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Author Guidelines

UnderCurrents welcomes both creative and scholarly work. These include essays, poetry, photographs, visual submissions, video, audio, mixed formats, and more.

Submissions may be accepted to either the printed issue or the UnderCurrents website, or both. The Editorial Collective may discuss these different options with the author/artist.

Please read ALL the guidelines and requirements prior to submitting your work.

ALL submissions must include a Cover Letter AND an abstract (see items 2 and 3 in the Submission Preparation Checklist)

For ensuring a blind review process, PLEASE ENSURE ALL YOUR FILES EXCEPT THE COVER LETTER DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME OR ANY OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION. Thank you.

Visual submissions: You may submit small jpegs for review. Original images must be at least 1600X1200pixels, 300dpi, in .jpg or .pdf format, and will be required upon acceptance or during the review process.

Text: All text (poems, creative texts, scholarly essays, etc.) should be in .doc or .docx format.

Scholarly essays should not exceed 6,000 words (exclusive of citations). Authors should adhere to current MLA rules for citations and references.

Hybrid submissions: Work that includes both text and images should be submitted in its full version in .pdf file.
However, all of the text must be submitted additionally in .doc or .docx format.

Book Review Guidelines

Below is the review format for book reviews. Please do not hesitate to contact the UnderCurrents Editorial Collective at currents@yorku.ca if you have any questions.

UnderCurrents only publishes favourable book reviews. If you are unable to provide review that is critical but kind, please return your book to the UnderCurrents mailbox in FES reception and we will reassign it or send it back to the publisher.

  • 1000 words limit
  • Arial, 12 font size
  • When quoting text do not cite page numbers or line numbers in your review.
  • Single spaced
  • At the end of your review please append a brief bio (put your name at the beginning in full caps, and the remainder of the bio in regular case).
  • For the format of title and listing of the book, publisher, year and price follow the example below:

[Title] The Reinvention of the Hand by PAUL VERMEERSCH [full caps for author’s name]

M&S, 2009 $29.95

Reviewed by JANE DOE [full caps for your name]

  • Send the review as a Microsoft Word document attachment to currents@yorku.ca

Thank you for contributing to UnderCurrents. We look forward to reading your review.

 

 

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.

  1. 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).
  2. A separate Cover Letter file in .doc or .docx format has been attached to the submission.

    Cover Letter must include the following details:

    a. Type of submission (e.g. scholarly essay, creative text, photos, multimedia, etc)
    b. Submission title
    c. Author's name; Title/position; Institutional affiliation (if any); Email for correspondence; Address; Phone number
    d. Author's bio (max 100 words)
    e. Indicate whether you want your email to be published
    f. Comments: Is your work (or part of it) intended specifically to the UnderCurrents online issue?  Is it a collection of works that may be published either in part or in full? Have you submitted this work to UnderCurrents before? Is there any other information you think is relevant to your submission?

  3. A separate Abstract file in .doc or .docx format has been attached to the submission.

    100-150 words and 3-5 key words.

  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements of the MLA format.
  6. All references and notes are placed at the end of the text. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  7. ARTIST/AUTHOR'S STATEMENT

    If you wish, you may provide some details, description or context for your work. This may include, but not limited to: Description of a larger project from which this work is taken, special geo-political circumstances your work engages with, or a personal statement to be published along with your creative work.
    This statement is an extra space for you to provide reviewers with information. It will NOT be published, unless requested by the artist/author.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant UnderCurrents right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

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