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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • All parts of the submission (text, illustrations, references, abstract and additional material) is submitted in one single file (MS Word or OpenOffice Writer file format), and that references are provided in footnotes and included in a bibliography.
  • The author(s) are not identifiable in the submitted manuscript, i.e., their names are removed from the document and from the document properties.
  • Author(s) agree to cover the Author Processing Charge (APC) prior to publication. APCs apply to articles published in vol. 6, no. 1, onwards.
  • The author(s) have read and accepted all our policies; authorship is based on substantial contribution, drafting and/or revising the manuscript for important intellectual content, and final approval; any potential conflict of interest is declared during submission (in the Comments for the Editor field in the first step of the submission process); and the submission does not infringe on the rights of other parties.

Author Guidelines

For proposals

Authors are encouraged to submit proposals of up to 150 words that will receive an indicative recommendation from the issue editor/editor-in-chief. Following on this preliminary feedback authors may then submit a full-length single file manuscript for review (see our Section Policies). Note that full-text essays should be submitted on the same submission ID as the proposal (as an attachment to a discussion). For detailed instructions please see the guide Help for Authors – submitting full text upon proposal available from our online platform.

For essays

We welcome articles that

  • are well structured, have a convincing argument/form and follow academic convention;
  • are appropriately sourced;
  • adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style (footnotes and bibliography) and our In-house stylesheet;
  • are between 3,000 and 4,500 words;
  • are prepared for blind review.

Under the rubric of Creative criticism we seek writers who are reflecting explicitly on their methods, practices, positionings, etc., as academic writers and/or creative practitioners. To submit your essay under this rubric please provide additional information as a Comment to the editors upon submission.

For commentaries and book reviews

We seek articles that

  • are written in clear, concise language (please follow our our In-house stylesheet);
  • have the quality we associate with our mandate;
  • are up to 1,500 words in length.

For resubmissions

Please ensure prior to resubmission that

  • all recommendations have either been prescriptive for the present submission or have received substantial commentary at the end of the revised manuscript;
  • alterations in the resubmitted text have been properly highlighted to aid editors and/or reviewer(s) in their reconsideration.

Resubmissions should be submitted on the same submission ID as the initial submission, preferably as an attachment to a discussion. For detailed instructions please see the guide Help for Authors – submitting full text upon proposal.

Academic articles

Academic Articles are academic and scholarly essays that are well structured, have a convincing argument and form, follow academic convention, and are appropriately sourced. Generally submission are 3,000 to 4,500 words. Academic Articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Creative criticism

For our section Creative Criticism we solicit submissions under a broad ambit; we seek writers who are reflecting explicitly on their methods, practices, positionings, etc., as academic writers and/or creative practitioners. We provide space for autoethnographic explorations; lyrical, personal essays; creative non-fiction approaches; imagined dialogues; experimental oddities in which form charts “thinking in/as writing” (and vice versa); collaborative conversations and “inter-views”; interdisciplinary detournements; and even multimodal, hyperlinked, digital innovations. Generally submissions are 3,000 to 4,500 words. Creative Criticism are subject to double-blind peer review.

Comments and reviews

Commentaries and Book Reviews are written in clear, concise language. We are particularly interested in comments and reviews that explicitly address our mandate, theme, or debates initiated by *Inscriptions* or fellow journals. Commentaries and Reviews are generally 1,200 to 1,500 words and do not have notes or references. Commentaries and reviews are subject to a simplified editorial review by an editor.

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