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Policies

Website translation in Spanish available here. Portuguese translation coming soon.

General Submission Rules

We welcome submissions from graduate students, scholars, authors, and experts in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. Articles must be original and may not have been previously published in any other media in order to be considered for publication in Alambique. Authors must own the copyright to the work being submitted or are 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).

Any material submitted to Alambique cannot be under current review at another journal (electronic or print) and should not be submitted to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the decision process at Alambique.

Alambique does not charge article processing or submission fees. 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.

Formatting Requirements

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted via the Alambique online manuscript submission and review system.

Before submitting a paper, you must have a Bepress account. If you already have a Bepress log-in, you will be prompted to enter it and continue. New users will need to register for an account. First, click "Submit Manuscript" in the sidebar. Then click "Create Free Account" and enter your name, email address, and preferred password. You should immediately receive a confirmation email at the address provided; click on the link in the email and proceed with your submission. If you require assistance, please contact the Journal Staff at scholarcommons@usf.edu.

Manuscript Style and Format

  • Format and Style

    All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format, following the latest MLA style, using endnotes.

  • Abstract

    Authors should provide an abstract of no more than 200 words, written in the language of the article. There is an area to copy-and-paste abstracts on the online submission form.

  • Author Biography

    Manuscripts should include a brief author biography — 100 words maximum.

  • Keywords

    Authors should provide 4-6 keywords to facilitate online searching. Keywords should be entered where indicated on the online submission form.

  • Length

    Alambique publishes articles of about 10,000 words in length. Occasionally, the Journal will consider shorter or longer submissions on a case-by-case basis.

  • Getting Help

    If you have forgotten your log-in information, simply click the "Forgot Password" link and follow the prompts to have it emailed to you.

    If you wish to contact the Journal Staff regarding a submission, simply click the "My Account" link at the top of the page, followed by the title of your submission, and then "Email editor."

    If you need to contact staff prior to submitting a manuscript, please email scholarcommons@usf.edu. If you need additional help at any time, you can click on the help signs (question mark icons).

    Copyright for authors and Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasia / Jornal acadêmico de ficção científica e fantasía

    Beginning in 2016, authors will retain copyright under a Creative Commons License. When submitting an article, authors must agree to the following when submitting a manuscript for consideration:

    I hereby grant to the USF Tampa Library and the journal publisher the nonexclusive, royalty-free right to distribute, display, and archive this work in a digital and/or print format for non-commercial educational and research uses during the full term of copyright. I warrant that I have the copyright to make this grant to the USF Tampa Library and the journal publisher unencumbered and complete. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

    Following publication, the author’s rights will be protected under Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

    Those seeking an exception, or who have questions about usage policies, should contact the editors.

    Open Access Policy for Users

    Alambique is an open access journal, meaning that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author for non-commercial purposes. Nonetheless, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the license. This open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative's (BOAI) definition of open access.

    Attribution and Usage Policies

    Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by written agreement of Alambique, requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the Creative Commons License.

    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the Scholar Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the 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 provisions, 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 the USF Libraries, the journal publisher, and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

    Please contact the editors if you have any additional questions.