Aquila: The FGCU Student Research Journal

Aquila: The FGCU Student Research Journal is Looking for Graduate and Undergraduate Students to Showcase Their Work.

Editorial Assistant, Mathew Anthony Reyes

Project Manager, Julia Hammond

A central aim of Aquila (Online ISSN: 2572-6021) is to introduce students to the revision and publication process. Students will receive mentorship all along the way, from preparing their work for submission, to incorporating reviewer comments, to final edits before publication. We want you to take your critical thinking and written/creative analysis from the classroom to the wider community of scholars. 

To do that, we work with students to transform their research into a published article. This work can start as original research conducted for a graduate program, capstone projects, honors theses, and posters. It can also start as research papers, in-depth literature reviews, case studies, or creative pieces in upper-level courses. No matter where it begins, the end is the same: a publication! 

All submissions are formally reviewed by the Editorial Board and faculty experts. Submissions are held to thorough academic standards of originality, accuracy, and presentation. Through this process, we hope that students will develop their skills as writers and researchers, as we also hope to inspire others to undertake research when they read the published articles on an array of captivating subjects.

Aquila has a rolling deadline and will accept submissions up to one year after graduation. Be sure to schedule an appointment with either the Writing Lab or with Dr. Eichbauer in the Office of Scholarly Innovation & Student Research to complete the Aquila Rubric to include with your submission.

We are happy to help you through the process of publication! For more information or for assistance on the process or how to submit, please email Dr. Eichbauer in the Office of Scholarly Innovation & Student Research at / 239-590-1245.
Publishing an article in Aquila completes the Undergraduate Research Badge.

Undergraduate Research Badge

Aquila Rubric

The Editorial Board and faculty experts will review submissions according to the following rubric.

Strongly Agree



Strongly Disagree

Recommended Revisions

Additional Comments

Does the abstract summarize the article accurately?

Is the thesis statement, hypothesis and/or research question clear?

Is the literature review sufficient, i.e., appropriate in breadth and length and demonstrates the scope of the scholarship?

Are findings described objectively and is the analysis done thoroughly? Does the structure of the paper have a methodological flow?

Are major ideas/results/findings recapitulated in the conclusion/discussion section?

Are citations and notes appropriate and is the quality of sources sound?

Is the writing clear and arguments focused?

Is the paper free from jargon or too much disciplinary specificity? Are key terms defined?

Did the paper use the style appropriate to the discipline (Chicago, APA, or MLA) consistently?

Overall, did the author submit a well-organized, clearly written, and grammatically correct paper?

Overall Assessment of the Submission

_____   Accept with no revisions
_____   Accept with minor revisions (provide feedback to authors)
_____   Major revisions with opportunity to resubmit (provide feedback to authors)

Reviewer comments to the author to help improve the submission:

Aquila Journal Word Mark

Vol. 8, no. 1 (2023) Articles

"The Professor’s 'Women': Gendered Silence and Self-Revelation in Cather’s The Professor’s House." DOI: 10.24049/aq.8.1.1.

Amy Enberg


"Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of the Coefficient of Rolling Friction on Florida Gulf Coast University’s Parking Garage Incline." DOI: 10.24049/aq.8.1.2.

Kaelyn Julmeus


"Controlled Identities: From Reality to Fantasy in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie." DOI: 10.24049/aq.8.1.3.

Sandra Mollinedo


"An Evidence-based Practice Project to Determine Ginger’s Effect on Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnant Women During the Antepartum Period." DOI: 10.24049/aq.8.1.4.

Jaslynette Burgos


"The Impact of Mobilization in Decreasing Delirium Incidence and Duration in Intensive Care Unit Patients: An Evidence-Based Approach." DOI: 10.24049/aq.8.1.5.

Alyssa DiNunzio


"Social Capital’s Effect on Tastes and Preferences." DOI: 10.24049/aq.8.1.6.

Zoey Reed-Spitzer


Vol. 8, no. 2 (2023) Articles


Please contact the Office of Scholarly Innovation & Student Research ( with any further questions.