Quest Policies


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Before Submission

Because the publication process provides a learning opportunity for students, a faculty member in the appropriate discipline must agree to mentor the student through the publication process before submission.

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Who Can Submit?

Lead (first) author must be a Collin College undergraduate student or recent alumni. All submissions must be mentored by a Collin College faculty member or a sponsoring member from the Collin alumni’s current institution. Quest will accept up to two submissions per Collin College student but will only potentially publish one per calendar year.

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General Submission Rules

  1. An abstract (150-400 word count limit). The abstract will include minimally (1) thesis, research question, or related statement, (2) research methodology/ideology, and (3) general findings/determinations/initial conclusions. Students will copy and paste the abstract into a text box as part of the submission process.
  2. The manuscript/paper. Manuscripts must be submitted without a title page, abstract, page numbers, headers, footers, or table of contents.
  3. Author biographies. Upload a separate file which includes short biographies (no more than 100 words) for each author to be published with the article. Please include your year of school (e.g., sophomore) and your major/discipline. List the authors in order of authorship of the manuscripts.
  4. Students will submit their manuscript/paper to the DigitalCommons@Collin submission page.

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Formatting Requirements

Manuscripts should be uploaded in .doc format (Microsoft Word), using 12 points font. Write your article in English. Page margins should be 1 inch, without page numbers. Manuscripts should be double-spaced. A manuscript longer than 3000 words needs to be approved by the editor. References and appendices (if applicable) are not counted in the word count limit.

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Rights for Authors and DigitalCommons@Collin

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to DigitalCommons@Collin 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 DigitalCommons@Collin, requires credit to DigitalCommons@Collin as copyright holder (e.g., DigitalCommons@Collin © 2024).

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Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from DigitalCommons@Collin 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 DigitalCommons@Collin website and/or software agree not to misuse the DigitalCommons@Collin service or software in any way.

The failure of DigitalCommons@Collin 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 DigitalCommons@Collin and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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