The Vermont Connection

Submission Guidelines

The Vermont Connection publishes articles dealing with student development, professional development, administrative concerns, and creative programs to improve student services. Manuscripts should focus on: original research; replication of research; reviews of research/literature; essays on theoretical, organizational or professional issues; reviews of current literature relevant to the field; or practical reports of experiences from the field.


Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in TVC provided he, she or they owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to TVC, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he, she or they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at TVC. If you have concerns about the submission terms for TVC, please contact the editors. The Vermont Connection Executive Board will be responsible for all publication and editorial decisions.

Style Guidelines

TVC has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission.

Manuscripts must be clear, concise, and interesting with a well-organized development of ideas. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition should be followed for reference style and general guidelines.

  • Double space all material, including references, quotations, tables and figures. Leave extra space above and below sub-headings and use margins of one inch all around each page.
  • Because manuscripts are processed through an anonymous review system, they should contain no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation (with the exception of a separate title page as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition). Where appropriate, institutional identification will be inserted after acceptance of the manuscript.
  • Research manuscripts should total no more than 4,500 words including references, figures, and tables. Shorter articles are accepted and encouraged.
  • Original research (literary, qualitative, or quantitative) is encouraged. All such work should be applicable to the student affairs profession.
  • Field reports should not exceed three (3) pages (approximately 600 words in length). They should briefly report on or describe new practices, programs, or techniques. Authors should supply additional background information for interested parties who may request it.
  • Dialogues/Interviews should follow the manuscript guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. They should take the form of verbatim exchange, oral, or written, between two or more people.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references, quotations, tables, and figures. Authors should make every effort to ensure that such items are complete and correct.
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in one of the following formats: high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format), Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or RTF. Documents not submitted in PDF format will be converted to PDF.

Rights for Authors and UVM ScholarWorks

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

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 UVM ScholarWorks, requires credit to UVM ScholarWorks as copyright holder (e.g., UVM ScholarWorks © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from UVM ScholarWorks 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 History professor can have her article appear in an online UVM archives exhibit); 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 UVM ScholarWorks website and/or software agree not to misuse the UVM ScholarWorks service or software in any way.

The failure of UVM ScholarWorks 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 UVM ScholarWorks and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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