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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in PDF.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

GUIDELINES FOR FULL INVITED SUBMISSIONS: 

If your proposal was accepted and you are submitting your final materials, please submit your work using the Online Journal System. Click here to submit your materials.  

Submissions should include the following:

Articles

  • Cover sheet​ including the title of your submission, your full name and your email address.
  • A scholarly abstract​ (no references) is required for use in bibliographical databases. The abstract should serve as a brief summary of your article. It must include the aims and outcomes of your research and make mention of any major personalities, collections, or locations discussed. This should be no more than 250 words.
  • The full text file ​for your submission. Texts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document with a .doc or .docx extension. 
  • A Dropbox, Google Drive or Wetransfer link to all illustrations and media that appear in the article. Full art preparation guidelines can be found here.   
  • Any necessary copyright permissions, in pdf file format. Permission instructions can be found here; a template for requesting permissions is available here.

Artworks

Music

  • Cover sheet​ including the title of your submission, your full name and your email address, names of performers or other primary contributors and the date and location of the recording.
  • The full audio file ​for your submission, converted to mp3 file format. The submission cannot exceed 50mb.
  • Any necessary copyright permissions associated with your piece, in pdf file format. Permission instructions can be found here; a template for requesting permissions is available here.

Poetry

  • Cover sheet​ including the title of your submission, your full name and your email address
  • The full text file ​for your submission. Texts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document with a .doc or .docx extension.
  • A short note in pdf file format that addresses how the poem should be formatted for publication.
  • Any necessary copyright permissions associated with your piece, in pdf file format. Permission instructions can be found here; a template for requesting permissions is available here.

Videos

  • Cover sheet​ including the title of your submission, your full name and your email address, and the names of any other important contributors.
  • The file ​for your submission in mp4 format.  The file cannot exceed 50mb.
  • Any necessary copyright permissions associated with your piece, in pdf file format. Permission instructions can be found here; a template for requesting permissions is available here.

Still Images

  • Cover sheet​ including the title of your submission, your full name and your email address, and the names of any other important contributors.
  • The file ​for your submission in PNG, JPEG or TIFF format, and of a suitable standard to reproduce, at least 300 dpi.  Full art preparation guidelines can be found here.   
  • Any necessary copyright permissions associated with your piece, in pdf file format. Permission instructions can be found here; a template for requesting permissions is available here.

ARTICLE SPECIFIC PREPARATION GUIDELINES

All texts should be original. Neither previously published work, nor work under consideration for publication elsewhere, will be accepted. Texts must be submitted in English.

Formatting

  • For articles and commentaries, figure references should be included in the text (in parentheses, e.g. ‘(fig. 1)’) and the images labelled numerically (not descriptively). Low-res image files, if available, may be uploaded initially, and hi-res versions sent subsequently, if the submission is accepted. ​For more information on media and captioning, please see “Illustrations and Media”.
  • Ensure that references are provided in the endnotes for all quotations.
  • Please do not use headers and footers.
  • Please paginate all submissions.

House Style

Please use Chicago (author-date) style for in-text citations (cf. The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition);  ​Refer to the manual for guidance on internal style and crafting reference citations. 

Please adhere to the following house style preferences:

  • All texts should be single spaced 
  • Paragraphs should be indicated by a line-space, not indented.
  • Bold type and underlining should not be used.
  • In the main text, italicize titles of books and journals (please do not use underlining).
  • Put titles of articles, doctoral theses and exhibitions in single inverted commas.
  • Illustrations should be referred to in text as: (fig. 2) etc.
  • Notes should be formatted as endnotes, with Arabic numerals.

Spelling

Follow American English usage e.g. color, center, recognize, etc.

Quotations​

Set within double inverted commas; quotations within quotations in single inverted commas. Quotations more than six lines long should start on the next line and should be indented.

Illustrations and media

If your article includes figures or illustrations, please submit them as high-resolution [3000 dpi] TIFF files using Dropbox, Google drive or Wetransfer link. Full art preparation guidelines can be found here.

If the images are not the work of the author, please begin acquiring images and clearing rights as soon as your article or review has been accepted. Permission instructions can be found here; a template for requesting permissions is available here.

All images must have been cleared for copyright purposes and all costs and permissions to reproduce are the responsibility of the contributor, who must provide correct credit lines for the image as well as the digital files. Online rights must be obtained from the rights-holder. Openwork illustrates its digital publication in full color, although grayscale images may be accepted  depending on the source material.

The Journal also accepts multimedia additions to its articles. Copyright clearance and any associated costs for permissions for audio and video recordings, or other varieties of digital media, are the sole responsibility of the author.

Captions

  • Please number figures in order and make sure that image files can be clearly identified from their file-names.
  • All images must have a catalogue-style caption supplied as a separate list. Captions should include:
    • Maker
    • Title (in italics)
    • Date
    • Medium
    • Measurements (in centimeters or meters)
    • Location (Institution, Geographic Location)
    • Copyright statement
    • Courtesy line and/or photo credit

Example:

Fig 1.​ Yinka Shonibare, ​The Swing (after Fragonard),​ 2001, mannequin, cotton costume, 2 slippers, swing seat, 2 ropes, oak twig and artificial foliage, 3.3 x 3.5 x 2.2 m (Tate, London) © Yinka Shonibare; image courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

SELECTION FOR PUBLICATION

  • Authors will be alerted by an editor as to whether their submission has been accepted, declined, or a revision requested.
  • If a revision is requested, authors should carefully consider and respond to the referee comments, and resubmit.
  • Authors of accepted papers will receive proofs of their article 3-5 weeks after the decision is sent. Timely attention to proofs will ensure the article is prepared in time for publication of the next issue.

RESUBMISSIONS

Submissions not accepted for publication because they did not fit the scope of the issue’s themes, may be resubmitted. If you would like to resubmit, please include a cover letter detailing when you originally made your submission and the comments you were provided.

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