About PSRJ

PSRJ is an annual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed publication of research articles written primarily by Paine College students and, by well-qualified students at other institutions from all academic fields. The mission of PSRJ is to encourage, recognize, reward intellectual activity beyond the classroom, and provide a forum for the exchange of research and ideas. As an interdisciplinary journal, PSRJ encourages students’ interest in research by displaying samples of what they studied and thus facilitating communication of knowledge between the disciplines to achieve a holistic effect. PSRJ is published electronically on the web annually.

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Instructions for Authors

PSRJ encourages students to submit papers for consideration. Papers may represent a full range of research design, including experiments, surveys, case studies, and documentary research. Themes of research may include, but are not limited to, integrative, cross specialization research, service learning research, and traditional specializations research. The primary author of a submitted paper must be a student. See Guidelines for Submissions

The following criteria is used in reviewing papers for publication.
  • Relevance to the field
  • Justification for the study
  • Subject mastery & originality
  • Technical mastery
  • Logical organization
  • Appropriate documentation
  • Consistent use of style manual (Based on the disciplines)
For questions or concerns, please email etetteh@paine.edu

Editorial Advisory Board


Dr. Edem G. Tetteh, CSTM, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Board Members

Department of Academic Affairs and Education
Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Department of Academic Affairs
Dr. Emily Allen Williams, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Education
Dr. Steven L. Thomas, Dean, School of Professional Studies

Department of Humanities
Dr. Eronini Egbujor, Assistant Professor of French

Department of Education
Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Assistant Professor Psychology/Foundations

Department of Business
Dr. Michelle Harris, Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Department of Education
Dr. Kevin Brooks, Assistant Professor of Education

Department of Humanities
Dr. Belinda Wheeler, Assistant Professor of English

Department of Media Studies
Dr. Gary Flannigan, Chair, Department of Media Studies

Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology
Dr. Emily Prince, Assistant Professor of Biology

Student Representative
Student Editor for Propaine Newsletter

Student Representative
Student Editor for Paineites Newsletter

Guidelines for Submissions

Manuscripts may be 1000 - 3500 words or longer. All papers are written according to the guidelines prescribed for authors in the discipline represented. When human subjects are used, a statement must be included to indicate institutional Internal Review Board (IRB) approval of the research.

Research Manuscript

Includes an abstract and clearly defined sections of problem statement, methodology, data collection and analysis, findings, and concluding remarks. Although the specializations vary, the standard format of the body of the manuscript includes:
  • Abstract: an abbreviated summary of all major parts of the manuscript.
  • Introduction: description of the problem, reviews the literature, and states the objectives and hypotheses of the research.
  • Method: includes the research design, the sample, data collection, procedure, and approach to data analyses.
  • Results: the findings.
  • Discussion : discusses the findings and their significance (distinguishing between facts and speculation/interpretation), summarizes, and gives recommendations.
  • References: includes only sources of the citations in the manuscript.
  • Tables and Figures – These are permissible but they should supplement, not duplicate, the text.

Research Paper

Explores a topic, issue, or position to draw conclusions, make suggestions, and may propose hypotheses. This type of paper does not require research by the author but should address a problem or issue that will supplement or expand the literature. Although the specializations vary, the standard format of the body of the paper includes:
  • Abstract: an abbreviated summary of all major parts of the paper.
  • Introduction: justification of the importance of the topic, issue, or position and a description of the objectives of the paper.
  • Discussion: a presentation of the literature review and drawing conclusions.
  • Summary: reiteration of the topic, issue, or position; gives recommendations, and may suggest hypotheses.
  • References: includes only the citations in the paper.