The Hilltop Review

 

 

The Hilltop Review: a journal of Western Michigan University graduate student research is a publication of the Graduate Student Association. This peer-reviewed journal is intended to be interdisciplinary and provides a venue for sharing scholarly and creative activities of graduate students at Western.

The current issue of The Hilltop Review: Fall 2016

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About The Hilltop Review

The mission of The Hilltop Review is to introduce graduate students at Western to the publication process through the submission of their work to a peer-reviewed journal that is edited and produced by their peers. It also affords students an opportunity to participate in the publication process as reviewers and to manage the publication with the support of the Graduate Student Association, Editorial Board and select faculty members.

The Hilltop Review publishes papers and works of art and creative writing that, as a result of a rigorous review process, have been identified as notable contributions to their individual fields of study. is a project conceived and sustained by the Graduate Student Association. It offers a sampling of the original and significant findings obtained by graduate students in the course of formulating their theses and dissertations and in completing their coursework in anticipation of these culminating projects. From origin to completion, The Hilltop Review has been directed by Western graduate students.

The Hilltop Review is shared with our University community and interested readers beyond our community as both a print journal and an electronic journal that is easily accessible online.

Meet our Editorial Board

Editor: Zahra Ameli Renani, department of counselor education and counseling psychology

Zahra is a Master's student in the department of counselor education and counseling psychology majoring in marriage, couple, and family counseling. She received her B.S. in Social Science- Research from the University of Tehran, Iran. Ameli has two years of experience as a research assistant working in the Cyberspace Policy Research Center in the department of World Studies at the University of Tehran. She has been working in the Western's office of International Student Activities as an Outreach Coordinator/intern since Summer 2015.

Now, Ameli is glad to have the chance to serve Western graduate students as the Director and Editor of The Hilltop Review journal. She hopes to make meaningful progress in promoting the scholarship of graduate students here at Western.

 

Editorial Board:

Rebecka Straple, PhD. student in English literature, department of English, Director and Editor of the Hilltop Review (2014- 2016) 

Erin S. Lynch, Master's student in medieval studies, Medieval Institute

Hannah G. Pankratz, PhD student in geosciences, department of geosciences

Sita Karki, Ph.D student in geosciences, department of geosciences

Seán Patrick Geizer, Master's student in philosophy, department of philosophy

Dweepobotee Brahma, PhD student in applied economics, department of economics

Anna Alioto, Master's student in anthropology, department of anthropology

 

 

Archived issues of The Hilltop Review are available in PDF format on ScholarWorks. For physical copies, please contact the Editor.The Hilltop Review archive

Most downloaded papers

Each article published in The Hilltop Review is available in PDF format on ScholarWorks. We're proud to feature our ten most downloaded papers below!*

"Academic Achievement of Children in Single Parent Homes: A Critical Review"
Mark S. Barajas

"The Study of Ink Pigment Dispersion Parameters"
Lokendra Pal and Paul D. Fleming III

"Skype: An Appropriate Method of Data Collection for Qualitative Interviews?"
Jessica R. Sullivan

"Max Steiner and the Music of Casablanca"
Coralin Davelaar

"The Myth of Racial Superiority in Sports"
Ian B. Kerr

"Trust, but Verify: Reagan, Gorbachev, and the INF Treaty"
William D. Watson

"Re-visioning White Nudes: Race and Sexual Discourse in Ottoman Harems 1700-1900"
Jennifer M. Black

"Viking Age Arms and Armor Originating in the Frankish Kingdom"
Valerie Dawn Hampton

"Thinking and Feeling: The Influence of Positive Emotion on Human Cognition"
Mark S. Barajas

"Legal and Ethical Considerations for Social Media Hiring Practices in the Workplace"
Andrew S. Hazelton and Ashley Terhorst

* Based on the average number of full-text downloads per day since the paper was posted.

Submission guidelines

Spring 2017 Call for Papers

The submission deadline for PapersBook Reviews, Creative Works, and Artworks for the spring 2017 issue is February 12, 2017.

Papers

The Hilltop Review: a journal of Western Michigan University graduate student research accepts submissions from any current Western graduate student. Every paper received will be submitted for a peer review by a graduate student. Those papers recommended by the peer review process will then be reviewed for publication by an Editorial Board composed of Western graduate students.

All submitted papers should meet the following guidelines:

  • Please double space your papers and use Times New Roman with 12-point font. Papers should be between 12 and 20 pages (not including references).
  • Submit two separate files – a title page and the main body – when you submit your paper. The title page should contain your name, department, graduate school, and contact information (phone and email address). To facilitate blind review please do not put your name anywhere else on the document.
  • The main body document should have the title of your article centered at the top of the page. Do not put your name on this document. This page should be numbered “1” and every page through the references should be consecutively numbered. Place the number in the center position on the bottom of the page.
  • Although your paper should be written using language that is accessible to those outside your field, do write in a style that is appropriate to your field, using standard conventions regarding figures and references. Be sure to explain technical terms and abbreviations where necessary.
  • Papers should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or rich text format. Authors should submit here in ScholarWorks by clicking the "Submit Article" link in the left navigation. First time visitors will have to create an account.
  • Any question regarding submissions for the summer 2017 issue may be directed to the editor, gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu.

Submissions to The Hilltop Review should not have been published elsewhere. However, students who wish to submit research for publication elsewhere (e.g., to another journal) should check the guidelines of the relevant publication. In some cases, publishing your work in The Hilltop Review may be against the policies of other publications.

Creative work

The Hilltop Review also accepts submissions of creative writing from any current Western Michigan University graduate student. Every piece of writing received will be submitted for a peer review by a representative faculty member and a graduate student. Those pieces recommended by the peer review process will then be reviewed for publication by an Editorial Board composed of Western graduate students.

All submitted creative pieces should meet the following guidelines:

  • Please double space your papers and use Times New Roman with 12-point font. Creative works should not exceed 20 pages.
  • Submit two separate files – a title page and the main body – when you submit your piece. The title page should contain your name, department, graduate school, and contact information (phone and email address). To facilitate blind review please do not put your name anywhere else on the document.
  • The main body document should have the title of your piece centered at the top of the page. Do not put your name on this document. This page should be numbered “1” and every page through the references should be consecutively numbered. Place the number in the center position on the bottom of the page.
  • Pieces should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or rich text format. Authors should submit here in ScholarWorks by clicking the "Submit Article" link in the left navigation. First time visitors will have to create an account.
  • Any questions regarding submissions for the summer 2017 issue may be directed to the editor, gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu.

Submissions to The Hilltop Review should not have been published elsewhere. However, students who wish to submit creative works for publication elsewhere (e.g., to another journal) should check the guidelines of the relevant publication. In some cases, publishing your work in The Hilltop Review may be against the policies of other publications.

Artwork

Any Western graduate student may submit images for consideration, regardless of whether or not they submit an article for publication in The Hilltop Review.

All submitted artwork should meet the following guidelines:

  • Electronic images are preferred. Standard formats that are accepted are TIFF, JPG, PNG, GIF, and PSD. Artists should submit here in ScholarWorks by clicking the "Submit Article" link in the left navigation and following the steps as if you are uploading an article or document. First time visitors will have to create an account.
  • If an electronic copy of your image or artwork is unavailable, a high-quality scannable print copy is also acceptable. Please send the print copy via intracampus mail to the GSA Office in the Graduate College at mailstop 5242. Your original will be returned to you via intracampus mail or, if you prefer, you may pick it up from the GSA Office in the Graduate College located on the second floor of Walwood Hall.
  • Please provide a brief description of what your submission depicts and how it relates to your graduate work at WMU, as well as the title of your submission.
  • Any questions regarding submissions for the summer 2017 issue may be directed to the editor, gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu.

By submitting artwork or photography to The Hilltop Review, you agree that there are no copyright restrictions on the image that you submit and that it may be published in the hard-copy edition of The Hilltop Review as well as on The Hilltop Review's website in any form.

Book reviews

The Hilltop Review accepts book reviews from any current Western Michigan University faculty member or graduate student in any of the university’s programs. Reviewers should avoid prejudice for or against the author, the subject, or the methodology of the work they are reviewing. Personal conflicts should certainly be avoided.

All submitted book reviews should meet the following guidelines:

  • Collections of essays, digital works, monographs, and books may be reviewed.
  • Reviewers should be fair to the author and to the work, and the peer reviewers and Editor of The Hilltop Review reserve the right to reject reviews that do not meet standards of competence and fairness to the author or work.
  • Reviews should provide a clear description of the content of the book, the author’s method, and the author’s purpose; fair and honest critical judgment of the book’s strengths and weaknesses; and an evaluation of the book’s importance to the field.
  • Please double space your review and use Times New Roman with 12-point font. Reviews should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Although your review should be written using language that is accessible to those outside your field, do write in a style that is appropriate to your field, using standard conventions regarding figures and references. Be sure to explain technical terms and abbreviations where necessary.
  • Reviews should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or rich text format. Reviewers should submit here in ScholarWorks by clicking the "Submit Article" link in the left navigation. First time visitors will have to create an account.
  • Any questions regarding submissions for the fall 2016 issue may be directed to the editor, gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu.

Submissions to The Hilltop Review should not have been published elsewhere. However, students who wish to submit book reviews for publication elsewhere (e.g., to another journal) should check the guidelines of the relevant publication. In some cases, publishing your work in The Hilltop Review may be against the policies of other publications.

Letters to the editor

The Hilltop Review accepts letters to the Editor from any current Western Michigan University faculty member or graduate student in any of the University’s programs. Letters should be composed as thoughtful responses to articles published in the previous issue. Letters will be evaluated by the Editorial Board.

All submitted letters should meet the following guidelines:

  • Letters should not exceed 500 words in length.
  • A cover page containing your name, department and graduate college, and contact information (phone and email address) should be included with your submission.
  • Submission should be made online. Letter writers should submit here in ScholarWorks by clicking the "Submit Article" link in the left navigation. First time visitors will have to create an account.
  • Any questions regarding submissions for the spring 2015 issue may be directed to the editor at gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu


Awards

The Hilltop Review awards scholarships to three article authors, an artist, and a creative writer each issue. The Editorial Board ranks each article during a double-blind review process, and the prizes are awarded as follows:

Articles

First prize: $500
Second prize: 250
Third prize: $150

Artwork

$250 and the piece featured on the cover of the issue

Creative writing

$250

In the event of a tie between the Editorial Board members, the general body of the Association will vote to decide the winner.

Congratulations to the winners of the fall 2016 issue!

Receiving a $500 prize for First Place Paper, Scott Lemons, for “The International Business Risk of Terrorism: A Pragmatic Framework for Assessing its Impact on the U.S.-Based, Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprise's Supply Chain Operations"

Receiving a $250 prize for Second Place Paper, Daniel J. Patten, for “The Uncatchable Crook: Pursuing Effective State Crime Control

Receiving a $150 prize for Third Place Paper, Keli Masten, for “Hawthorne's American Gothic: A Blackness Ten Times Black

Receiving a $250 prize and the placement of his artwork on the cover for Best Artwork, Raed Salih, for “Hilltop.”

 

Peer reviewers

Are you enthusiastic about graduate research and writing?

Are you considering a career in writing, publishing, or academia?

Do you have experience in editing or reviewing scholarly articles?

Are you interested in gaining editing experience?

If so, we are pleased to inform you that The Hilltop Review is looking for additional individuals to serve as copy editors and reviewers of future submissions. Any current Western graduate student may self-nominate to serve in one of these positions. Please send any questions about our editing process as well as any nominations of copy editors and/or reviewers to gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu. To self-nominate, please send a short cover letter and CV to gsa-hilltop@wmich.edu.

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