Clocks and Clouds is an American University undergraduate research journal that publishes articles on the cutting edge of political science, international relations, and public policy. The journal is meant to add a voice to the intellectual dialogue both within the American University community and in broader academia. Popper's metaphor of clocks and clouds describes the two ends of the spectrum of predictability in social science: clouds represent the disorderly and irregular, and clocks represent the predictable and rational. By providing a venue for top undergraduate research, Clocks and Clouds aims to find the clocks amidst all the clouds.
How can I join Clocks and Clouds?
Clocks and Clouds recruits staff and editorial reviewers. Staff appointments are made in April for the following semester, and will be announced when open. Appointments to the editorial review board are made on a rolling basis until the submissions deadlines. Staff and reviewers range from freshmen to seniors, with varied research backgrounds. Interested students can find more information here and apply for staff and reviewer vacancies here.
How can I submit an article?
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21th at 11:59pm attached as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file. The Clocks and Clouds submissions guidelines can be viewed here. Papers must be between 4000 and 8000 words, follow the Chicago Manual of Style with parenthetical citations, and have a title page and 200-word abstract. Submissions must be by current American University undergraduate students or by undergraduate alumni within one year of graduation.
Why should I submit an article?
Publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an excellent resume builder for graduate schools and research jobs, and a way to share ideas with the university community. Working on the editorial process as an author, editor, or reviewer allows you to fine-tune valuable research and writing skills.
How is the Journal produced?
Interested participants submit their original research articles to the journal. A panel of student reviewers assesses and edits submissions anonymously and provides feedback to authors. After submitted articles are revised, the editor selects the articles that the journal will publish. Is getting an article published difficult? Clocks and Clouds is a selective publication that aims to publish distinguished articles. However, our reviewers work closely with authors to turn good articles into great ones. Authors who are passionate about research and can commit time to the review process should not hesitate to submit.
How can I learn more?
Clocks and Clouds maintains an official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/auclocksandclouds. Follow us to receive regular new and updates and spread awareness of the journal. For other questions, email the Editor in Chief at email@example.com