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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.
  • Authors are aware that Atlantis is accepting unthemed research submissions from April 1, 2024, to April 30, 2024 only. We are accepting unthemed literary submissions from April 1, 2024, to May 31, 2024 only. Outside this submission window, authors must submit to one of our themed Calls for Papers.
  • The submission has not been previously published (other than as a preprint), nor is it before another journal for consideration. That is, the submission has NOT been simultaneously submitted to another journal.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF, of PDF document file format.
  • The date and status of the submission/revision are noted on the document. For example: Initial submission: June 5, 2018. Revision according to peer reviewers' comments: June 20, 2018. Comments on copyedit: June 25, 2018, etc.
  • For submissions that include references, in-text citations and the reference list adhere to the AUTHOR-DATE format of The Chicago Manual of Style. Where available, DOIs (or URLs) for electronic references have been provided.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions Ensuring an Anonymized Review have been followed. This includes removing all instances of the author(s) name from the manuscript AND removing author attribution from the "properties" of files. Please click on the link "Ensuring an Anonymized Review" when uploading your paper for more details.
  • The authors understand that revisions may be requested prior to external peer review and/or following external peer review. A request for revisions does not, however, guarantee publication.
  • All author guidelines have been followed.

Author Guidelines

1. Atlantis considers unpublished scholarly research articles, review articles, creative (literary) writing, and book reviews. We welcome material on any interdisciplinary subject that relates to the critical study of women, gender, and social justice.

2. Research articles submitted for consideration must be no longer than 7,000 words, including references. See details for book reviews and literary submissions below. Citations, bibliography and style must follow The Chicago Manual of Style author-date format. Please include the date and status of submission (e.g., initial submission; revision; comments on copyedit etc.).

3. Footnotes are not acceptable and endnotes are discouraged. If endnotes are absolutely necessary, type each note's appropriate number into the text. Do not use the endnote insert function, as anything created with formatting codes, such as the notes, will be deleted when the document is converted for layout.

4. Submit a cover letter containing: the name(s) of the author(s) and an email address; a biographical note of the authors' academic degrees or relevant experience, professional titles or roles, and affiliations; and any desired acknowledgment of research support or credit.

5. For research articles, include an abstract of the article, in the language of the article (200 words maximum).

6. Authors are encouraged to avoid overly technical language. The author(s) has/have responsibility for the accuracy of references and calculations, as well as for obtaining clearance to reproduce any artwork that is not their own or has been published elsewhere. The author must attach these figures and illustrations in web quality.

7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions Ensuring an Anonymized Review have been followed. This includes removing all instances of the author(s) name from the manuscript AND removing author attribution from the "properties" of files. Please click on the link "Ensuring an Anonymized Review" and review instructions when uploading your paper for more details.

8. Please upload your submission directly to our OJS platform. Contact atlantis.journal@msvu.ca with any questions.

Original Research

Atlantis considers original, unpublished scholarly research in the field of critical studies in gender, culture and social justice. Articles must be 7,000 words or less (including references).

Review process:

Research papers are assessed by the following criteria:
• Originality/Contribution: Is the submission original? What is its contribution to the field?
• Argument: Does the submission build a strong, well-supported and well-articulated argument? Does it have a sharp and easy-to-discern focus?
• Structure/Organization: Is the organization and sequencing of sections effective and internally coherent? Is its conceptual framework explicit? Does it achieve its stated aims?
• Use of Sources and Methodology: Is the literature consulted relevant and up-to-date? If relevant, is the methodology clearly laid out and justified? Are the submission’s sources used effectively?
• Writing: Is the quality and style of writing appropriate for a scholarly research paper?

All submissions are first read by members of our Editorial Board and/or guest Editors. Editors may:
• Recommend the paper for external peer review.
• Request revisions prior to peer review (the Editors feel the paper has potential but is not ready for external review). The Editors will re-assess the paper after revisions are made and either send the paper for external review or reject the paper.
• Reject the paper as not suitable for Atlantis.

External review process:
• Papers approved for external peer review are sent to two scholars in relevant fields of study.
• External reviews are anonymous: authors do not know the names of reviewers; reviewers do not know the names of authors.
• Reviewers’ comments are collated and sent to authors with an editorial decision to:
◦ Accept the paper with minor/moderate revisions. This means the paper is accepted for publication but requires revisions. Authors must revise the paper and include a summary of changes that corresponds to reviewer feedback. Editors oversee these revisions. If revisions are not undertaken, Editors may reject the paper.
◦ Revise and resubmit. This means the paper requires extensive revisions and is not accepted for publication in the current form. Authors may choose to submit the paper to another journal; they are not obligated to resubmit to Atlantis. If re-submitting to Atlantis, authors must include a summary of changes that corresponds to reviewer feedback. Editors will consider the revised paper as a new submission. The paper will be sent for external peer review (often to the same reviewers who read the first version). Note that submissions to themed CFPs generally cannot be revised and resubmitted (and undergo a second round of peer review) as this would significantly delay publication of the issue.
◦ Reject. The paper is not suitable for Atlantis and should not be re-submitted.

Original Literary Work

Atlantis publishes original literary work that is in line with the journal’s focus. Literary work should have a clear connection to gender, feminism, anti-racism, social justice or related topics. A wide variety of styles, genres, and forms are acceptable, and we are particularly interested in those that combine scholarly interests with creative approaches. Poems must not exceed two pages; short stories and creative nonfiction must not exceed 3,000 words. Literary submissions are reviewed by our Literary Editor, Asha Jeffers, in collaboration with our Editorial Board.

Book Reviews

Atlantis invites reviews of books related to critical studies of gender, culture and social justice. This includes both scholarly and literary books. We consider reviews of single books as well as “review essays” of multiple, related books. In general, books must be recent (published within two years of the review request) or forthcoming. We are particularly interested in reviews of books by Canadian authors that contribute to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s and Gender Studies. We are not currently seeking reviews of edited collections.

Style: Atlantis publishes critical book reviews. We do not publish descriptive reviews (summaries) or editorials. Critical book reviews explore how well the author achieves their stated purpose; strengths and weaknesses of the book; and how the book fits into the larger literary genre and/or academic field. Engage the reader early on by establishing the central thesis or theme of the book and explaining how the book contributes to new knowledge in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Word Count: Reviews should be under 1000 words. Exceptions can be made for review essays.

Assessment: Book reviews are assessed and edited by the Atlantis Editorial Board and/or Guest Editors. They are not usually sent for external peer review. Please anticipate between one and three rounds of revisions.

Examples: For examples of recent book reviews, please see: Meat: A Transnational Analysis, Intersectionality, 2nd Edition, Feminist Praxis Revisited: Critical Reflections on University-Community Engagement.

Contact: Have an idea for a book you would like to review? Have a book review ready to go? Interested in writing a review essay but looking for guidance? Please contact us at atlantis.journal@msvu.ca

Interviews

Atlantis accepts submissions of interviews with individuals whose work relates to the field Women's and Gender Studies. For an example, please see, Toppled Monuments and Black Lives Matter: Race, Gender, and Decolonization in the Public Space. An Interview with Charmaine A. Nelson.

Interviews are reviewed by members of the Atlantis Editoral Board and/or Guest Editors. They are not usually sent for external peer review.

Reflections and Commentary

Atlantis welcomes reflections and commentary on the field of Women's and Gender Studies and its sub-fields. This may include reflections on recent events or conferences, commentary on trends and/or challenges in the field, discussion of the past and future of WGS and feminist publishing, and other topics.

Reflections and commentaries are reviewed by the Atlantis Editorial Board and/or Guest Editors. They are not sent for external peer review.

Word limit: 2000.

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