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Editorial Board

Dr. Patrick Hare, Editor-in-Chief (Chemistry)

Dr. Linda Dynan (Economics)

Dr. Deb Chilcote (Nursing)

Dr. Kobena Osam (Org. Leadership)

Dr. Kalif Vaughn (Psychology)

Noel Baker (student editor)


Nýsa seeks to publish the best of undergraduate and student research from NKU. It provides an outlet for outstanding contributions from students in all fields, with special emphases on fields lacking in discipline-specific venues, research that spans several disciplines, and research that is smaller in scope but still tells a complete story.

ISRCA recognizes that research outcomes occur in a variety of sizes, and wants to highlight contributions of all magnitudes. ISRCA also recognizes that publication is a vital part of the research enterprise, and students should have the opportunity to participate in it. In addition to writing and revising their work, Nýsa seeks to engage
students in the review process. Editors will seek out faculty reviewers in the area of expertise and students in the same field.

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2021 Call for Submissions

Nýsa seeks submissions for its third issue to be published in Fall 2021. Submissions will be accepted continuously through early fall, but to facilitate review, we ask for submissions to be made by May 18th. Current students and recent graduates (within six months of graduation) from any discipline are encouraged to submit the following:

Articles should be between 2000 and 5000 words. An abstract (150 – 300 words) should be included. Sections laying out an introduction and motivation, including a hypothesis or problem statement, methods, discussion, and references should be included. Figures and tables are welcome. See the Formatting section for more details. The Journal’s broad audience requires that  submissions be understandable by undergraduates. Technical topics and jargon should be thoroughly explained.

These are shorter, typically 1000-1500 words, and are for projects that have a posed question and conclusions but are not comprehensive enough to warrant an article. They follow the same structure as Articles.

Reviews should be no more than 5000 words. An abstract should be included, with the rest of the text following typical formatting for the discipline.

All submissions should include a cover page which lists the authors (in the case of multiple student authors, the contributions of each author should be stated explicitly), their majors, the faculty mentor, the title of the work, and lead author contact information. A contract signed by the authors and mentor is also required at the time of submission. Submissions should be made at by May 18th. Submissions received after this time will be accepted, but review may be delayed over the summer.

Questions regarding any aspects of the submission process can be addressed to  

Formatting Guidelines

Word (.doc or .docx) should be used, with standard formatting for the discipline (MLA, Chicago, American Anthropology Association, American Chemical Society, etc.). Names and other identifying features should only appear on the cover page so as to permit double blind review. If accepted for publication, the original files of figures (preferably in a high resolution format like .eps or .tiff) will be required. 

Review Process

The first review should always be by the faculty mentor prior to submission.Submissions will be read by a member of the editorial board and if basic quality standards are achieved, sent to a faculty member who is in the field and
a student reviewer. Reviews will be completed, comments on the document
itself will be generated, and the reviewer will return a decision of ‘publish-as-is,’ ‘publish-following-revision,’ ‘revise-and-resubmit for review,’ or ‘do not publish.’ The editorial board member will then make a final determination and return their decision to the author, along with the reviews. Every effort to complete the review process within two months will be made. Should revisions be necessary, the editor will work
with the author and mentor to guide them through the revision process.


Authors retain the copyright of their material and retain the ability to publish it elsewhere. The Journal reserves the right to reproduce and reprint published material for instructional and promotional purposes. Potential authors should be aware of their mentors’ plans, if any, to include their work in other publications, which may have restrictions regarding prior publications.