General Submission Guidelines

To ensure proper formatting, please download and use our MS Word template for submission. Submit your final documents (1. title page, 2. full document, 3. blinded document) via our online form.

Types of submissions:

  1. Articles – in-depth articles/essays addressing a 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)
    • Double-blind peer reviewed
    • To be considered for publication (3 issues per year)
  2. Reviews – short articles 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)
    • Editorial review
    • To be considered for online first publication
  3. Musings: Pedagogy and Popular Culture — short articles, such as highlighting applications in the classroom, best practices in teaching and learning both inside and outside the classroom, new multimodal approaches, insights into popular culture, and/or additional items/ideas not fitting neatly into a scholarly article
    • Authors can use MLA, APA or a creative format
    • Length: typical length is approximately 1,500 words (with flexibility if needed)
    • Editorial review
    • To be considered for online first publication
  4. Proposals for Special Issues – description of proposed special issue including 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

When submitting, you confirm that your work is:

  • not previously published or simultaneously submitted to other journals or anthologies for publication;
  • written in clear US English;
  • without the use of jargon and language that is discriminatory or inflammatory in nature;
  • conforming to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 9th edition (2021), or APA Manual, 7th edition (2020).

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

The outcomes of the review process are:

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

  • Accept with revisions: the article/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 article/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 article/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.

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