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Frequently Asked Questions

The Gold Star Journal

The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference

Editors

Authors, Photographers, and Submissions

Deadlines and Notifications

Selection Criteria

The Gold Star Journal, Funding, and Donations


 The Gold Star Journal

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 appear in print or electronically?

The Gold Star Journal is available for Corps Day, which occurs in 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 All Editions.


The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference

What is the purpose of The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference (GSJAC)?

The Gold Star Journal Academic Conference provides the featured authors the opportunity to speak about their paper to the greater Citadel community, which usually includes students, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors, family, and friends.  This event has occurred as part of the Leadership Symposium (2016-2018) and Student Excellence Day (2019).

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.


Editors

How do students become editors of The Gold Star Journal?

Any Citadel student may become an editor.  Interested students should contact either Dr. Suzanne Mabrouk or a current editor. 


Authors, Photographers, and Submissions

How do students write for the journal?

Students do not write for the journal. Students submit papers that were written for a college course (Citadel course, study abroad program, Washington program, or semester away).

Can only Gold Star students be published in the journal or serve as editors?

Any Citadel student, graduate or undergraduate, may be published in the journal or serve as an editor, regardless of level of academic achievement. The journal was named in honor of the actual Gold Stars that cadets earn. 

What types of papers can be submitted?

The Gold Star Journal publishes nonfiction papers and photo stories.

What is a photo story?

Photo stories depict experiences mostly through photographs and minimal prose.  The first photo story appeared in the 2019 edition.  It was a story about William Rasberry's trip to Costa Rica and his introduction to photography.

What types of photographs can be submitted?

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 one submit a paper to The Gold Star Journal?

Nonfiction papers and Photo stories should be submitted as Word documents on-line on our web site by clicking on Paper Submission

How does one submit a photograph to The Gold Star Journal?

Photographs (at least 300 dpi) should be submitted on-line on our web site by clicking on Photograph Submission


Deadlines and Notifications

When can students submit papers and/or photographs?

Students may submit papers and/or photographs year-round.

What is the deadline for submissions?

Submissions are due by the day after final exams end in the Fall semester each academic year.

When are students notified if their work has been accepted for publication?

By the end of February, the editors will contact all students who submitted work since the last edition.


Selection Criteria

How are 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.

How are photographs selected?

High quality photographs are selected for publication if they are unique, creative, historical, innovative, and/or memorable.


The Gold Star Journal, Funding, and Donations

How is The Gold Star Journal funded?

From July 1996 through 2010, The Gold Star Journal was supported by The Citadel Foundation through The Office of The Provost. In 2007 and 2008, several textbook publishers provided some funds as well. Since 2011, the funds from The Citadel Foundation have been supplemented with donations from Citadel alumni and friends. If you would like to make a donation to support The Gold Star Journal, please visit our Donations Page.

On what does The Gold Star Journal use funds?

The majority of all funds are used to print the journal. Since 2012, financial awards have slowly evolved.  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 make a donation to The Gold Star Journal?

If you would like to make a donation to support The Gold Star Journal, please visit our Donations Page. We greatly appreciate donations.

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