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Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines


The article must be related to the opening of the commercial space frontier and NewSpace.  That includes experiments/research conducted in space, spin-ins and spin-outs from current space technology, projects designed to go to sub-orbital (60 Kilometers) or beyond, and new ideas or developments within the space industry.  We accept the Kármán line (100 kilometers from sea level) as the separating point between Earth and space.

Submission categories include: Scientific (research paper), Business (industry analysis, business plans, etc), or Artistic (visual art or short stories).

Types of articles are:


These papers are encouraged to be forums raising issues or debates of certain fields related to the journal, which could include theory, methodology, ethics, nomenclature, statistical analysis or law.

            Research and Review Reports

Research reports should have both quantitative and qualitative data.

Reviews are encouraged to address fundamentals in relation to how or what developments in NewSpace or the commercial space frontier are doing and provide new insights into the field they cover.

Examples are:

                        Using satellites to monitor/research objects on Earth’s surface

                        Market applications for point-to-point sub-orbital space flights

                        Legal implications of off-Earth mining

                        Development/research of a new technology

                        A business plan for a commercial space company

                        Visual art depicting scenes of the cosmos

                        A short story depicting a space mining company.



Articles must be in MLA format and plagiarism is not tolerated.  If plagiarism is found, the article will be dismissed immediately.  All sources must be sited and other authors/contributors must be listed.  Single space, Times New Roman, font size 12.



The GSCSS Student Journal selects submissions for peer review from articles addressing a wide variety of topics related to space.  Prospective authors do not need to have any form of membership with GSCSS, they must only be a student at a high school or university or between the ages 14 through 26.

Plagiarism is not tolerated; any articles which have plagiarism will be discarded immediately.

            All sources must be cited according to MLA format.

            All authors/contributors must be listed at the end of the paper.

            Age Restrictions: 14 - 26

The corresponding author must have contributed to the article in the development, research, or analyzing of the article topic.

The article may be no longer than 10,000 words.  10,000 is acceptable, 10,001 words is unacceptable.

There is no minimum length for the article, as, if the paper accurately represents the project, work done on the project, all sites and contributors cited and represented properly, then the paper is acceptable.

The paper must be submitted three weeks before the journal is published.  Follow the Student Journal page or GSCSS News to stay current with when all the due dates are.



The submitted article should be in black and white (figures, images, text, etc.), as all Student Journal publication are published in black and white.  It is important to stick with one form of person (i.e. first, second, or third person); preferably articles will be kept in third person, however this is not mandatory and the corresponding author should be the ultimate authority on what best represents their work.  The checklist below gives guidance on particular points within the paper that the author should check before submitting in order to present the intended meaning of the article.

Use third person

Use active voice when possible

Use numerals in series (for placing items in rank order or if all items listed carry equal value)

Do not anthropomorphize unless needed or part of a quote

Use quotation marks for dialogue or quote materials

Use present tense for explaining the writing; for example: “this paper will explain”… instead of “this paper explains.”

Use past tense for reviews 

Avoid contractions, unless used due to quotes

Avoid run-on sentences



Title Page: The title page should contain the name of the article, any contributing members of the article, and the abstract.  The title should appear first, centered on the page, Time New Roman font, size 14.  The contributing members should appear below the title, in Times New Roman font, size 12.  The abstract should appear below the contributing members, in Times New Roman font, size 12.

Abstract: Abstracts should be attached with the article and uploaded as an addition attachment within the same folder as the article.  Abstracts should analyze the results, purpose, and importance of the article being submitted.

The abstract must not be longer than 150 words.

 References should not be cited in the reference

Reframe from using acronyms or abbreviations

As in the article, use numerals for any listed items.

Key Words: Key words will be a few, identifying words from your article.  These should be words that the author(s) would want attributed to the article and are used for quick identification or reference of the article.  Key words must be submitted in a document separate from the article, however can be sent in a folder paired with the article.

Text:  All papers must be in MLA format, with single spacing.  The font type must be Times New Roman, or another, corresponding type face, and the font must be size 12.

Equations: The corresponding author of the submitted article is responsible for equations being rendered correctly.  Equation will be interpreted exactly as how the article is submitted, so it is important that the equations are written and rendered properly to convey the meaning of the equations.

Tables: All tables and figures must be based on a standardized style from a professional typeset.

Figures: Any illustrations in the article (drawings, diagrams, graphs, maps, pictures) should be labeled as “Figure XX” (where XX stands for a numeral designating what number of it is in the article, from first to last), and is required to be cited.  The submitter is responsible for any figure’s resolution and quality as the figures will be reproduced exactly as how we receive them.  If the paper is accepted, we will contact the submitter again if higher resolution figures are required.


References: The author is responsible for all references being cited correctly in the article.  If cited incorrectly, or any plagiarism is found, the article will be dismissed immediately.  Corresponding authors are responsible for all references being cited correctly.

Author’s Notes:  This section contains information on the authors, academic credentials that give a short biography on the author(s)/contributor(s).  Contact information for the corresponding author should be included, though is not mandatory.  Contact information for other contributors to the paper is welcome, though is also not mandatory.  Contact information must be full name, along with an email address which the corresponding author or contributor is reachable at.  Other contact detail are welcome, though may not be published.

Additional submission requirements: One author will be chosen as the corresponding author (This will be the author who submitted the article, unless specified otherwise and given the proper contact information).

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