Mentis Vita

The Georgetown Undergraduate Journal of Scholarship

Mentis Vita Pro Vita Mundi: The Life of the Mind for the Life of the World

Mentis Vita is an electronic undergraduate journal of scholarly research and thought. Mentis Vita features a varied range of research and papers, from the natural sciences to international affairs, and is produced by a group of dedicated undergraduate students.

To join the Mendis Vita staff, please review the position descriptions below and complete the application form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Managing Staff

Editor-in-Chief: The Editor-in-Chief is Mentis Vita's principle authority on editorial review, staff organization, finances, and quality control. This individual oversees all staff members and is responsible for cross-checking citations, upholding the Georgetown University Honor Code, implementing ethical standards, maintaining journal aesthetic, and ensuring final publication. Additionally, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the initial distribution of articles to each corresponding Committee. Once editing begins, the Editor-in-Chief works closely with the Executive Editor and Communications Editor to ensure a quality publication. This position is responsible for meeting with Committee Co-Chairs no less than once a month and must be in contact with the Executive and Communication Editors regularly.

Publication Staff

Executive Editor: Mentis Vita's Executive Editor is responsible for the staff's most thorough drafting and editing. He/she works closely with the Editor-in-Chief and oversees Committee Chairs to ensure timely review, publication, and open networks between Committees. This individual (with help from the Editor-in-Chief) must contact appropriate Graduate Student and Faculty members for extension-based article review. He/she is also responsible for setting deadlines, guidelines, and policies beyond those of the Editor-in-Chief to his/her staff members. Often, these responsibilities extend into the organization's operational and strategic planning. The Executive Editor may conduct regular team meetings to keep everyone updated and ensure timeliness of articles.

Committee Co-Chairs: Committee Co-Chairs (C3's) are an integral part of Mentis Vita's Staff for they advertise their respective section and have the direct opportunity to select articles for publication. Committee Co-Chairs work closely with authors to guide them through the editing process (beginning with the General Editing process). As such, Co-Chairs must reject pieces that appear plagiarized or generally questionable and must convey this information to their General Editing Staff and all prospective authors. Co-Chairs must have some expertise in their field.

  • Co-Chairs of Chemical, Life, & Health Sciences should have technical experience in at least one of the following subject areas and are responsible for gathering articles from the following Departments: Physics, Biochemistry, Biology, Biology of Global Health, Chemistry, Environmental Biology, Neurobiology, Science in Foreign Service in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA), Computer Science, Mathematics, Health Care Management and Policy, Human Science, International Health, Nursing.
  • Co-Chairs of Art, Literature, & Humanities should have technical experience in at least one of the following subject areas and is responsible for gathering articles from the following departments: American Studies, Comparative Literature, English, History, Medieval Studies, Arabic, Chinese, Classics, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, American Musical Culture, Art History, Art, Theater and Performance Studies.
  • Co-Chairs of Human & Social Sciences should have technical experience in at least one of the following subjects and is responsible for gathering articles from the following departments: Culture and Politics, Linguistics, Regional and Comparative Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Co-Chairs of International Relations should have technical experience in at least one of the following subject areas and is responsible for gathering articles from the following departments: Economics, Political Economy, Business Administration, International Economics, International Political Economy, Government, International Politics, International History.
  • Co-Chairs of Theology and Philosophy should have technical experience in at least one of the following subjects and is responsible for gathering articles from the following departments: Theology and Philosophy/Ethics.
  • Co-Chairs of Business and Finance should have technical experience in at least one of the following subjects and is responsible for gathering articles from the following departments: Accounting, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Management, and Operations & Information Management.

General Editor: The General Editor is primarily responsible for the General Editing Process and peer outreach. General Editing for Mentis Vita includes:

  • Modifying the author's writing style (if needed) to best suit Mentis Vita's scholarly format;
  • Correcting syntax and punctuation; and
  • Increasing the article's overall 'readability.' Working closely with Committee Chairs, General Editors may assist in verifying each article's source accuracy and overall integrity. They should remain in contact with authors (for future publication) and encourage their peers to submit research as well.

Business & Design Staff

Communications Editor: The Communications Editor is in charge of overseeing technical and financial aspects of Journal Operation. This includes managing design of both of digital and 'hard' publication, maintaining an accurate and up to date web page, fundraising, advertising, and creating a network of published undergraduates. This job has a lot of flexibility and requires a diverse range of skills; however, the Communications Editor has freedom to create Mentis Vita's aesthetic and facilitate a presence around campus and the greater digital world.

Web Editor and Web Design: The Web Editor and Web Design Staff are responsible for creating and maintaining an accurate and high-functioning website. The website should display not only publications but also contain a space for possible advertising. Staff may work with Gervase and Georgetown's GOFAR office.

Graphic Design and Journal Layout: The Graphic Design and Journal Layout team is responsible for the size and shape of Mentis Vita's hard-copy publication. Staff is responsible for creating Journal templates/graphics and formatting all edited articles into a final copy. Computer and software resources will be provided.