The Gold Star Journal (GSJ)
How did The GSJ get its name?
The founding editors wanted to honor academic excellence by referring to the gold stars that students receive for earning a 3.7 or higher gpa in a given semester.
What is the purpose of The Gold Star Journal?
The Gold Star Journal was founded as a way to provide additional recognition to Citadel students of a well-written research paper beyond the grade. Published authors can list this accomplishment on their resume for professional employment or graduate school.
When does The Gold Star Journal become available?
The Gold Star Journal becomes available for Corps Day, which occurs in mid-March.
Is The Gold Star Journal available electronically?
Each edition of The Gold Star Journal can be found on this web site, by clicking on Editions.
The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference (GSJAC)
What is the purpose of The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference?
The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference provides the featured authors the opportunity to speak about their paper to the greater Citadel community. The conference is attended by students, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, family, and friends. In 2016-2018, the lecture occurred as part of the Leadership Symposium. In 2019, the lecture was part of Student Excellence Day.
When does The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference occur?
The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference occurs shortly after Corps Day, once the journal has been published.
Is it possible to hear the presentations from previous conferences?
A recording of each conference is available on this site. Click on Lectures and then a year.
What class year are editors?
Editors can be any class year, from freshmen to sophomores to juniors to seniors.
Can only Gold Star students become editors of The GSJ?
Any Citadel cadet can become an editor of The GSJ.
How do students become editors of The GSJ?
Interested cadets should contact either Dr. Suzanne Mabrouk or a current editor.
When are editors selected?
Students may become editors at the end of the spring semester or the beginning of the fall semester.
How long can a student serve as an editor?
A student can be an editor for one or more years.
Authors and Photographers
What class year are authors or photographers?
Authors and photographers can be any class year, from freshmen to seniors, and graduate students, provided they have been accepted into a Citadel program and meet our other criteria.
Can only Gold Star students be published in the journal?
Any Citadel student, graduate or undergraduate, may be published in the journal. The journal was named in honor of the actual Gold Stars that cadets earn.
Nonfiction Paper Submissions
How do students write for the journal?
Students do not write for the journal. Students submit papers that they wrote for a Citadel course, study abroad program, or Washington program.
What types of papers does The GSJ accept?
The Gold Star Journal publishes nonfiction papers and photo stories.
How does a student submit a nonfiction paper to The GSJ?
Nonfiction papers should be submitted as Word documents on-line by clicking on Paper Submission, under Submissions.
How are nonfiction papers selected for publication?
All editors review nonfiction papers for clarity, depth, originality, organization, and writing. The editors select the best papers from different disciplines to show the broad spectrum of academic achievement across the curriculum.
Photo Story Submissions
What is a photo story?
Photo stories depict experiences mostly through photographs and minimal prose. The first photo story appeared in the 2019 edition. William Rasberry wrote this story about his trip to Costa Rica and his introduction to photography.
How does a student submit a photo story to The GSJ?
Photo stories should be submitted as Word documents with photographs on-line by clicking on Photo Story Submission, under Submissions.
How are photo stories selected for publication?
All editors will review submissions for originality, creativity, writing, and quality photography.
Photography and Artwork Submissions
What types of photographs or artwork can be submitted to The GSJ?
Tasteful photographs of anything can be submitted. Photographs of student artwork, life at The Citadel, study abroad experiences, scenery, animals, plants, etc. are appropriate.
How does a student submit a photograph or artwork to The GSJ?
Photographs (at least 300 dpi) should be submitted on-line on by clicking on Photograph Submission, under Submissions. Artwork should be scanned for best resolution. Photographs of artwork may be appropriate depending on the quality of the photo.
How are photographs and artwork selected for publication?
High quality photographs and artwork are selected for publication if they are unique, creative, historical, innovative, and/or memorable.
Deadlines and Notifications
When can students submit their work to The GSJ?
Submissions are accepted year-round.
When is the deadline for submissions?
Submissions are usually due the Friday after final exams end each Fall semester.
When are students notified if their work has been accepted for publication.
By the beginning of March, the editors will contact all students who submitted work since the last edition.
Funding and Donations
How is The GSJ funded?
From July 1996 through 2010, The GSJ was completely funded by The Provost’s Office. In 2007 and 2008, several textbook publishers provided some funds as well. Since 2011, the funds from The Provost’s Office have been supplemented with donations from Citadel alumni and friends.
On what does The GSJ use funds?
The majority of all funds are used to print the journal. Some funds support the annual Gold Star Journal Academic Conference. Since 2012, The GSJ has honored several of the published students. These awards have slowly evolved over time, as funds have been made available. The current awards include:
- The Boyd Family Distinction Award (previously The Best Overall Submission), $800
- The Best Undergraduate Submission, $600
- The Best Graduate Submission, $500
- The GSJ Distinction in Photography, $400
- The Best Photograph, $400 and
- The Best Oral Presentation, $600.
In Fall 2019, Dr. and Mrs. James F. Boyd, Class of 1971, established The Gold Star Journal Excellence Award. This award provides funds towards to the aforementioned Student Awards.
In addition to a check, each awardee receives a trophy. All authors and photographers receive a certificate of publication.
How can one donate to The GSJ?
If you would like to donate to The Gold Star Journal, please visit our Donations Page. We greatly appreciate all donations. We will use them wisely and responsibly. Thank you for your consideration and generosity.