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Focus and Scope

SPECTRA is a graduate student-run, peer reviewed scholarly journal hosted at Virginia Tech. The journal features interdisciplinary work and provides an academic forum to explore controversial topics and take intellectual risks. Its aim is to highlight the power of interdisciplinary work and provide a platform for scholars to work across disciplines and experiment methodologically. SPECTRA accepts scholarly submissions from graduate-students, early career professionals, and established thinkers.

SPECTRA welcomes critically oriented articles, book reviews, film and popular culture reviews, artwork, and interviews. We encourage submissions from the humanities, and social sciences advancing theoretical work.

SPECTRA publishes bi-annually. Please see the current call for papers for details regarding how to submit. The journal will, on occasion solicit submissions for thematically focused special issues.

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes bi-annually, through scheduled Call for Papers. Occasionally, the editors will decide on a special issue, published as a third issue during the year. 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services.

All content published in SPECTRA is archived and preserved to a collection for long-term, open access preservation through the Virginia Tech Library Institutional Repository, VT Works.



Founded in 2011, the Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives (SPECTRA) specializes in critical interdisciplinary work showcasing peer-reviewed articles, book reviews, film analysis, interviews and artwork. We welcome submissions from graduate students, early career professionals, and established scholars interested in advancing the field of critical theory. We accept engagements from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities,  and encourage submissions working across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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