Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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.
- PLEASE NOTE: Atlantis is not currently open to unthemed submissions. Only authors contributing to a themed CFP or authors revising a previously reviewed paper may submit work. We hope to re-open unthemed submissions in early 2023. Thank you.
- The submission has not been previously published, 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.
Editorials are submitted by the Journal Editor and/or Issue Editors. Editorials introduce and describe a particular journal issue or section. General commentaries may be submitted under "Reflections and Commentary."
Atlantis considers original, unpublished scholarly research in the field of critical studies in gender, culture and social justice.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).
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Research Notes communicate research in-progress or preliminary insights. Research Notes should include the general thesis or goal of the work; the purpose for undertaking the work and how it contributes to the field of study; a brief discussion of the theoretical basis and methodology; current state of the work and estimated timeline.
Research Notes are reviewed by Atlantis Editorial Board members and/or Guest Editors. They are not sent to external peer reviewers.
Length: Maximum 1000 words and under 15 citations.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
2. Authors are aware that articles published in Atlantis are indexed and made available through various scholarly and professional search tools, including but not limited to Erudit.
3. 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.
4. Authors are permitted and encouraged to preprint their work, that is, post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process. This can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Read more on preprints here.
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