Journal for Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences (JLAS) is an editorial-board-reviewed/peer-reviewed journal which offers a forum for academic discourse regarding theories and issues in the arts, the sciences, and education.

JLAS is published two times each academic year (fall and spring) by Oakland City University. The journal is eclectic in scope. Occasionally, issues will focus on thematic topics, such as labor history, American literature, and mathematics. Readers will find articles ranging from the practical to the theoretical, allowing for a wide breadth of analysis and academic insight.

The journal is available free online, however complimentary print copies are available to authors.

Please direct questions to, or to this address:

Randy Mills, Editor
Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences
Oakland City University
143 North Lucretia Street
Oakland City, Indiana 47660-1038

The articles in the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences  are expressions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the JLAS editorial staff or of Oakland City University.

Several years ago Oakland City University began to sponsor an academic journal, the Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Initially, the journal was to serve as an outlet for the scholarly work of the university’s faculty and staff, especially those teaching in education. The journal’s mission, however, has greatly evolved in the last few years.

In the spring of 2008, the formatting of the journal changed as did the journal’s focus.  A larger editorial board of scholars from other colleges and universities was developed.  While still offering the scholarly works of the university’s faculty and staff, the journal also began to seek out the scholarly work of other cutting edge thinkers from other colleges and universities in the various fields of the arts and sciences. Scholars from the following universities and colleges, among others, have contributed to the JLAS:

  • Adams State College
  • Berea College
  • Bethel College
  • Bluefield College
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Butler University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Citadel
  • Carson-Newman College
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Christian Theological Seminary
  • Clemson State University
  • Dominican University
  • East Carolina State University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Georgetown University
  • Gordon College
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University
  • Marymount University
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Pittsburg State University
  • Roanoke College
  • Saint Mary’s College- University of Notre Dame
  • Saint Meinrad School of Theology
  • Samford University
  • St. Louis University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M University- International University
  • Union University
  • United International College, China
  • University of Akron
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Norte Dame
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Virginia’s College at Wise
  • Valdosta State University

As a part of the journal’s commitment to sharing new scholarship in the many areas of the arts and sciences, several special issues with guest editors, have been produced. The summer issue for 2008, for example, focused upon regional labor history and offered some of the latest national scholarly endeavors in that particular area. Scholars featured in this issue included labor historians Dr. Rosemary Feurer from Northern Illinois University and Dr. Sam White at the University of Missouri. Feurer’s important study of the struggles of the United Electrical Workers in the region in the late 1940s and early 1950s was recently published by Illinois University Press and received critical acclaim from several sources.

The fall 2008 issue of the JLAS focused upon some of the latest ideas in literary theory as well as examining some of the latest research in teaching English. Dr. Jason Corner, from the Ohio State University was the guest editor.

The summer 2009 issue featured a special religious studies edition, also with a guest editor, Dr. Thomas Leuze, an associate professor at the Chapman Seminary at Oakland City University. This edition focused upon religious studies and contained several scholarly articles from professors in the Chapman Seminary at Oakland City University and also a number of other religious studies scholars from schools such as Saint Meinrad School of Theology, Christian Theological Seminary, and the University of Evansville’s Department of Philosophy and Religion.

The fall 2009 JLAS issue featured military history and was guest edited by Dr. Brian McKnight, a military historian from Angelo State University. The lead article in this edition was an interview with Dr. John Guilmartin from the Ohio State University regarding the present state of the field. Guilmartin is considered to be one of the leading military historians today.

The 2010 fall issue focused upon the area of popular culture. Dr. Charles Gallmeier, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Indiana University Northwest served as guest editor.
In 2011, Dr. Ron Mercer served as guest editor for a philosophy issue which featured a lead article by Georgetown University’s John Haught, a leading scholar in systematic theology.

In the fall of 2012, JLAS offered a special issue on Hoosier culture, followed in the spring of 2013 by a special Recreational Studies issue, guest edited by Dr. Bob Lee of Bowling Green State University. An English Studies issue, edited by Case Western Reserve University’s Brandy Schillace was the theme of the fall 2013 journal. This latter issue contained an article which has since been chosen for a national anthology in literary criticism.

The most recent special issue of the JLAS, appearing in the spring of 2014 featured scholarly articles on science and math with another issue examining military history due out in the spring of 2016. 

The editor of Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences welcomes manuscripts related to a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and interests.

Submissions should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, and be in Times New Roman font (12 point). Submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 100 words.

Manuscripts submitted for a special issue should include a reference to the theme of the issue.

Authors may submit manuscripts as an email attachment or by mail.

  • All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • Email submissions are to include a message indicating that the manuscript is not under consideration with any other publisher except JLAS. Send to
  • Submissions by mail are to include a cover letter indicating that the manuscript is not under consideration with any other publisher, as well as an electronic copy of the manuscript on either CD-ROM or diskette. Send to the following address:

Randy Mills, Editor
Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences
Oakland City University
143 North Lucretia Street
Oakland City, IN 47660-1038

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged within two weeks of submission. The review process generally takes two to six months. Authors will be notified of the editorial decision within six months of receipt. Total time between submission and publication can range from six months to one year. There is neither a remuneration offered nor a charge for publication in JLAS. Authors will be provided with three complimentary copies of the issue in which their articles appear.

Format and Documentation

For most issues of Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, the American Psychological Association (APA) Fifth Edition is to serve as a guide for the preparation of manuscripts. However, special issues may vary in required documentation style, depending on the theme. Final documentation decisions rest with the editor.

Originals of tables and figures, such as graphs and charts, should be supplied. Graphics should be prepared and captioned exactly as they are intended to appear in the journal. All explanatory notes should be avoided, whenever possible, and the intonation incorporated in the text. Essential notes should be gathered in a section following the text and listed under the heading "End Notes." End notes should be identified with consecutive numbers assigned in keeping with the superscript numeral used at the point requiring the note.