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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submitted essay is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • The submission is written in one of the journal languages: Dutch, French, Spanish, US English, UK English, or Papiamento.
  • The submission is either an original empirical research article, 3,000–7,000 words in length (including notes and references/bibliography), or a book review or an arts exhibit review, 750-1,000 words in length.
  • If the submission is a research article, it includes an abstract with no more than 200 words in the original language of the article and, in the case of a research article in a language other than English, it also includes an abstract in English.
  • If the submission is a research article, no reference to the author’s name is included within the article.

Author Guidelines

  • The submission should not have been previously published, nor should it be before another journal for consideration.
  • The submitted essay should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.
  • The text should be single-spaced; use a 12-point font; and employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text should adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Submissions can be written in any of the journal languages: Dutch, French, Spanish, US English, UK English, or Papiamento.
  • Submissions being sought are original empirical research articles, 3,000–7,000 words in length (including notes and references/bibliography). Submissions could also take the form of a book review or an arts exhibit review, 750-1,000 words in length. Although reviews should be written in any of the journal languages, the books being reviewed could be written in any language, even those beyond the journal languages.
  • Research articles should include an abstract with no more than 200 words in the original language of the article and, in the case of those articles in a language other than English, also an abstract in English.
  • All submitted articles will go through the peer review process. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection of research articles will be based on the feedback received from editors and reviewers and the discretion of the Editor in Chief. Final decision on book/arts reviews will be based on the discretion of the Book/Arts Review Editors and the Editor in Chief.
  • Since a double-blind review process is being pursued for research articles, no reference to the author’s name should be included within those articles.
  • The submission should be aligned with the scope of the journal:
    • Caribbean Studies from a multilingual, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multicultural point of view (perspectives from one or more disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Visual & Performing Arts)
    • Works by scholars and practitioners that reflect the Greater Caribbean region or any of its parts – including Central America and the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and South America and extending to Northeast Brazil
    • Research and analysis which also document the importance of the Caribbean’s connection to the African continent and that of the Caribbean people throughout the Diaspora, especially in United States, Canada, and Europe
  • Since the journal will be serving as a window to what is going on in different Caribbean Studies subfields, vocabulary used in submissions should be accessible to colleagues from different subdisciplines and, to the extent possible, background references (which might otherwise be considered obvious for scholars within the subfield of the submission) should be included for the benefit of the broader audience.

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