As a special topics journal, Studies in the Literary Imagination does not accept unsolicited articles for publication. Any scholar who wishes to propose a special issue topic for which he or she will serve as Guest Editor may do so in a proposal to the SLI Committee.
Submission guidelines for Studies in the Literary Imagination are listed below. From inception to completion, the publication of a journal issue takes approximately two years. The Guest Editor is expected to notify the journal’s Assistant Editor or Managing Editor of progress at regular intervals; they, in turn, will endeavor to assist you in every possible way.
1. The prospective Guest Editor(s) must submit to the editors and to the Studies in the Literary Imagination Committee a full description of the scope and content of the proposed issue (1,000–1,500 words) along with his or her CV. Proposals must include a working title and an overview of the proposed topic, including its purpose and current relevance to literary scholarship.
2. The Guest Editor must submit along with his or her proposal a list of names of prospective contributors and their academic affiliations, along with a brief description of each contributor’s proposed article (or, if able, submit the article). The Guest Editor and Managing Editor may agree to make changes to the list of contributors as the project develops.
3. The Committee will notify the prospective Guest Editor whether or not the proposal has been approved within sixty days of its receipt.
4. The Guest Editor will be responsible for the introduction to the issue, the necessary correspondence with contributors (including the distribution of author guidelines, general procedures, deadlines and so on) and the initial editing of the articles.
5. The journal’s editors reserve the right to refuse individual articles once completed versions have been submitted and reviewed.
6. Whereas the final editing will be the responsibility of SLI’s editors, it is expected that they will work closely with the Guest Editor in preparing a final text of the issue.
7. It is required that all essays in each issue of the journal, with the exception of the introductory essay by the Guest Editor, will be contributed by scholars who are not members of the faculty of the Department of English at Georgia State University. Any departure from the plan or list of contributors as originally proposed must be approved by the SLI Committee before the Guest Editor proceeds.
Articles should not exceed 30 pages in length (at no more than 280 words per page), including notes.
Double-space throughout, including text, extracts, quotations and endnotes. Type endnotes separately on pages following the text (do not embed them within the text). Follow style guidelines established in the third edition of the MLA Style Manual (2016). In general, avoid any formatting of article text.
Articles will be returned to authors for a review of copy editing. Proofreading is the author’s responsibility. Authors are also responsible for obtaining permissions to quote extracts or reproduce photographs. Permissions and photo acknowledgments should be included in caption copy. Copies of permissions granted should be forwarded to SLI.
Provide high-quality (300 dpi) digital images (glossy prints in color or in black and white of good quality, focus, contrast and surface condition are also acceptable). Final acceptance of illustrations is conditional upon receipt of good-quality photos for reproduction. Provide a separate listing of photo captions, including all necessary credits and permission lines and copies of all relevant permissions agreements. Indicate cropping on a separate photocopy. If original paper photos are submitted, they can be returned following publication.
SLI only runs black and white photos in the journal; color images can be used on the front and back covers.
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