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Submission Instructions for Authors:

Cultural Landscapes
publishes short articles (ranging between 3000 and 5000 words) in the field of Cultural Studies. We welcome work that covers a wide range of topics, and we invite articles, critiques, illustrations and other forms of “cultural” production. We are especially committed to publishing the work of undergraduate students, graduate students, and emerging scholars.

Submissions are accepted at any time. All articles selected for inclusion in the journal are reviewed by our Editorial Collective prior to publication. All submissions must conform to the MLA Style Manual. Submissions should be made in MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) and sent to Dr. Jaafar Aksikas by email at jaksikas@colum.edu.

When submitting work, please provide your name, the title of the paper, and your contact details. Please also indicate your institutional affiliation and, if applicable, your major and the degree you are working toward. Please include an abstract of 150 words. All material submitted must be the original work of the author(s).

Authors must obtain permission for illustrations. If you need help with this, let us know. Cultural Landscapes will not publish illustrations without prior written copyright permission. Although Cultural Landscapes retains copyright of each collection, authors are free to republish their article(s) elsewhere.

Editorial Policies and Procedures:
Upon submission of an article, authors will receive an acknowledgment from the Editorial Collective. The article will be sent to four members of the Interrogation Editorial Collective (the readers). Readers will not necessarily have any specialist knowledge of the subject. They will assess the article in terms of its organization and strength of argument, its quality of prose, its clarity of expression, and use of its reference material.

If the above criteria are satisfied, the article will then be edited by two editors selected from the readers (based on their area of scholarship). Ideally, this will consist of minor copyediting (commas, spelling, and punctuation), or the correction of minor grammatical errors.

Authors should receive confirmation of either the rejection or the provisional acceptance of their article within six weeks of submission. Decisions to publish an article in Cultural Landscapes will be made at the discretion of the Editorial Collective and is conditional upon acceptance by the readers, as well as the satisfactory completion of any revisions requested by the readers.

Generally, the reading editors will not accept an article on its first reading, and they may request revisions at various stages of the process. In certain cases, the readers may decide to reject an article outright, but they will try to provide specific and constructive feedback explaining the decision.

Should the readers identify a specific area in which improvement can be made to the article, the editors will provide detailed feedback and the author will be given the opportunity to re-submit it.

All acceptances are conditional upon completion of all changes requested by the Editorial Collective. In the case of requests for revisions not being satisfactorily addressed by the author of a certain article, the Cultural Landscapes Editorial Collective may decide not to publish the article. This may be done at any stage of the process.

The Editing Process:
Articles submitted to Cultural Landscapes should ideally only require minor copyediting—mainly the correction of minor grammatical and punctuation errors. However, in some cases, heavier editing maybe required. The editors reserve the right to make changes that will improve clarity and flow. Prior to publication, authors will be sent the edited version, and they will then have the opportunity to contest any changes that they feel do not improve the quality of the text, or have somehow substantially altered meaning.

Please remember that all submissions must conform to the MLA Style, as even the smallest variations can mean a great deal of tedious, time-consuming work. Articles that are more than 6500 words (including footnotes) will not be accepted by the Editorial Collective.

Cultural Landscapes targets a general audience and welcomes work that covers a wide range of topics. We publish articles, critiques, illustrations, and other forms of “cultural” production. It is expected that some contextual detail should be included to make the article accessible to a non-specialist readers.

Copyright:
The design and content of the Cultural Landscapes website is copyrighted. The journal is protected against unauthorized reproduction, storage, or transmission in any form or by any means. However, individuals may print or download papers and other content of the journal for their own private educational use. Further distribution of this material is not allowed.

All the work submitted must be the original work of the author. Authors must obtain permission for illustrations. If you need help with this, let us know. Cultural Landscapes will not publish illustrations without prior written copyright permission. Although Cultural Landscapes retains copyright of each collection, authors are free to republish their article(s) elsewhere.

Disclaimer:
The opinions expressed in the articles published in Cultural Landscapes are those of the original authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Editorial Collective or Columbia College Chicago.