Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Recollection Historica is run by and for students. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Recollection Historica will be reviewed. Each author should understand that the submission will be blind-reviewed by student board reviewers who will recommend acceptance for publication. The final decision will be made by the Recollection Historica advisory board. Each author should certify that they have followed the accepted standards of scientific, creative, and academic honesty and ethics.

Please read the appropriate section and follow the guidelines.

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1. What Do We Publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope
*1.2 Categories

1.2.1 Humanities Research

1.2.2. Social Science Research

1.2.3. Reviews

1.2.4. Poetry

1.2.5. Expository Articles

1.2.6. Creative Writing

1.3 Make Your Article Discoverable

2. Editorial Policies

2.1 Review Policy
2.2 Authorship
2.3 Resubmissions

3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication Ethics
3.2 Plagiarism
3.3 Definition of Original Work
3.4 Reporting and Appealing
3.5 Publication Information & Contributor's Publishing Agreement

4. Preparing Your Manuscript

4.1 General Formatting
4.2 Graphs and Images
4.3 On Reference Style and Originality Guideline

5. Recognition & Awards

5.1 Fellowship
5.2 Author Benefits
5.2 Annual Grand Prizes

6. Submitting Your Manuscript




Our First Issue

1. What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope

Please ensure you have read the Aim & Scope page before submitting your manuscript to Recollection Historica.

1.2 Categories

1.2.1. Humanities Research

The primary focus of Recollection Historica is publishing humanities academic research done by high school students. The most fundamental feature of research is the generation of new information and knowledge. In the discipline of humanities, this might consist of literary authorship, which creates new knowledge in literature and arts, or scholarly research, which adds new knowledge by examining existing historical scripts, academic texts and records, and other cultural artifacts in the pursuit of scholar inquiry with a particular focus. The Journal of Recollection Historica highly encourages the submission of research on history or the historical aspects of other academic disciplines. History researches can be particularly broad–they can be not only about how and why things happened but also about historiography. Since humanities research can have various structures and styles, we do not have a specific structure or content requirement for it. Based on the information above, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) research-based historical analysis, (2) linguistic research, (3) philosophical research, (4) research in theology, and (5) research in literature. The recommended length is 1500-4000 words; we understand that some excellent papers can be longer than the upper bound of this scale, so the maximum length we accept is 8000 words.

1.2.2. Social Science Research

In addition to research in humanities, the Journal of Recollection Historica also values the submission of social science research. The humanities typically are classified as a field that is more critical and analytical, dealing with the study of humans and the works of humans; in other words, humanities research is mostly qualitative. The social sciences, on the contrary, utilize a more quantitative-based, scientific approach, essentially applying natural science methodologies to the study of humans in society. We strongly encourage submitters in this category to merge qualitative and quantitative approaches in their social science research papers. Subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) laboratory reports in psychology, (2) sociological research, (3) political science research, and (4) economics research. The Recommended length is the same as that of humanities research.

1.2.3. Reviews

The Journal of Recollection Historica recognizes the value of both research-based literature reviews and artistic critiques. Review papers can present a narrative explaining the existing knowledge on a topic based on all the published research available on the topic; document the search for the answer to a particular question in the existing literature on a topic; or compare and combine the findings of previously published studies to assess the effectiveness of a particular approach—analysis of those research findings is especially crucial in this third kind of review paper. Critiques provide insightful commentaries on a particular piece of literature, film, music, or artwork; the general structure and tone of critiques are less formal than that of research-based literature reviews. Based on the information above, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) literature reviews, (2) research reviews, (3) film reviews, (4) poetry reviews, and (5) artistic reviews. The recommended length is 1000-3000 words.

 1.2.4. Expository Articles

The submission of expository writing is highly encouraged. Expository writing, as its name implies, is writing that exposes facts. “Expository” means “intended to explain or describe something.” An expository essay provides a clear, objective, well-concentrated explanation of a particular topic, process, or set of ideas. This type of writing does not convey an argument or the writer’s point of view, nor does it intend to prove a point. It just gives a balanced view of its subject matter. The fundamental tone and writing style of expository articles are formal, but they also have to be easily understandable to the general public. Common topics of expository articles include facts in physics, biology, and environmental science. However, Recollection Historica only accepts expository articles that focus on the humanities and social sciences. As such, subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) historical accounts, and (2) explanation of humanities and social science concepts. The recommended length is 600-1800 words.

1.2.5. Poetry

“​​To be a well-favoured man is the gift of fortune; but to write and read comes by nature.”--William Shakespeare. The Journal of Recollection Historica puts high emphasis on poetry for enriching our publications. Poetry is a type of literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. The most defining characteristic of poetry is its unique structure. Both classical poems and free-style poems are acceptable, and we do not prefer one style over the other. Reveal your works, our dear poets! We are particularly looking forward to publishing poems that can ignite people’s passion for humanities and literature. The recommended length is 50-300 words.

1.2.6. Creative Writing. 

The Journal of Recollection Historica values the submission of all forms of creative writing. Creative writing, usually fictional, displays imagination, invention, and the subtlest aspects of humanity (often contrasted with fact-based academic or journalistic writing). The genre of creative writing has an extremely broad scope, ranging from the traditional screenplay and dramatic scripts to free-style personal memoirs. Please note that we do not consider poetry as a form of creative writing; if you intend to submit poetry, please refer to the poetry category. It was the great American writer Ernest Hemingway who said that there’s no rule on how to write. The creative writing category is the place where our world’s most brilliant writers can exert their full potential without being restricted by sophisticated rules. Subsections to this category may include but are not limited to: (1) novels, (2) short stories, (3) dairies, and (4) prose on any topic. The recommended length is 800-3000 words.

1.3 Make your article discoverable

We advise writers to think about the ways in which their works can be made discoverable. For research papers, the keywords and abstract are essential to attracting readers. For other types of works, the first few lines are critical. We wish every young writer can get the best resources to perfect their works. For general guidance on how to best title your article and how to prepare for post-secondary academic publications and beyond, please refer to How to Attract Readers by SAGE journal, a global academic publisher of books and journals.


2. Editorial Policies

2.1 Review policy
All submissions undergo a double-blind peer-review process, through which experienced student readers evaluate each paper’s coherence and contribution to the field. After two rounds of reviewing process, the finalists listed by the committee will go through a final evaluation via our professional advisory board staff. If selected, the work will be published in our next journal issue.
Recollection Historica prohibits the use of author-recommended reviewers in the review process. Reviewers are required to be objective and unbiased. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
• The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the authors or co-authors
• The reviewer is based on the funding body of the paper

2.2 Authorship
All personnel, institution, or parties who have contributed substantially to the work should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on an objective evaluation of the contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status and reputation in academia.

2.3 Resubmissions
Recollection Historica recognizes the efforts and dedication of each author. For works not selected by our reviewing committee and advisory board staff, we encourage the author to revise and resubmit their work in a future issue. If sufficient merit was noted during evaluation, but the work has small errors or problematic aspects, Recollection Historica may contact the author for relevant suggestions on improvements.

3. Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication ethics
The Journal of Recollection Historica is committed to upholding and promoting academic integrity. We encourage authors to refer to the integrity statement of any US university, such as click there.

3.2 Plagiarism
Work that is submitted to the journal of Recollection Historica must be original work created by the submitter. We take issues of copyright infringement and plagiarism seriously. The Journal of Recollection Historica puts every effort possible to protect the rights of our authors and we are committed to comprehensively investigating plagiarism accusations. We have a highly rigorous discipline in terms of violation of academic integrity. We evaluate each citation of every paper for adherence in content, degree, and tone to a reliable source. If any form of plagiarism or fabrication of information is found in the submitted work, the work will be returned immediately, and the author will be blacklisted by the journal. The only exception is unintended falsification; if the author reasonably explains the situation, the reviewing committee will consider removing the author from the blacklist. If published works are subsequently found to be plagiarized or include falsified or fabricated information, the work will be removed from the electronic journal, and the author will be blacklisted by the journal and the fellowship. By submitting the work, the submitter agrees to the Recollection Historica terms and regulations. Please carefully read our guidelines in this section to avoid potential violation of academic integrity.

3.3 Definition of Original Work
The journal of Recollection Historica defines an original work as one that is innovative and fundamentally different from what others have created. Understandably, authors sometimes create work that includes or references other published articles, essays, or literature innovatively. It’s important to note that the work has to be transformative to be considered original. Transformative work is a new work that includes crucial changes, comments on, or expresses the meaning that differs from the original source. Please view the following examples to get a more specific understanding of transformative works.

Some examples of transformative works include:
1. Criticism of an article that is published in the New York Times.
2. A novel based on the idea of the movie Green Mile but substantially changes the plotline, characters, and settings.

Some examples of non-transformative works include:
1. An oil painting that explicitly copies a pencil sketch that is created by another artist.
2. A poem that borrows the idea of another article and merely changes the arrangement of words.

3.4 Reporting and Appealing
If you suspect that a work submitted is not original or has been plagiarized, please contact Further investigation will be carried out to determine whether the work violated our principles concerning plagiarism and academic integrity. Due to privacy issues, you will not be informed of the process or the ultimate result of the investigation.
Authors may contact to appeal a decision or provide clarifications of their circumstances. Please note that it may take up to one month for the appeal to be reviewed and processed.

3.5 Publication Information & Contributor's publishing agreement
Recollection Historica uses a rolling admissions basis for accepting works. The listed deadlines of March 15th and September 15th are the latest dates considered for the subsequent Spring or Winter Edition. Authors whose works are selected for publication will be notified two-four weeks prior to issue release. 
Following publication, all rights revert back to the writer. However, if required, the author should credit Recollection Historica as the place where their work first appeared. Whilst the editing and reviewing team of Recollection Historica put forward all possible efforts in securing the fundamental quality of essay contents, neither The Journal of Recollection Historica nor its editors, publishers, or board assumes any form of liability, obligation, or responsibility for the completeness, usefulness, or accuracy of the facts, opinions, and statements made in the essays. Recollection Historica reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change the terms and conditions of this disclaimer.

4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
4.1 General Formatting
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word, while PDF files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and the font standard 12 points. The following information should be included in the manuscript.

(i) Full title (and subtitle, if any)
(ii) Author Introduction (50-100 words)
(iii) Abstract (for humanities and social science research)
(iv) Methodology (for experiment-based social science research)
(v) Information about the original work (for film, art, and music reviews)

To avoid potential inconveniences during the double-blind review process, we kindly ask you to remove any references that might disclose your identity. Authors of experiment-based social science research papers should pay particular attention to this; any biographical notes in the experiment’s graphs and images should be removed.

4.2 Graphs and Images
Writers are welcome to include graphs and images in their works if those supplementary materials help the reader to understand the writing, especially for research papers. There’s no additional guideline for graphs and images. Writers can just place them in the appropriate position of their works; our editors will do their best to maintain the original layout in the submission.

4.3 On Reference style and Originality Guideline
The Journal of Recollection Historica does not have a rigid requirement for citation style. Writers are allowed to choose the style that suits them best. Most submissions we receive use MLA, APA, or Chicago with endnotes. In addition to that, there is no formula for determining what percentage of others’ works is acceptable to use in works that are submitted. We advise authors to keep in mind that what’s more important is that the submitted work is an original idea. If you have any doubt regarding the originality of a piece of work, our advice would be not to submit that work.

5. Recognition & Author Benefits & Awards
5.1 Our Fellowship
Authors whose works are selected for publication are eligible to join the Recollection Historica fellowship. The benefits of joining our fellowship include but are not limited to the following:

1. Youths involved in the fellowship may attend our weekly seminars and curriculum programs, with topics including continental philosophy, identity politics, Platonic ethics, and Renaissance literature.
2. Authors may ask for specific guidance on humanities work from our professional advisory board through communication.
3. The author may apply to be one of our student first-round reviewers; this application will go through a demanding but more flexible process of reviewing. 
4. The author can choose to attend humanities sessions held by our advisory board faculties.
5. There are also opportunities for outstanding fellowship members to intern and join our leadership team.

5.2 Author Benefits
Authors whose works are selected for publication will receive an electronic copy of the issue in which their work has been published for free. The copy will be attached to an email that is sent to the author’s email address about one week after the official release of the issue. If you haven’t received the email two weeks after the official publishment, please check your spam folder before contacting us. If the issue persists, please email us at 

5.3 The Historica Gold Prize and the YuCheng’s Grand Prize
The Historica Gold Prize and the YuCheng’s Grand Prize are awarded on Nov. 30th annually. Every year after the official release of the winter issue, The Journal of Recollection Historica will announce the winner of both prizes. One cannot be awarded the two prizes simultaneously. The award winners will receive the electronic certificate of the award via email; we will try our best to mail the paper certificate, but this is dependent on the mailing address of the award winner.
The Historica Gold Prize is awarded to the best research paper in humanities and social science of the year. The research paper is judged based on the level of knowledge, use of evidence, the objectivity of writing, overall structure, and the work’s potential contribution to academia. 
The YuCheng’s Grand Prize is named after the founders of Recollection Historica, both of whom share the same first name in Chinese pronunciation. This prize is awarded to the most creative submission of the year. Inspired by our idea of initiating this journal project, we wish to use this award to ignite innovation, creativity, and most importantly, a love for writing. 

6. Submitting your manuscript
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. Please fill out and follow the instructions of the Submission Form. All deadlines are effective 11:59 PM EDT. If you wish to submit multiple works, please fill out multiple forms. A confirmation email should be anticipated after the registration team files your submission, this process may take 1-3 business days.