Redwood Roots Digital Magazine

Submission Guidelines


Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original Work to be considered for publication in Redwood Roots Digital Magazine provided they are the original Author/Creator and are the copyright holder to the Work being submitted. Works may be submitted by individuals, groups, or entire classes.

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General Submission Guidelines

Submitted Works cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in another publication. We accept all format styles.

All submissions need to feature community-based learning experiences by Cal Poly Humboldt students involved in courses (such as Service Learning, Academic Internships, fieldwork, experiential workshops, etc.), or clubs, volunteer activities, or on-campus community building programs. We prefer submissions that reflect personal experiences, rather than formal academic essays.

Submission process/limits:

  1. Submission timelines: Submissions should reflect activities in the most recent semester before the upcoming issue if at all possible (unless the article is more general, without time references).
  2. Cal Poly Humboldt faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to submit, however if we have an excess of submissions, student submissions will be prioritized.
  3. The Redwood Roots editing team may work with you to meet guidelines; however, if your piece is not selected for the next Redwood Roots issue, we will help connect you with other Cal Poly Humboldt publishing venues.

Photos (might be submitted for any of the categories below):

  1. Model releases need to be submitted with photos featuring identifiable people: https://brand.humboldt.edu/sites/default/files/modelrelease.pdf
  2. Graphics/photos/photos of artwork: 300 DPI minimum, jpegs/PDFs and pngs preferred. Please submit your graphics as separate files from your text.

It is encouraged that you include an image of yourself with your submission for inclusion in the publication. All images should be at least 300dpi.

We encourage submissions of the following categories:

  1. Personal/Written Reflections, 50-800 words: Format: .doc, docx, .rtf, or Google Document
  2. Full Articles, 400-1600 words, may include citations. Format: .doc, docx, .rtf, or Google Document
  3. Digital Story, short reflection piece, 60-90 seconds. Format: .mov or .mp4
  4. Visual Essay/Creative Project, no larger than 7.5 x 10 inches per page. Format: .jpg or .pdf

Please include any references in the body of the article (in-text citations) rather than as a separate works cited page.

Note that content and formats are flexible, so please feel free to contact us with questions at redwoodrootsmagazine@humboldt.edu.

We are asking that everyone who submits any kind of piece to Redwood Roots to please include a brief abstract of how their piece relates to community-engagement.

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Questions to consider in your article and abstract

  1. How did your work with your agency illuminate or highlight what you are learning in your class or major?
  2. What community group or organization did you work with? What is the purpose of their work? What are they doing to carry out that purpose? What kind of barriers exist to carrying out their purpose?
  3. What seem to be the root causes of the issue/problem addressed?
  4. What kinds of activities are currently taking place in the community related to this project?
  5. How did you help? What did you do as a part of their work?
  6. What contributes to the success of projects like this? What hinders success?
  7. What learning occurred for you in this experience? How can you apply this learning?
  8. What would you like to learn more about, related to this project or issue?
  9. How have you changed? What have you learned about yourself? What about our community?
  10. What would you like to tell a student about to participate in service or an internship to help them get the most out of it?

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If you are considering a video submission - It is highly encouraged that you participate in the Library’s online, Skillshop on video editing and planning a video project, created by Tim Miller from the library with courses like this in mind. The SkillShop will walk you through the entire process.

Register and Join the Online SkillShop on Canvas here.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

To submit a work (the “Work” or "Submission"), you, the Author/Creator, grant that this is your original Work, you are the copyright owner, and you accept full responsibility for the content of your Submission. You ensure that content for which you do not hold copyright is clearly identified and all permissions to use that content are cleared for use. You ensure that this is your original work and does not contain any libelous or unlawful statements, plagiarized content, infringe on the rights or privacy of others, or contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury.

The Work must not have been previously published, is not pending review elsewhere, and will not be submitted for review elsewhere pending the completion of the editorial decision process at the Magazine.

If the Magazine agrees to publish the Submission, you, the Author/Creator, retain full copyright over the submission, but grant and assign to Cal Poly Humboldt the nonexclusive permanent right to reproduce, display, and distribute the work in electronic and print formats under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Creative Commons License.

The failure of Digital Commons @ Cal Poly Humboldt 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 @ Cal Poly Humboldt and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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