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Submission Guidelines

We publish papers of between 4,000-6,000 words and, from time to time, papers of between 12,000-15,000 words. We are interested in manuscripts both by widely known members of the field and by first time authors. Papers must not be under review elsewhere or have been previously published. All submissions will go through a blind peer review process and authors should expect to be notified of a decision within 45 days of receipt of the manuscript.

Submissions to: Jonathan Silin, Editor, Occasional Paper Series,

Submissions that do not follow the following guidelines will not be reviewed.   


  • APA formatting
  • 100 word abstract
  • Sent in Microsoft Word document
  • No all caps. Use only Title Case.

Graphs, Tables

  • Number and title inserted into text
  • Graphs should be submitted as images, see image requirements for more details
  • Tables created using Microsoft Word will be accepted as embedded in the word text


  • All images must have a minimum width of 537px
  • A minimum resolution of 72dpi
  • Insert number and title of image into the text
  • Send images in separate document as .jpg
  • Do not embed images into text formatting application, such as a Microsoft Word document


  • Upload videos to YouTube. Make public. Insert video title and url link into text
  • Do not embed videos directly into text


  • Please upload audio files to SoundCloud [] and then share URL
  • Audio should be edited in 5-7 minute segments



All research must adhere local IRB guidelines. Additionally, if informants are directly quoted or their words paraphrased then authors must notify them of the potential publication in the Occasional Paper series.


Authors must have signed permissions to use images of people and/or their work. If the submission is accepted, we will ask you to confirm that you have this informed consent documentation by submitting an Informed Consent Documentation form. The public aspect of an online journal makes this especially important.

Writing for Online Reading

People read differently online than when they read print materials. For online reading, we encourage authors to adopt a reader-friendly, accessible style including:

  • paragraphs of approx. 150 words or 3-5 sentences
  • subheadings to break-up otherwise dense blocks of text
  • bullet points for lists and key points