The Southwest Journal of Arts and Sciences (SJAS) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal housed within University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico. Its purpose is to foster and promote quality research in the liberal arts and sciences by aspiring and seasoned scholars alike. An entirely electronic journal, SJAS is published through ProQuest One Academic.

Under the direction of its editorial board, all articles accepted into SJAS have passed through a double-blind peer reviewed process by scholars holding terminal degrees in that specific field. While each respective author’s thoughts and statements remain his or her own and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or positions of the editorial board of SJAS or University of the Southwest, the peer-review process ensures that such work has been assessed for quality.

As an interdisciplinary journal, SJAS publishes quality research in the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.), social sciences (psychology, counseling, sociology, anthropology, history, etc.), and the humanities (religion, philosophy, literature, etc.). Prospective authors should focus on original research and theory development and may include both quantitative and qualitative inquiry. It is encouraged that interested authors submit inquiries to the respective managing editor prior to writing to ensure fittingness of the topic.

All articles within SJAS must be between 2,000 to 5,000 words (excluding title, abstract, and reference pages). Any articles below or above that word count must be approved by the respective managing editor. Furthermore, all articles must be set in Times New Roman 12 point type and conform to the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual of Style 6th Edition. While minor corrections and suggestions will be made by the respective editors, all authors should ensure their submission is of highest quality both in what it affirms as well as how it is written. All authors must hold a terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, be working towards a terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, or work in collaboration with an individual with a terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

By submitting an article to SJAS, the author transfers copyright and associated rights of the article to SJAS. Any permissions requested for an article published through SJAS must be sought and approved through the General Editor. Further, though the author transfers copyright of said article to SJAS, SJAS licenses back to the author rights of posting to the author as long as proper credit is given to SJAS.

Authors submitting to SJAS verify by nature of their submission that their submitted article has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration. Authors submitting to SJAS further verify that they have secured all necessary copyright permissions for the use of 3rd-party materials in their manuscript. Finally, all authors submitting to SJAS declare that this is their original work, and it has been written by the stated authors without any evidence of plagiarism.

All manuscripts should be submitted as a MS Word document and include a title page with the author/s name and institutional affiliation and an author note that contains the name, department, institutional affiliation, and role of each author (if not affiliated with an institution, city and state should be listed). The author note should also include the first author’s physical address and email. In addition to the original manuscript, please attach a copy of the submission that does not contain the author/s information for the blind review process.

The editorial team is currently accepting submissions for a Fall 2020 publication. Please allow up to 60 days from the date of submission for notification of editorial decision.

SJAS reserves all rights; copyright ©2019. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the General Editor (except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law). For permission requests, write to the General Editor.

To submit an article for review or to inquire about publication, please contact the specific managing editor:

Yusheng Wu, Ph.D.
Managing Editor of Hard Sciences
Professor of Biology
University of the Southwest

Christine McNichols, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC
Managing Editor of Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Counseling
University of the Southwest

Danny Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Managing Editor of Humanities
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Christian Studies

For general enquiries about SJAS, please contact the General Editor, Richard Trout, at