notified of their acceptance or rejection via e-mail. Each submission will receive one of the following decisions: Accept, Accept with Revisions, Revise and Resubmit, or Reject. ACCESS* will publish papers on the condition that the author agrees to make revisions proposed by the editorial staff.

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

    Editors reserve the right to request additional information from authors and make changes as necessary.

    Our intent is use Digital Commons to offer ‘open access’ to student work, by making it available on the public internet. The type of access will allow for wide distribution and readership, making it possible for the public to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.” (Budapest Open Access Initiative,

    Digital Commons content is fully-indexed and searchable, meaning that our journal, and the student work it contains, can gain a world-wide audience. Authors of these publications will have access to information about how their work is being read—and by whom—all around the globe. Digital Commons can also increase visibility of student scholarship though a network of Commons sites, such as the Undergraduate Research Commons—itself made up of numerous sites dedicated to specific genres, disciplines, or subject areas.

    And having our own Student Journal will also give, not only students, but the university itself a greater digital footprint—extending both our reach and our reputation.