SPECTRA is an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal established as part of the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) program at Virginia Tech. The journal features work of an interdisciplinary nature and provides an academic forum to showcase research, explore emerging scholarly issues, and take intellectual risks. SPECTRA welcomes submissions for publication by way of scholarly refereed articles, book reviews, essays, and other works that operate within a problem-centered, theory-driven framework.
We invite the submission of academic articles, book reviews, and original artwork for publication in volume 8.2, which we hope will be a forum to bring academic discourse to current events, including situating them in historical, economic, and global contexts. Submissions may speak to individual fields in the social sciences or humanities, or apply an interdisciplinary lens to current theoretical, critical, empirical, or policy-oriented subjects.
We publish bold and eclectic work. We are interested in articles that utilize theory-driven frameworks and apply them to critically applied topics. The Covid-19 outbreak, Black Lives Matter protests, and the removal of Confederate monuments are a few notable and desirable topics for volume 8.2. We are especially interested in research that employs interdisciplinary methodologies as well as implements features of public histories, cultural colonialism, and state violence.
To be considered for volume 8.2, submissions must be received by Monday, November 16, 2020. SPECTRA does accept rolling submissions, and submissions received after November 16 will be considered for future volumes.
Please visit our website (spectrajournal.org) for information about the submission guidelines and to view previous publications.
For additional questions and concerns, email journalSPECTRA@gmail.com.
SPECTRA Editorial Team:
Sarah Plummer, editor Shaun Respess, editor Maddie Tepper, editor-elect Jordan Fallon, editor-elect
Submitting Your Work:
SPECTRA Submission Guidelines
We welcome the submission of scholarly articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, reflections, response essays, and other selected non-peer-reviewed work.
Please submit all text submissions as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) attachments to the SPECTRA team at journalSPECTRA@gmail.com. On the manuscript cover page, please include (a) complete contact information for all contributing authors including graduate program, year in program, and email address; (b) title, keywords and abstract; and (c) indication of interest in participating in a short interview describing your work for posting on the journal website. There should be no identifying information on the remaining pages.
We also encourage multimedia texts, including podcasts, video compositions, and other creative works.
SPECTRA uses Chicago documentary note citation style. For additional information on proper formatting, please consult the most recent Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition) at http://library.williams.edu/citing/styles/chicago1.php. All references and citations should follow the indicated guidelines.
Manuscripts of around 5,000 words (unless by permission of the editors) should be double- spaced, include references, and fit onto 8 1⁄2 x 11 paper using one inch margins.
Statement of Competing Interests:
Please include a brief statement of any potential competing interests with the submission. Competing interests are defined as those potential influences that may undermine the objectivity, integrity or perceived conflict of interest of a publication.
SPECTRA invites book reviews. If you are interested in writing a book review, please email the editor-in-chief. The editor will add your name to a roster for upcoming reviews as books become available. Please let the editor know if you are interested in reviewing a particular book, and the journal will try to acquire a copy; however, this may not always be possible.
Book reviews may focus on a single work or several related works. Submissions should consider the purpose of the journal in book selection: a book review is not simply a summary and critique
of a book, but views the book within the context of the larger academic discipline. Appropriate book reviews should consider the background of the book’s author, the soundness of the argument and methods, and how the book fits into the larger academic debates raised within SPECTRA. Selected books should be no longer than five years from publication.
At the beginning of your review, please include the following information for the book(s) being reviewed:
Full citation in Chicago format
Title of the review
On average, book reviews should be approximately 1,500-2,000 words.
Submissions related to the theme of the edition are preferred, but not required
In a brief bio at the end of your review, please include (a) complete contact information including graduate program, year in program, and email address; (b) the title, file format, and file size of your piece; and (c) a brief statement indicating how the piece relates to the issue’s theme.
Posted on 21 Sep 2020