SPECTRA CfP Issue 7.1
SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives
The ASPECT Journal
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Issue 7.1, Fall 2018
The editors of SPECTRA: The ASPECT Journal invite scholarly work in all areas of social,
political, ethical, and cultural thought for the Fall 2018 issue.
We invite the submission of academic articles, book reviews, and original artwork for publication
in volume 7.1. Submissions may speak to individual social science or humanities fields, or apply
an interdisciplinary lens to contemporary theoretical, critical, empirical, or policy-oriented
We publish bold and eclectic contributions. Past articles have focused on sovereignty in the city,
Afghan and Iraqi refugee crises, cultural colonization in Mongolia, financial governance and
debt, applied Marcuse and Foucault to The Purge, and explored the relationship between
Hip-Hop, globalization, and identity construction, among many others.
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 is designed to provide an academic
forum to showcase research, explore controversial topics, 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.
Full submissions are due by Monday, September 17, 2018.
Please visit our website for more information about submission guidelines , also included
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SPECTRA Editorial Team:
Caroline Alphin, editor
Emma Stamm, editor-elect
Robert Flahive, editor-elect
SPECTRA Submission Guidelines
Submitting Your Work:
We welcome 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 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.
Submission of manuscripts for peer review
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 (see
below for additional submission guidelines).
Instructions for Attributed Files
On the 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) a brief statement as to how the manuscript contributes to the issue theme and is of
interest to a broad audience (d) indication of interest in participating in a short interview
describing your work for posting on the journal website.
Instructions for Anonymous Files
Email a complete version of the manuscript with no author names, addresses, or other
identifiers to the editor at email@example.com .
SPECTRA uses Chicago documentary note citation style. For additional formatting information
please consult the Chicago Manual of Style
( http://library.williams.edu/citing/styles/chicago1.php ). All references and citations should follow
the indicated guidelines.
Manuscripts of 5,000 words or less (unless by permission of the editors) should be
double-spaced, including references, and on 8 ½ x 11 paper using one inch margins.
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
● 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
n 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