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Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal
 
 

What is Explorations?
How often is Explorations published?
How can I read Explorations?
How can I support Explorations?
How can I join Explorations?
How can I be published in Explorations?
Who can submit to Explorations?

How do I submit to Explorations?
How many submissions are allowed by one person or team?
What are some common mistakes that people make when writing their proposals or sidebars?
Can I submit a Creative Work that can't be printed, such as a musical or dance piece?
When will I know if my submission has been accepted or not?
If my work does not get accepted, can I submit again next year?
Can I submit my undergraduate proposal to Explorations after I have graduated?
How do I become a faculty reviewer for Explorations?
Proposals Myths and Facts

 

What is Explorations?

Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal is a student-run journal guided by faculty and administrators that selects and publishes student-authored articles of general interest in any area. Articles are submitted in a two-stage process: first, proposals for articles are reviewed by faculty-student teams; secondly, the resulting full-length articles undergo a second round of peer review. Acceptance to the journal is competitive—less than 20% of submitted proposals are accepted. Recently published articles have been from a wide range of academic fields: music, creative poetry, forensics, cancer biology, astrophysics, nanomedicine, computer algorithms, business, geosciences, sociology, aerospace engineering, and cultural anthropology.
 

How often is Explorations published?

Explorations is published annually in the Fall. Typically a new volume will be release in the month of November. The publication process of recieving, reviewing, selecting, and editing the articles that make it into the journal is a year long process to ensure the highest quality of writing and content to represent Texas A&M University. 
 

How can I read Explorations?

To read Explorations now, please visit our Current and Past Issues page to read the journal online. For a physical copy of the journal, please email us at explorations@tamu.edu.
 

How can I support Explorations?

Explorations accepts online or check donations through the Texas A&M Foundation. To donate online ($25 min.), please visit the Foundation's Give Now form and enter Explorations Journal Acct. #510025-38000 in the Gift Fund Name or Number field. To donate via check, please pay to the order of:

Texas A&M University
ATTN: Explorations Journal Acct. #510025-38000
401 George Bush Dr.
College Station, TX 77840

How can I join Explorations?

Our Board has a Call for New Members at the beginning of each fall semester. We accept undergraduate editorial board and marketing and design team members with a few graduate student reviewers each year. More information about how to apply will be announced at the beginning of each academic year. To meet our current board members, please visit the Editorial Board page.
 

How can I be published in Explorations?

Students will need to submit a Proposal or Creative Work via our online Submission Application. If your proposal is provisionally accepted, you will move on to round two of the submission process and provide a full lenght article to the board. For more information on the Submission process, please see our Submissions page. If you are unsure of your eligibility to be published in Explorations, please email us at explorations@tamu.edu.
 

Who can submit to Explorations?

Explorations publishes undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative works done by undergraduate students who have worked underneath a Texas A&M faculty member. They need to be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a Texas A&M University campus at the time of research and submission. 
 

How do I submit to Explorations?

;More information on how to submit can be found on our Submissions page, however the link to submit is not ready to be released at this time. For more information, please email us at explorations@tamu.edu.
 

How many submissions are allowed by one person or team?

Only one submission per person is allowed for Creative Works. 
 

What are some common mistakes that people make when writing their proposals or sidebars?

One of the most common mistakes that a student can make when writing a proposal or sidebar is using too much technical jargon. Remember that this is a interdisciplinary journal for a general audience, any necessary technical jargon must be defined. Another common mistake is going to indepth into your topic; in a proposal, we look for how your work affects the bigger picture, why it is important and how is it relevant? In a Creative Work Sidebar we look for pieces that describe the influence and purpose behind the creative work, the styles and techniques that go into making it, and why you chose the topic. Make sure to be concise in your writing while remaining accessible to our departmentally-diverse board and audience.

Can I submit a Creative Work that can't be printed, such as a musical or dance piece?

Yes! We accept audio and video files as well as PDFs! Just make sure to include a link to the piece online so that our Board can review it. For an example of a published audio piece, see Volumes 5 and 6 on our Current and Past Issues page ("Only Human" Vol. 5; "My Blank Song Sheet" Vol. 6).
 

When will I know if my submission has been accepted or not?

We send out provisional acceptances for round 1 of Proposals and Creative Works in February. After Proposals have been accepted, they will be invited to write a full-length article. Final acceptances will be sent out in late-March to begin the editorial process. Note that any acceptance into the journal is provisional depending on author involvement. 
 

If my work does not get accepted, can I submit again next year?

Yes! As long  as you are an Undergraduate at Texas A&M at the time you submit, you are allowed to resubmit the following year! Unfortunately, if you submit as a senior and are not accepted, you cannot re-submit to be published in the next volume.
 

Can I submit my undergraduate proposal to Explorations after I have graduated?

Unfortunately,  you may not submit to Explorations after you have graduated, even if you completed the research or creative work within your undergraduate career at Texas A&M University.
 

How do I become a faculty reviewer for Explorations?

Proposals and Articles
Check out Proposal/Article Reviewer for details about what to expect from the process, including our reviewing timeline. If you are interested in becoming a proposal/article faculty reviewer for Explorations, please enter your information and reviewing preferences at http://tx.ag/ZOFujm3 (preferred), or email us at explorations@tamu.edu, no later than Wednesday, January 27. In the registration, you will have the opportunity to tell us your areas of expertise, and select if you want to review proposals, articles, or both.

Creative Works
Check out Creative Reviewer for details about what to expect from the process, including our reviewing timeline. If you are interested in becoming a proposal/article faculty reviewer for Explorations, please enter your information and reviewing preferences at http://tx.ag/eskgtvb (preferred), or email us at explorations@tamu.edu, no later than Wednesday, February 10. In the registration, you will have the opportunity to tell us your areas of expertise, and select if you want to review proposals, articles, or both.
 

Direct further questions to the Explorations Editorial Board at explorations@tamu.edu.

Proposals Myths & Facts

Myth: Research is only for science and engineering majors.
Fact: Research can be done in any field.

Myth: Explorations only publishes graduate students’ work. There are no publishing opportunities for undergraduates.
Fact: Explorations highlights undergraduate research and creative works.

Myth: I must have already finished my research to submit a proposal.

Fact: Your research can be finished, in progress, or even theoretical.

Myth: Explorations is only read by students.
Fact: Explorations is read by students, faculty, and even prospective employers.

Myth: I have to pay to publish my work.
Fact: Explorations is sponsored by LAUNCH and the Association of Former Students at no cost to you or the readers.

Myth: Explorations only publishes scholarly work.
Fact: Explorations publishes research AND creative work.

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