LOGOS is directly governed by a Managing Editor, Chief Editor, and Associate Editors. MSU faculty oversight of the project is the responsibility of The Director of the Honors College (Dr. John Chuchiak) and the other members of the Faculty Review Board.
But that is not the extent of the journal's editorial framework. Because LOGOS accepts submissions from every academic discipline, new student and faculty reviewers from different departments are always needed. To be eligible to become a peer reviewer or editor, you must be a current member of the Honors College, but all undergraduate students are welcome to submit.
The Reviewer System
Students and faculty designated as reviewers will play crucial roles in the operation of the journal, although they play no direct role related to journal policy and governance. Every submission that passes the initial Student Editorial Board review is sent to a Faculty and Student Reviewer. Via email, one faculty member and at least two qualified undergraduate will review the submission. The group will then recommend that the submission either be accepted, accepted with revisions, or rejected. The comments and suggestions from both Faculty and Student Reviewers will be sent to the author of the submission for revision. Both Student and Faculty Reviewers are acknowledged for every issue in which they participate.
For example, if LOGOS received a paper entitled "The Effects of Economic Globalization on Sub-Saharan Africa," the editors might have the paper reviewed by an experienced Economics professor and two student majoring in some supporting discipline, such as Economics, Sociology, Political Science, or African History.
Duties of Associate Editors
Each Associate Editor is assigned to lead a small team of peer reviewers. (The size of teams depends entirely on the number of existing peer reviewers, but a typical size ranges from 3-5 people, including the Associate Editor.) Associate Editors distribute submissions to their reviewers and are responsible for collecting reviews from them. Associate Editors also act as mentors for trainees by
Duties of Peer Reviewers
Typically, student reviwers meaningfully contribute to the journal by reviewing papers. The workload depends entirely on the amount and type of submissions that are received by LOGOS. Additionally, student reviewers are encouraged to submit papers of their own and promote LOGOS amongst their peers. In rare cases, exceptional student reviewers might be asked to fill in on the Editorial Board.
Duties of Trainees
Trainees attend reviewer meetings and are encouraged to complete reviews to build their reviewing skills. After the completion of one publishing cycle, trainees will be instated as Peer Reviewers.
Duties of Faculty Reviewers
The chief responsibility of faculty reviewers is to assist the Editor in promoting the journal within the Missouri State University community and in their specific departments. When reviewing a submission, a faculty reviewer is expected to use his/her knowledge of publication within a specific field to a) determine if the work is of publishable quality and b) offer suggestions for revision. Additionally, faculty reviewers are also encouraged to co-author research with their undergraduate students, keeping in mind that the emphasis of the journal necessitates that the undergraduate student serve as primary author.
How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming a Student or Faculty Reviewer, or have any questions about our editorial policies, please fill out the Peer Reviewer Application and send it to Logos@missouristate.edu. We are eager for you to join us on this exciting project.