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Exigence

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Philosophy of Exigence

The journal will accept a limited number of submissions so as to showcase only exemplary works. Assessment of submissions will follow a rubric developed by the editorial board emphasizing cogency of argument, originality of argument, rhetorical aptitude, logical consistency, sound arrangement, appropriate style, and correctness in grammar and mechanics. For more information, please see Exigence Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Only active VCCS students should submit to Exigence, provided provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted. To qualify as an active VCCS student, one should be registered for at least one class in one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges in the semester that the Call for Papers is sent.

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General Submission Rules

All submissions must be submitted to Exigence digitally by the original author. Essays submitted by an instructor on behalf of a student will not be accepted. Students are allowed to submit up to three (3) research essays to Exigence for each issue, but all work should be original work from the semester of the Call for Papers.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor 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, by submitting material to Exigence, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Exigence. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Exigence, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Exigence has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect 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.

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Rights for Authors and Digital Commons @ VCCS

All articles are copyrighted in the year of publication with rights reserved by both the original author and the Virginia Community College System. No portion of the journal may be reproduced without the written permission of the Editor-in-Chief. All views expressed in Exigence represent the original authors and not the views of the editorial board or the Virginia Community College System. As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Digital Commons @ VCCS all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

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 Digital Commons @ VCCS, requires credit to Digital Commons @ VCCS as copyright holder (e.g., Digital Commons @ VCCS © 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Digital Commons @ VCCS 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 (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), 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 Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology 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 editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons @ VCCS website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons @ VCCS service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons @ VCCS to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission 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 Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons @ VCCS and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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