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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions on Removing identifying information to ensure double-blind review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Scholarly articles should be 20 to 30 pages in length, with endnotes placed under the title "Notes." Articles must be set in 12-point Times New Roman font, have one inch margins, and be double-spaced throughout (including endnotes). All submissions should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (author-date format), and they should be made in the form of a Word document or a rich text format document.  A quick guide to the Chicago Manual of Style is available online: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html All submissions of scholarly articles must include a 200-word abstract. 

To facilitate the peer review process, authors must ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in such a way that they do not reveal their identities to reviewers, either directly or indirectly. Authors will prepare their submission with two separate files, a title page and an anonymised manuscript:

Title Page

The title page will remain separate from the manuscript throughout the peer review process and will not be sent to the reviewers. It should include:

  • The manuscript title
  • All authors’ names and affiliations
  • A complete address for the corresponding author, including an e-mail address
  • Acknowledgements and funding sources
  • A conflict of interest statement (where necessary)

The Anonymised Manuscript

The author should remove any identifying information, such as authors’ names or affiliations, from the manuscript before submission.

Use the third person to refer to work that the authors have previously published. For example, write “Claire Chambers (2017) has demonstrated” rather than “I have/the author has previously demonstrated (Chambers, 2017)”.

Make sure that figures and tables do not contain any reference to author affiliations.

Exclude acknowledgements and any references to funding sources. (Use the title page, which is not sent to reviewers, to detail these and to declare any potential conflict of interest to the Editor.)

Choose file names with care, and ensure that the file’s properties are also anonymised.

Take care to ensure that you do not inadvertently upload identifying information within any of the files that will be shared with the reviewers.

For inquiries about the Forum section for artists and practitioners, please e-mail the current editor, Claire Maria Chambers, at clairemariachambers@gmail.com

For inquiries about reviews, please e-mail the current reviews editor, Joshua Edelman, at j.edelman@mmu.ac.uk

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