FAQs and Policies


Pre-Submission Submitting Your Work Post Submission Legal Policies


Who Can Submit?

All work whose primary investigators, performers, or authors are undergraduate students may be considered for submission. The work must have been conducted or completed during the 2020-2021 academic year to be considered for publication. Co-authored works can be submitted, but all contributors should be undergraduate students enrolled at UHM during the semester when the work was completed. (The student author or authors may have graduated during the 2020-2021 year; work conducted while you were still enrolled is eligible.)

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General Submission Rules

All kinds of undergraduate work are welcome: research papers, creative installations, recitals, art projects, creative writing, exemplary reports, presentations, and other forms of scholarship can also be published in Horizons. If you submit a research piece, you must also submit an accompanying Abstract. If you submit a short story or poem, an image, audio, or video file, you must also submit an accompanying Artist Statement. Please follow the guidelines in the Information for Student Authors.

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What if I Worked with a Faculty mentor, Graduate Student, or Postdoc?

You need to discuss your intention to submit the work to the journal with your co-researchers and mentor. If some or all of the data you use is proprietary (if it is the product of a research project whose Principal Investigator is your advisor or other faculty), you may need to get written permission to publish the work from all concerned parties. It is possible to wait to publish your work on ScholarSpace until the data have been published elsewhere. The work that you submit to this journal, however, must be your own; we ask you to check a box confirming that all authors are undergraduate UHM students. For example, if you participate in a project in your mentor’s lab and you are a co-author on an article about that research, you cannot simply submit that article to Horizons. You must discuss your intention to publish your own written summary of the work with the project PI and other co-authors. You must obtain permission to publish the data your paper uses, if accepted to this journal (if requested, we will delay publication on ScholarSpace and/or the journal’s website until after the data are published elsewhere by the project). Once you have permission to do so, you write and submit your own (sole-authored, or co-authored with other undergraduate students who participated in the research) paper about the work to us.

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Is there any Charge for Submitting or Publishing my Work?

No, there is not. Horizons makes the scholarship it publishes freely available to readers around the world to download, read, cite, copy, print, search, and link to the work published in the print and online versions of the journal.

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Submitting Your Work

Formatting Requirements

Please see our Information for Authors & Artists for more details on the submission process

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Abstract or Artist Statement Guidelines

Research submissions must be accompanied by an Abstract. Creative submissions must be accompanied by an Artist Statement. Please see our Information for Student Authors & Artists for more details on the submission process.

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Submission Deadline

There will be two submission cycles for volume VI of the journal. The first submission cycle has a deadline of January 29, 2021. For works submitted by this initial deadline, student authors will have the option to revise and resubmit submissions not accepted during this first cycle. The second round of submissions are due no later than May 7, 2021. Students whose work is not accepted for publication during the second round do not have the revise and resubmit option.

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What Happens After I Submit My Work?

In both submission cycles, all student works undergo peer review by members of the Editorial Board. You can get a better idea of the stages of the submission, review, and publication in our timeline map. Reviewers' anonymous feedback is sent directly to the email provided by the student who submits the work online, along with the editorial decision. All works undergo substantial review before publication.

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What is a Review Decision

After your work has completed the peer-review process, an editorial decision will be made. There are four responses you can expect to see regarding the status of your work:

  • Accept: The piece is perfect and should be accepted as is. All submissions will undergo light copy editing, so very minor issues could be resolved in this process. (This is a very rare decision.)
  • Accept with minor revisions: The piece is nearly publishable, and with just a small amount of work will be of publishable quality. Authors who receive this decision will be guided by both the Editor and Student Advisory Board through the process of their revisions.
  • Major revisions required for acceptance: The piece has significant merit and is close to being publishable but there may be significant sections that must be rewritten or missing scholarship added in. Authors who receive this decision will be guided by both the Editor and Student Advisory Board through the process of their revisions. This is only an option in the January submission window.
  • Reject Submission: The piece is not publishable. We would still like to see detailed feedback to explain to the author/artist why the piece is not appropriate for Horizons. This may include issues such as organization, grammar, spelling, missing order, poorly analyzed data, plagiarism, and so on.

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What if I am Not Ready to Submit by the First Deadline?

If you are not ready to submit by the first deadline, you can submit to the next round at the time of the second deadline. However, if your work is not accepted for publication during the second round, you will not have the option to revise and resubmit. Thus, it is highly encouraged to make the first deadline.

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How Many Times Can I Resubmit my Work Between the First and Last Deadline?

All pieces will only be officially reviewed once.

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When Will I Receive my Review Decision?

For both cycles, you will receive your review decision within approximately four to six weeks of the submission deadline.

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Legal Policies

Rights for Authors and Kahualike

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Kahualike all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

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Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Kahualike, requires credit to Kahualike as copyright holder (e.g., Kahualike © 2021).

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Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Kahualike provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Kahualike website and/or software agree not to misuse the Kahualike service or software in any way.

The failure of Kahualike to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Kahualike and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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