Conspectus Borealis is Northern Michigan University’s undergraduate interdisciplinary journal of scholarly and creative works created and run by the Honors Program. Our goal is to publish exemplary scholarly and creative works of all genres to highlight to the public the academic advancements students at NMU are making, regardless of major, minor, or academic program. In order to be as inclusive as possible, we are pleased to accept a wide variety of submissions. These can include scholarly works (research articles, lab reports, technical papers, expository articles, etc.); creative writing pieces (prose, poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, etc.); visual art pieces (sculpture, paintings, photographs, jewelry, etc.); or stories, essays, or creative pieces written in a foreign language. As a general rule, if an undergraduate student at Northern can write or create it, we will gladly review it! One exception are audio or video projects. Audio and video files can be included as supplementary files for text based submissions, but not as the primary media. If you have any questions please contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I submit more than one work?
A: Yes, you can. Just be sure to follow our Submission Policies for each work you would like to submit.

Q: Will the person reviewing my submission know who I am?
A: No. Conspectus Borealis is a journal based on blind submissions—the person reviewing your submission will not know who authored it.

Q: Who can submit to Conspectus Borealis?
A: Any undergraduate student at NMU, regardless of minor, major, academic program, or academic year. This includes both Honors and non-Honors students.

Q: Who can join the editorial board of Conspectus Borealis?
A: Our board positions are only available to members of the Honors Program. If you are an Honors student and wish to join the board of Conspectus Borealis, please contact contact us.

Q: I created a submission as an undergraduate at Northern, but have since graduated. Can I submit my work to Conspectus Borealis?
A: Unfortunately, no. We only accept submissions from current undergraduate students at NMU.

Q: I transferred from another university and created a submission there. Can I submit my work to Conspectus Borealis?
A: No, you may not. We only accept submissions created while at NMU.

Q: Can I submit something written in a foreign language?
A: Absolutely! We accept submissions in French, German, and Spanish.

Q: I created a work and have had it published by another journal, magazine, or newspaper. Can I have this same work published in Conspectus Borealis?
A: No. Due to copyright and/or content requirements, any given work may only be published by one outlet.