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Policies

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Philosophy of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

ABO accepts submissions in five sections: Scholarship, Pedagogy, Digital Humanities, Book Reviews, and Notes and Discoveries. In general we seek essays that demonstrate rigorous historical accuracy, originality, significance and potential to instruct the readers of the journal. The writing should be lucid and appropriately engaged with the best available research, and it should promote greater understanding of women’s lives, work and related gender issues from the long eighteenth century. We confine our chronological span between 1640 and 1830, but the endpoints may be considered soft. Many of the women whose lives we study cross these boundaries, and so long as the main matter of the essay pertains to our period and subject, it matters less that the chronological boundaries are observed.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 does not charge article processing or submission fees. If you have concerns about the submission terms for ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, please contact the editors.

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Scholarly Article Submission Guidelines

  • Content: Submissions should relate to the mission of the journal (i.e. focus on gender, women’s issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century).
  • Format: MS Word, PDF or rtf documents
  • Length: Articles should be between 4000-7000 words.
  • Style: Articles should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.

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Pedagogy Article Submission Guidelines

  • Content: The journal provides a space for an ongoing conversation about the practices and issues of teaching our subjects. Pedagogy articles should be concerned with the classroom experience of teaching women in the arts from 1660-1830. We encourage collaborative and innovative forms of discourse on teaching. Essays can be experimental, practical, methodological, theoretical, and/or exploratory.
  • Format: MS Word, PDF or rtf. Attachments of handouts or teaching supplements are welcome. It is preferred that images and links be embedded in one document as PDF.
  • Length: Shorter pieces on successful assignments or syllabi as well as longer essays on broader subjects are welcome (up to 8000 words).
  • Style: Articles should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.

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Digital Humanities Submission Guidelines

  • Content: The journal solicits articles that provide practical, theoretical, and critical ways of engaging with digital resources. Articles may address women’s presence (and absence) in, for instance, electronic databases, online collections and archives, data sets, interactive games, and multimedia resources. Articles should analyze or encourage new ways of looking at texts connected to women and the arts from 1640-1830.
  • Format: MS Word, PDF or rtf. For more information on embedding multimedia components, please contact Anne Greenfield, Digital Humanities Editor, at digitalhumanities.journal@aphrabehn.org.

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Book Review Submission Guidelines

  • The journal publishes two to four book reviews per issue. Reviews are typically assigned by the book review editor. If you are interested in reviewing a specific book or if you are interested in becoming a reviewer for books sent to ABO, please contact the book review editor, Robin Runia, noting the area of your specific interest. You may contact the book review editor at reviews.journal@aphrabehn.org.
  • Format: Reviews should note the author, title, publisher and ISBN number of the book reviewed. A reviewer should note his or her full name and academic affiliation. Please note that a review should be no more than 1,250 words. MS Word, PDF or rtf.
  • Copies of books for review should be forwarded to:

    Robin Runia, PhD
    Assistant Professor of English
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Drive Box 89
    New Orleans, LA 70125-1098

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Notes and Discoveries

  • Content: The purpose is to share research findings concerned with the lives and works of women writers from 1640-1830. Notes and Discoveries does not restrict submissions to the topic or themes under consideration in the ABO volume. Submissions are expected to be short and factually accurate and should follow the same style as ABO articles. Particular attention must be paid to the correct referencing of archival source material and its location, in order for future researchers to find and make use of the information being shared.
  • Format: MS Word, PDF or rtf
  • Length: Articles should be between 250 -2500 words.
  • Style: Style: submissions should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.

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Peer-Review Policies

Because ABO is committed to community and interaction, the review process is partially open. The names of the writers submitting work to the journal are withheld, but invited peer-reviewers sign their reviews of all submissions. On rare occasions, when a submission’s anonymity is not possible (e.g., when the submission revolves around the author’s personal or professional identity), ABO will make an exception with the author’s permission, and the review process will be conducted in a fully open manner.

Upon receipt of the submission, the article will be assigned to an editor. The editor will secure two scholars familiar with the material to conduct a review. Upon receipt of the reviewer reports, the editor will determine if the submission is rejected, asked for revise and resubmit, or moved forward. Essays that have been approved at this level then move to editorial review, where members of the ABO editorial team offer final assessment. The essay may be rejected, asked for revision or accepted for publication at this time.

Our goal for every essay under review is to make it a stronger work through multiple readings, constructive criticism and collaborative feedback.

Initial responses to submitted work will be returned to the author within approximately seventy days of receipt of the work.

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Formatting Requirements

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 has specific rules about the formatting of articles upon submission as noted in the sections above. For rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors

All content for ABO is licensed under a CREATIVE COMMONS ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL 4.0 INTERNATIONAL, wherein the author retains copyright. After publication, authors have the right to post pre-print or post-print versions of their article online, including on their personal, departmental, or institutional repository pages.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Scholar Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholar Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of Scholar Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Scholar Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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