Style Guide

General Submission Guidelines

Articles/essays

  • Submitted electronically to editors@journaldialogue.org as a Microsoft Word document,
  • MLA or APA format,
  • Omit author(s) names within the manuscript,
  • 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1″ margins on all sides,
  • Length: 5,000-7,000 (inclusive of abstract, endnotes, and works cited.
  • Submit manuscript with:
    • 10 keywords;
    • abstract (250-300);
    • endnotes if applicable;
    • author bio (up to 100 words);
    • works cited.

Reviews

  • Submitted electronically to editors@journaldialogue.org as a Microsoft Word document,
  • MLA or APA format,
  • Omit author(s) names within the manuscript,
  • 12 pt Times New Roman font with 1″ margins on all sides,
  • Length: 1,200-1,800 (inclusive of endnotes and citations).
  • Submit review with:
    • endnotes if applicable;
    • author bio (up to 100 words);
    • works cited.

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

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

*If you are considering submitting a manuscript to Dialogue, know that we are always happy to review abstracts to assess the fit prior to submittal.

Additional Submission Guidelines and Review Process

Submissions should:

  • not be previously published or simultaneously submitted to other journals or anthologies for publication;
  • be 5,000-7,000 words in length, inclusive of abstract, endnotes (no footnotes), and citations;
  • employ parenthetical in-text citations, endnotes (if necessary), and a Works Cited page;
  • be written in clear US English in active voice and third person;
  • avoid jargon and language that is discriminatory or inflammatory in nature;
  • conform to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, seventh edition (2009).

Please refer to the MLA Handbook for additional questions regarding grammar, punctuation, and usage.

Submit documents using Microsoft Word, and remove the author’s name from the abstract, essay, and running header to facilitate the blind review process.

Submissions will be forwarded to two members of the Editorial Board for double-blind review, and comments will be returned to the author upon conclusion of the review process.

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.