Call for papers for the undergraduate journal Stance

Posted on November 16th, 2011 by

CALL FOR PAPERS
Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines:
Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in length (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. They are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality.

Submission Procedures:
• Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and sent as an attachment to ballstatestance@gmail.com
• Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes)
• The right margin should not be justified
• To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address. Papers, including footnotes, should have no other identifying markers.
• Footnotes should follow Chicago Manual of Style. Examples are on our website under Notes for Contributors.
• Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at http://stance.iweb.bsu.edu/or contact us at ballstatestance@gmail.com

DEADLINE: Friday, December 16, 2011

 

CALL FOR BOOK REVIEWS
Stance seeks book reviews by current undergraduates of monographs, anthologies, and secondary sources in any area of philosophy.

Submission Guidelines:
Reviews may be 750-1000 words. Reviewed books must be currently in print and not part of public domain. Stance prefers reviews of books used in a class the reviewer is currently taking or has recently completed.

Submission Procedures:
• Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and sent as an attachment to ballstatestance@gmail.com
• Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes)
• The right margin should not be justified
• To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address. Papers, including footnotes, should have no other identifying markers.
• Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and when used should follow Chicago Manual of Style. Examples are on our website under Notes for Contributors.
• Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

Recommended Format:
A good book review provides a quick overview of the main ideas in the text. Also helpful is an account of how the book fits into or engages an on-going philosophical debate. While not required, a compare and contrast approach can be useful to demonstrate both the main ideas and unique positioning of a book. An overview for a book review is good when it is broad and concise, including all and only the main points of the text. A good book review evaluates the text and deploys an argument regarding how successful the book is in achieving its own goals. This may, but need not, involve substantive disagreement with the argumentation found in the text. Many reviews will be best when they (i) begin with any important background information (e.g. author biography), (ii) provide a summary of the contents of the book, and (iii) end with the reviewer’s evaluation. The voice in book reviews must be obvious; readers should easily differentiate between the ideas of the book’s author from those of the reviewer. Book reviews for Stance should be accessible to the widest audience possible without sacrificing clarity or rigor. Avoid unnecessary technical or elevated language.

For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at http://stance.iweb.bsu.edu/or contact us at ballstatestance@gmail.com

DEADLINE: Friday, December 16, 2011

CALL FOR MUSINGS
Stance seeks philosophy-inspired or philosophy-rich creative work for our “Musings” section, including creative writing, poetry, flash fiction, visual art, and music.

Submission Guidelines:
Current undergraduates may submit a written work no longer than 3000 words, visual art, or music. A 300-word articulation of how the work is related to at least one significant philosophical idea or theme is also required. When appropriate, these 300 word blurbs will be published alongside the work. Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one work for the journal per year. Works will be evaluated by appropriate criteria that may include but are not limited to: grace, vivacity, movement (development or conflict & resolution), immediacy, evocative power, and most importantly, association with at least one philosophical idea or theme. Please address any questions about submissions to ballstatestance@gmail.com

Submission Procedures:
• If possible, work submitted for consideration in the “Musings” section should be sent as an attachment to ballstatestance@gmail.com
• If e-mail submission is inappropriate due to the format of the work, submissions may also be sent via post:
Stance
Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies, NQ 204
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306-0500
• Submissions will be returned if a stamped, self-addressed packaging is provided to Stance by the creator of the work. Stance is not liable for damage to the work during mailing or review.

For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at http://stance.iweb.bsu.edu/or contact us at ballstatestance@gmail.com

DEADLINE: Friday, December 16, 2011 (Postmark Deadline: December 9)

 

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