Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

As a reader of Forbes & Fifth, we hope you find yourself not only poring over the type of writing that best suits your interests, but also lingering on some aspects of scholarship that feel foreign to you. The idea of “arts and sciences” itself unites two concepts that so often appear at odds with each other, and this magazine strives to unite the arts and the sciences under a new banner: interdisciplinary collaboration. We are a student-led and student-run magazine with the goal of connecting the most abstract ideas — like carbon chains and Mongolian folk music — just as Forbes and Fifth Avenues bring all of the unique ethnicities, backgrounds, and interests of our university together. Our vision is that you, our reader, can take away from the magazine a kind of appreciation for all the disciplines at the University of Pittsburgh and learn from them, thereby growing in your own interests through the knowledge of others.

We have strived to publish a magazine that honors creativity both verbally and visually: from research to design, from verse to illustration. We hope our approach encourages you to read and possibly submit to us in the future. In order to showcase the intellectual diversity here at the University of Pittsburgh, we welcome your ideas. They ultimately lead us to new possibilities and help us to succeed not only in representing the University itself, but in representing you — as artists, as scientists, and as individuals.

Physical copies of Forbes & Fifth are available across the University of Pittsburgh, including The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (209 Thackeray Hall), the Advising Center (201 Thackeray Hall), the Academic Resource Center (Gardner Steel Conference Center), Dietrich School departments, Nordy's Place (William Pitt Union, ground floor), the O'Hara Student Center, the lobbies of residence halls, and many other locations.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All submissions will be screened by editors and reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:


“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”


Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY license.


Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.



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The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity

Forbes & Fifth is sponsored by The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (OUR). As part of Undergraduate Studies in the University of Pittsburgh's Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the OUR supports the research and creative endeavors of Dietrich School undergraduates.

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