Research Journal

Curiosity: Interdisciplinary Journal of Research and Innovation

Curiosity is an open-access journal published online once a year by students and faculty at Utah Tech University. There are no submission fees.

Submission Guidelines for Spring 2021 Issue

Curiosity seeks manuscripts that highlight innovative and research-based practices from across a range of subjects. Readers of this publication represent a wide variety of disciplines, so it is important that the work is appropriate for a broader audience. Therefore, in order to get published, we ask that you thoroughly explain concepts with which readers outside your discipline may be unfamiliar. This requirement does not entail that you have to sacrifice the academic rigor of your work. Your article must be original; however, we will accept multiple submissions and previously published work (with the written consent of other publishers). It is the author’s responsibility to obtain consent for republication and to submit this document along with the work to be reprinted.

All participants of the Regional Research Symposium are invited to submit

1. Appropriate Submissions

The welcome high-quality, blinded manuscripts (4,000 to 6,000 words in length, including all references, figures, tables, and elements) with related citations and references that are formatted according to the APA conventions. We will consider book reviews but not creative writing (for publication of creative works consult Southern Quill and/or Route 7

Manuscripts will be evaluated on their originality, significance, scholarship, audience appeal, organization, and clarity of writing.

2. Preparing Your Manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to . Use the subject line: RESEARCH JOURNAL SUBMISSION in all CAPS.

Manuscript file

  • The article manuscript file must be provided in DOCX format with all comments and edits resolved/accepted. We will not typeset a manuscript that still contains review markup.
  • Section headings should be formatted in the manuscript with the appropriate level of heading (H1, H2, etc.) instead of stylized (bold/italic) paragraph formatting.
  • Paragraphs should not be indented.
  • Text should be double-spaced in 12 point font.


  • APA


  • Footnotes must be formatted as footnotes in the document to ensure proper conversion during typesetting. These should not be provided as stylized paragraph text (superscript).
  • Please don’t add extra formatting to footnote text or numbering (e.g. do not put periods after the footnote number).


  • Figures must be provided in JPEG/JPG or PNG format and should be included in the main article body, not as separate files. We will not convert file types or redraw figures. Files uploaded separately will be treated as Supplementary and will not be typeset.
  • Figures with sub-parts must be supplied as one figure that contains all sub-parts appropriately labeled.
  • The title and description of each figure should be included in the manuscript.
  • All figures should be supplied with at least 300dpi for the best resolution in the published article.


  • Tables should be embedded inside the main DOCX file. Tables must be editable, cell-based objects.

Text formatting guidelines for tables

  • Use only separate cells, ordered lists, or unordered lists to separate content within the same cell into individual lines. Do NOT use spaces, tabs, html tags, or line breaks inside a table.
  • Symbols indicating statistical significance should appear in the same cell as the value and should not have their own column.
  • To highlight individual values in tables, you may use boldface type, italic type, or a single color of shading (note: the shading color is standardized so will not exactly match what you provide). Do not use multiple colors of shading, underline, or font size to highlight values in tables. Do not use color to indicate meaning.
  • Text color is limited to black.
  • Justification of the text will be followed as provided.

* Disclaimer: Curiosity will try to reproduce your table as provided. If the table provided does not meet the above guidelines, our typesetters will make minimal changes to structure the table correctly. If needed, a typesetter from Scholastica Publishing will contact the corresponding author to suggest changes or request re-formating the table following these guidelines or convert the table into a figure.

Supplementary files

  • Supplementary materials (e.g., data sets, examples, or materials) will be available for download but will NOT be shown within the main body of the article. Files may be submitted in most common extension types (e.g. PPTX, XLSX, CSV, etc.).

NOTE: The authors are responsible for submitting files in correct format/s and following all of the above guidelines. The editorial team cannot provide technical support on manuscript formatting.

2.1. Readability

  • Write your article in first person to enhance readability. Avoid unnecessary use of passive voice.

2.2. Author Information

  • Include your name/the names of your co-authors and contact information in a separate file titled BIO_Last Name
  • For manuscripts with multiple authors, indicate the corresponding author
  • Provide a 100-word professional bio for each author (include school, degree, professional/research interests, publications/presentations)

3. Required Elements

The following elements must be included:

  • Abstract of 100-150 words, written in third person and without citations.
  • One blinded copy of the manuscript. To prepare this version, remove author names and affiliations from bylines, replace references to your own and to coauthors’ published work simply with “Author (year)” in text and in reference list (that is, delete publication titles), and mask any city, state, institutional affiliation, or links to personal websites.
  • STUDENTS: A review statement from your mentor indicating that your work is original, fulfills the standards of the discipline, and is free of factual errors (see form below).

3.1. Optional elements:

  • Permission to republish (see form below).

Email Olga Pilkington at if you have any questions. Include RESEARCH JOURNAL QUESTION in the subject line.


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Phone: 435-879-4488

Office: HCC 488