Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Tower published articles that may discuss theoretical or empirical work, including, for example, experimental, historical, ethnographic, case study, and/or literary/cultural inquiry. The Tower strives to appeal to readers in academia and industry. Articles should be easily understood by bachelors-educated individuals of any discipline. Although The Tower will review submissions of highly technical research for potential inclusion, submissions must be written to educate the audience rather than simply report results to an expert audience in a particular field. Submissions of original research must be well supported by evidence, arguments must be clear, and conclusions must be logical. Fiction, poetry, and creative writing will not be accepted.


Section Policies


The longest and most in-depth of the submission types, articles represent the culmination point of an undergraduate research project, where the author addresses a clearly defined research problem from one, or sometimes multiple approaches.

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A dispatch is a manuscript in which the author reports recent progress on a research challenge that is relatively narrow in scope, but critical toward his or her overall research aim.

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A synopsis article is a detailed overview of an article already published in a professional, refereed journal (of which the author must be a co-author), specifically highlighting the parts the author was responsible for.

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A perspective reflects active scholarly thinking in which the author provides personal viewpoints and invites further discussions on a topic of interest through literature synthesis and/or logical analysis.

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Extended Abstracts

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News Articles

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Peer Review Process

After passing a preliminary check for 1) adherence to formatting standards and 2) submission of all required consent documents and supplementary materials, submissions typically will be blind, peer-reviewed by two student reviewers from related disciplines and one member of the faculty advisory board. A decision will be made at this state to accept the article, accept the article with revisions, or to reject the article.

Accept: If the manuscript is accepted, the Managing Editor of Submissions and Review will forward the manuscript to a faculty reviewer in the author’s field for review. The faculty reviewer will review the manuscript and return an additional review of the manuscript. Once Accept status is reached for a paper, it will remain in a queue to be reviewed by the Editor-In-Chief for final selection into the journal. Any articles with Accept status that are not included in the current year’s issue will automatically be considered “In Press” to be included in a future issue.

Reject: If the reviewers, Section Editor and the Managing Editor of Submissions and Review agree that the manuscript should be rejected, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision. The author is invited to resubmit the manuscript for another issue of The Tower, if still qualified at that time.

Accept with Revisions: Upon recommendation of Accept with Revisions, the Managing Editor of Submissions and Review will create a consolidated list of revision recommendations for the author and the author will be given two weeks to make revisions and resubmit to OJS. This process will be repeated until the Managing Editor of Submissions and Review, Section Editor and reviewers are satisfied that the paper is of publishable quality. The goal of this process is to revise the paper so that it is ready for production. Once Accepted status is reached, the final approved manuscript will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief to make the final decision of inclusion in the current issue.

Note: It is important to understand that a final status of "accept" does not necessarily mean that the Editorial Board will decide to include the article in the journal. There are many factors that will determine the articles actually published in the journal, and if the final set of accepted articles is not balanced to the satisfaction of the Editorial Board, accepted articles may be "held over" until the next year's issue.


Publication Frequency

The Tower is published biannually in online and print formats. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; however, in order to be considered for the upcoming issue, authors must submit their manuscript(s) and all supporting documents by the deadline set each semester.


Open Access Policy

The Tower is an open access publication.



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The Tower Copyright Policy

The Tower is published as an open access publication and may be distributed in any format, including the Internet. The journal will be preserved and made publicly available through the Georgia Institute of Technology's institutional repository, SMARTech (http://smartech.gatech.edu) and other open-access repositories. Authors retain the copyright ownership of the material and grant The Tower and the Georgia Institute of Technology first publication rights and a non-exclusive license to distribute and preserve this material for non-commercial, educational purposes.

The Tower is an official publication of the Georgia Tech Board of Student Publications and is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Georgia Tech Library and Information Center.