Call for Papers
Spectra Issue 10.1
SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal
Submissions Due: Friday, October 28, 2022
The editors of SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal invite scholarly work in all areas of social, political, ethical, and cultural thought for issue 10.1.
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, essays, poetry, and original artwork for publication in volume 10.1. Submissions may speak to individual social science or humanities fields, or apply an interdisciplinary lens to contemporary theoretical, critical, empirical, or policy-oriented subjects.
We publish bold and eclectic work. Recent articles have centered on biopolitics, affect theory, kinship relational networks, critical security studies, digital capitalism, and interdisciplinary methodologies, among other topics in contemporary social and humanistic thought.
Full submissions are due Friday, October 28, 2022.
Please visit our website for more information about submission guidelines,also included below.
For more information, email journalSPECTRA@gmail.com
SPECTRA Editorial Team:
Samuel Beckenhauer, editor
Leah Ramnath, editor
SPECTRA Submission Guidelines
Submitting Your Work:
We welcome the submission of scholarly articles for peer review, as well as book reviews, reflections, response essays, poetry, artwork, 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 website at https://spectrajournal.org/. You will need to create your own account to submit your work. We also encourage multimedia texts, including podcasts, video compositions, and other creative works.
SPECTRA requires the submission of two versions of manuscripts for peer review, one anonymous and one attributed. All manuscripts must use Chicago endnote-style citations.
Instructions for Attributed Files
On the cover page, please include: (1) complete contact information for all contributing authors including graduate program, year in program, and email address; (2) title, keywords and abstract; and (3) 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.
Instructions for Anonymous Files
Email a complete version of the manuscript with no author names, addresses, or other identifiers to the editor at journalSPECTRA@gmail.com
SPECTRA uses Chicago documentary note citation style. For additional formatting information please consult the Chicago Manual of Style. All references and citations should follow the indicated guidelines.
Manuscripts of 5,000 words or fewer (unless by permission of the editors) should be double-spaced, including references, and on 8 ½ 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 those potential influences that may undermine a publication's objectivity, integrity, or perceived conflict of interest.
SPECTRA invites book reviews. If you are interested in writing book reviews, 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
● ISBN number
● 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: (1) complete contact information including graduate program, year in program, and email address; (2) the title, file format, and file size of your piece; and (3) a brief statement indicating how the piece relates to the issue’s theme
Posted on 14 Sep 2022