Philosophy of Investigations: The Journal of Student Research @ IPFW

Investigations is a reviewed, open-access journal dedicated to the publication and dissemination of research, scholarship, and creative endeavor by IPFW students and their mentors. Investigations accepts submissions of research articles from any IPFW student or recent graduate (within 12 months of graduation). Each submission must be the original work of at least one IPFW student with at least one faculty mentor.

All submissions are blind reviewed by at least one faculty member from institutions of higher learning. All reviewers have expertise in disciplines closely related to those represented by the submission.


Investigations endeavors to:

  • Encourage and promote scholarly work and research by IPFW students,
  • Disseminate work by faculty mentors on student research mentorship, best practices, and related topics,
  • Provide students with learning experiences that will enhance their professional and academic development, and
  • Actively promote and disseminate the research, ideas, and creative concepts of IPFW students.

Submissions are accepted year-round; our goal is to have submissions reviewed within 4–8 weeks. However, the process may take longer depending on the availability of reviewers. As long as authors are actively engaged, accepted works can be prepared for publication quickly.

If you are interested in assisting with the journal or serving as a peer reviewer, please contact the editors at

Who Can Submit?

Any IPFW student, with the approval of their faculty mentor(s), may submit an original article or other piece to be considered for publication in Investigations provided he or she 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).

The project's faculty mentor should have guided the student during completion of the research project and must also be available for guidance during the manuscript submission and review process.

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published or 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, material submitted to Investigations should not be under review at another journal (electronic or print), and while an article is under active review, the author(s) will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print). If you have concerns about the submission terms for Investigations, please contact the editors. For full details on how to submit your work, see see the formatting and submitting guidelines.

Author Agreement and Faculty Mentor Approval Form

Authors must print and sign the Author Agreement and Faculty Mentor Approval forms. A student's faculty mentor must also sign the Author Agreement and Faculty Mentor Approval forms. 

Please drop off, mail, or email a .pdf scan of the signed and dated form to: 

Investigations: Student Research @ IPFW
ATTN: Cathleen M. Carosella, Managing Editor
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 East Coliseum Blvd.
Liberal Arts Bldg, 102
Fort Wayne, IN 46805


Image Credits

Authors are responsible for accurately citing and, when necessary, gathering permissions to use any images, charts, tables, graphs, and other visual elements.

Formatting Requirements

Investigations expects submissions to utilize the preferred citation style for the field or discipline. After acceptance, the author(s) and/or faculty mentor are expected to work with the managing editor to bring the piece into compliance with their disciplinary or otherwise chosen style format and the Investigations publication template. After acceptance of the article, the managing editor may contact you to discuss formatting.

Although Investigations and OPUS staff can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article (Word or RTF file) that can be converted to a PDF file. It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's portable document format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

Attribution and Usage Policies

As further described in our author agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Investigations copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below. 

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 Investigations, requires credit to Investigations as copyright holder (e.g., Investigations © 2015).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Investigations 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 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 university professor can have her article appear in her institutional repository or an 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 managing editor at

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Investigations website and/or software agree not to misuse the Investigations service or software in any way.

The failure of Investigations to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the author agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the author 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 author agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the author agreement constitute the entire agreement between Investigations and the author(s) regarding submission of the article.