Style Guide

General Submission Guidelines

To ensure proper formatting, please download and use our MS Word template for submission.

Types of submissions:

  1. Articles/essays – theoretical or practical discussion of popular culture and/or pedagogy
    • MLA or APA format.
    • 5,000-7,000 (inclusive of abstract, endnotes, and works cited).
  2. Applications in the Classroom – direct discussion and/or practical suggestions and examples of using popular culture in teaching and learning
    • MLA or APA format.
    • 4,000-6,000 (inclusive of abstract, endnotes, and works cited).
  3. Reviews – essays reviewing books, films, games, conferences, etc. as they relate to popular culture and/or pedagogy
    • MLA or APA format.
    • Length: 1,200-1,800 (inclusive of endnotes and citations).
  4. Proposals for Special Issues – include a brief description (up to 500 words) of the topic to be considered, titles of 6-8 articles, and short bios (up to 250 words) of all authors and editors.

*If you unsure about the fit of your work for Dialogue, feel free to email us to inquire.

Additional Guidelines and Review Process

Submissions should:

  • not be previously published or simultaneously submitted to other journals or anthologies for publication;
  • be written in clear US English;
  • avoid jargon and language that is discriminatory or inflammatory in nature;
  • conform to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, seventh edition (2009), or APA Manual, 6th edition (2010).

Please contact us for any additional questions regarding our style guide.

The outcomes of the review process are:

  • Accept: the essay is approved for publication excepting sentence-level grammatical and mechanical editing concerns.

  • Accept with revisions: the essay offers scholarship valuable to Popular Culture studies, but based on reviewer comments, some revision, clarification, or reorganization is necessary. If the essay is revised in keeping with the reviewer suggestions, it will be accepted for publication in a future issue of the Journal.

  • Revise and resubmit: the essay has the potential to be publishable material, but the review suggestions indicate that revisions in scope, research, and/or style are necessary prior to a reconsideration of the essay. Authors are encouraged to revise accordingly and resubmit the essay, at which point it will be forwarded for double-blind review once more.

  • Reject: the essay does not fit the scope and/or scholarly requirements for publication.

Submission may be returned prior to the review process if the editors determine the essay does not fit the scholarly requirements for publication and/or the scope of the Journal.