Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

"The Post: Lakehead University’s Undergraduate Research Journal" is an interdisciplinary, open-access, research journal that is both for and by the students of Lakehead. There are two primary goals of this publication. The first goal of "The Post" is to give every student an equal opportunity to submit their research/ideas/essays/papers to a peer-reviewed panel for potential publication.
The emphasis will be put on encouraging students to pursue their academic extracurricular research through a partnership with the LUSU club “Digging Deeper: Lakehead University's Student Research Club”; however, articles that originated as in-course academic assignments will be accepted as well. Only undergraduate students at Lakehead University can submit articles for potential publication.
The second goal of "The Post" is to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion and topic comprehension. Too often in university students find themselves unable to learn about the topics that interest them outside of their chosen major. Not only will The Post open up the boundaries between topics for discussion but it will also allow students to learn new information from other subjects in an easily accessible way.


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Peer Review Process

The peer review process for "The Post" is a double-blind process, meaning that neither the students who submit their papers, nor the students who read their papers know who each other are. These papers are received by the Editor-in-Chief and all of the names, possible identifiers, course codes, etc. are removed and replaced by a number which corresponds with the student who sent the essay in. Once the paper is anonymous it is sent out to the members of the editorial panel (approx. 10-20 members) for the first survey. After the panel has had adequate time to take a look at the submission a meeting is called and the paper is discussed at length. The panel is sent back with the paper one more time to make sure they did not miss anything before reconvening a second time to discuss changes. Once all the changes have been discussed the Editor-in-Chief assures that all the suggestions/edits/changes are collected onto one copy of the submission, that all authors have been removed from the paper again, and drafts an email explaining and discussing the need for the changes and any other constructive criticism that the editorial panel thought was necessary before sending the paper back to the student who submitted it.

Typically, this process can take up to 3 or 4 months however, ideally, authors will know if their work has been accepted into the journal after 1-2 months. Seeing as the journal is run by students, keeping the timeline short can occasionally be a difficulty.

Reviewers are asked to judge submissions based on the following guidelines:

1) Level of academic merit
2) Level of originality and ingenuity
3) Accuracy and factuality
4) Accurate use of quantitative and qualitative data
5) The use of appropriate academic language
6) Ethics approval (if required for the paper)
7) Grammar (mechanics)
8) Spelling

Reviewers are recruited from the undergraduate student body based on their level of academic merit and degree of interest. "The Post" strives to have a diverse review panel that draws from all faculties of study.



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Advisory Board

Members of Advisory Board

  • Dr. Scott Pound. Associate Professor, Department of English, Lakehead University Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

    Dr. Pound studies the impact of new media on literary culture from the point of view of avant-garde poetics. He is interested in the ways writers have been adapting the way they write to accommodate media change. It is by virtue of these adaptations, he suggests, that literary culture continues to develop in the post-print era. “By degrees, literary culture has become a hybrid of old media (literacy) and an assortment of new media procedures, both analog and digital,” he writes.

    The book that Dr. Pound is now completing, On Speech: Intermedia Poetics and the Reinvention of the Literary, examines the way literary culture has tied itself to new media as part of a project to reimagine print literacy and the literary. Dr. Pound contends that by studying the ways new media change our comportment to writing, we come across an unlikely but important discovery: attempts to refashion textuality as a vehicle for speech are a big part of what drives innovation in twentieth (and perhaps twenty-first) century literary culture.

    In 2015-16, Dr. Pound received The Distinguished Teaching Award, Lakehead’s most prestigious teaching honour, and the Building Research Capacity Award. He also founder and editor of the scholarly journal Amodern, Dr. Pound has been invaluable in facilitating the transition of The Post from compelling idea to the series of emails and meetings that has resulted in the publication of this first issue.

  • Dr. Antony Puddephatt. Chair, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Lakehead University.

    As well as his duties as Department head, Dr. Puddephatt is active in supervising MA students across a number of research areas. These include topics in social pragmatism, symbolic interactionism, and related schools of interpretive theory. He is also interested in ethnographic and qualitative research, both from a theoretical angle (addressing methodological debates, modes of theory-building, etc.) and an empirical one (guiding students on their own field research projects, content analyses, etc.). He has a keen interest in the sociology of knowledge and ideas, the sociology of sociology, issues in higher education, and the sociology of science and technology, all of which ask how the form and content of ideas are shaped by a host of cultural, institutional, political, micro-sociological, and organizational factors.

    Dr. Puddephatt remains interested in serious leisure cultures, including how these cultures are structured and organized, and how the meanings they generate help constitute and sustain members’ individual and collective identity. His PhD dissertation examined the social theory of George Herbert Mead, and he has published a number of articles that consider how Mead's thought is relevant to modern theories of meaning, language, social action, science and technology, and social problem-solving. He also has a developing interest in the sociology of environment, technology studies, and the broad theme of human-nonhuman relations. With collaborators from University of Toronto and McMaster University, he is principle investigator on a SSHRC funded project to investigate the rise of open-access scholarly publishing in Canada.

  • Taylor Price. Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

    Mr. Price is interested in the sociology of knowledge and the sociology of media. His research has mostly focused on how groups of people develop knowledge in online environments. He is currently completing research on the experiences of editors publishing open access journals in the social sciences and humanities for his Master's thesis.

    Mr. Price received the Outstanding Graduating Student Award in 2014 presented by the Canadian Sociological Association.