Alternative Realities: Myths, Lies, Truths, and Half-Truths (Articles: 6/15/2018)

deadline for submissions: 
June 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Abbes Maazaoui / Lincoln University
contact email: 

The Lincoln Humanities Journal is requesting submissions for its 6th special issue, to be published in December 2018, on the topic of Alternative Realities: Myths, Lies, Truths, and Half-Truths. Contributors are invited to examine (a) the truths of what is fact and what is fiction; (b) the real, the fake and their representations: art, illusion and history; (c) the misuse of deception; and (d) the ethical, cultural, political, and social ambivalence toward myths, lies, truths, and half-truths.

We welcome approaches across a broad range of disciplines such as anthropology, political science, religion, popular culture, literature, philosophy, visual arts, and the media. Authors are encouraged to explore how this theme is represented in their own discipline, or how their discipline is affected by it.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Fact and/or fiction; Real, surreal, unreal
  • Believable, unbelievable
  • Deception, deceit, manipulation, entertainment
  • Arts of illusion: film, theater, literature, virtual reality, extraterrestrial
  • Myths, placebos, fakes, hoaxes, decoys
  • Trust, mistrust, betrayal
  • Plagiarism, disguise, misrepresentation, persona, masquerade
  • Scientific myths, popular myths, beliefs
  • Search for truth, voyeurism, undercover operations, spying, lie detectors
  • Failure of ethics
  • Concept of truth in philosophy and science
  • Representations of alternative realities in literature, cinema, television and mass media

 Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Deadline for Submissions:                  June 15, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification:                     60 days after submission
  • Projected Date of Publication:             December 2018         

 Submission Guidelines

  1. Include an abstract of 200-400 words (in MS Word)
  2. Include a biographical note of 50-250 words (in MS Word)
  3. The article should be 4000-6000 words, including the abstract, the footnotes and the works cited
  4. Include the following statement in the cover e-mail: “I solemnly confirm that the attached manuscript has never been published elsewhere, under this, or another title."
  5. Include name, professional affiliation, phone number, and email address in the cover e-mail.
  6. If needed, written permission(s) from the copyright holder(s) to reproduce any copyright images, visuals or materials quoted beyond the fair use as defined by the Copyright Law of the United States should be obtained by the author upon article acceptance.

 Formatting Guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should conform to MLA-style guidelines as detailed in recent editions of MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing.
  2. Use font Times New Roman # 12. The entire article, including the abstract and the indented quotations, should be double-spaced, and in MS Word.
  3. The final submission must comply with other formatting guidelines, to be communicated upon notification of acceptance.

 Submission & Review Process

  • Articles should be submitted electronically to Abbes Maazaoui, Editor (
  • Articles undergo a (double) blind review process.

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