About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Constellations is a student-run, student-written, and student-reviewed undergraduate journal, using a traditional peer-review system common to academic journals. Constellations strives to provide a forum for young historians and classicists to have the experience of writing for an academic journal. In order to maximize the number of opportunities for undergraduate students to have their work published, Constellations is very broad in its scope and will accept papers on any topic that is historical or classical in scope, even from non-history or classics courses. Submissions are accepted from all of the University of Alberta campuses: Main Campus, Augustana and Campus St. Jean, and may be in either French or English.

We are looking for 3XX and 4XX level papers that received a minimum of an A- grade.

Peer Review Process

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The peer-review system is a method used by academic journals to best ensure that the articles published are academically rigorous and well written and well researched.  Once the author submits their paper, the editor reviews the paper to determine a minimum of two reviewers to read the manuscript.  These reviewers do not know who the author is, nor does the author know who reviewed the manuscript.  This ensures that the reviewing process is as unbiased as possible.  After the reviewers have reviewed the manuscript, they will determine whether the manuscript should be rejected, accepted with major adjustments, or accepted with few to no adjustments.  The  reviewed manuscripts are then returned to the author so that they can make any changes they see fit before submitting the manuscript once again. 

At a review meeting (once a semester), the final decisions regarding which manuscripts to include in the current issue will be made. Any final adjustments and corrections will then be made, after which the issue will be published! This high level of reviewing and editing means that deadlines must absolutely be followed, at risk of manuscripts not being not be included in the journal.

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If you have questions about submissions or are interested in becoming a reviewer, please email: ugradj@ualberta.ca

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.