FromKALB — Stonehouse Academic Journal accepting submissions to be considered for publication from now until January 31.
The academic journal began five years ago at NIU and was founded by Lenora Murphy. Stonehouse was created to give undergraduate students a chance to have their work published in an academic journal. Stonehouse is sponsored by NIU’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter, according to Stonehouse’s website. Sigma Tau Delta is a International English Honor Society.
“She (Murphy) just wanted to start right away celebrating the work of undergraduates who have written really, really good essays,” said Brenna Bretzinger, the current editor of the Stonehouse Academic Journal. “Unfortunately, at many colleges, undergraduate work cannot be published in academic journals, and she really wanted to change that here at NIU.”
The journal seeks to publish professional academic essays with a focus on the humanities or liberal arts and science in general. The word count for articles is between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
“It’s pretty much open to any type of major,” Bretzinger said. “You don’t have to be a specific year in school or have any kind of specific. You can submit anything from philosophy to anthropology to a classic English article.
People who submitted their work will know by mid-February whether it has been accepted, Bretzinger said. They will receive an email shortly after the decision is made indicating whether they have been accepted or rejected.
Stonehouse Academic Journal has 11 students and is looking for others to join.
“If you want to work for Stonehouse, I think it’s a really, really good opportunity to get a taste of both the publishing world and the publishing and publishing world,” said Bretzinger. “It’s a technical skill that you can use. These are things that you use in your classroom and learn, and sometimes you don’t always have the opportunity to test in a real-world quote.
Colin Kempsell, editor, contributed to this story.