Please read the following submission guidelines carefully to ensure that your submission will be considered for acceptance.
The Spring/Summer 2015 Issue will cover a full range of topics in International Development Studies, as The Undercurrent celebrates 10 years of publishing high quality undergraduate student work. The submission deadline for the April 2015 Issue of the Undercurrent is January 31st, 2015.
Accepted authors will be eligible for an honorarium towards travel costs to attend InSight, the national student development studies conference, occurring in June 2015 at the University of Ottawa. Accepted authors of full manuscripts will also be eligible, if they so choose, to present their paper at the conference.
Overview and Eligibility
Undercurrent publishes well-supported, well-reasoned essays, short commentaries, and research on international development issues by Canadian undergraduate students. Although thematically relevant papers from all disciplines are welcome, the journal does not publish fiction, poetry, or creative writing.
Papers may include coursework past or present. Only work written while the author is enrolled as an undergraduate is eligible. Students who have graduated have six months (from day of convocation) may submit work to the journal. Only one submission per author will be accepted for consideration per issue. Previously published work is not eligible for inclusion in Undercurrent. If you have questions about the appropriateness of your manuscript, artwork or commentary, please e-mail the journal with a brief description of the work. The editorial board would be glad, as time permits, to indicate its level of interest and/or ways in which you might consider revising your work.
Manuscripts may be written in English or French.
Submission & Review ProcessSubmissions should be sent in via our online submission form. However, we have been experiencing difficulties with this form as of late. While we are trying to fix this problem, please send manuscripts and required information to firstname.lastname@example.org if the submission form does not allow you to submit your manuscript.
Acceptance is determined by the editorial board, with the input of faculty advisors from universities across Canada. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Relevance to the field of IDS
- Relevance to a broad audience
- Creativity & originality of argument
- Clarity of expression
Manuscripts are refereed anonymously, undergoing two blind reviews by undergraduate editors. Authors’ identities are held in strict confidence by the Editor-in-Chief, whose role is to administer the board’s activities and whose vote in editorial matters is never decisive. The publication process runs for approximately three months — from the submissions deadline until the publication date of any given issue.
Publication of selected papers and written commentary is conditional and contingent upon editing. With respect to submissions accepted for publication, corrections of spelling and grammatical errors or changes to improve clarity may be made by the editors without consent of the author; however, substantive changes will not be undertaken without the author’s consent.
Manuscripts should be set in 12-point Times New Roman font aligned left, double-spaced, titled, and have numbered pages. The title and any headings should be centred and bolded.
The information required for submission is:
- The author’s name
- Article title
- The theme the submission has been written for
- An abstract of no more than 150 words (abstract not required for short essays, reflections, or commentaries)
- Total word count of article (excluding tables, figures, and references)
- A short biographical sketch (including name of university, current year of study, expected year of graduation, major or intended major, and e-mail address)
- Any acknowledgements (if necessary)
- Name and e-mail address of a faculty member able to verify that the work was authored solely by an undergraduate student
Any identifying information (ie. the author’s name, class, professor, or grade received) must be taken out of the manuscript, as the review process is anonymous. Manuscripts containing identifying information will not be considered for acceptance.
Full manuscripts should range from 2,500 words (minimum) to 5,000 words (excluding tables, figures, and references).
Short essays, commentaries, or reflections submitted by undergraduates should adhere to the following guidelines:
- Manuscripts should be a maximum of 800 words (excluding references).
- A variety of formats are acceptable, however please ensure submissions are structured and clearly present a well-reasoned and personal viewpoint on the chosen theme.
- The first person voice is preferred, although other styles will be considered.
All other citation and format requirements apply.
Work must be written in non-sexist and non-racist language. Authors are encouraged to use a clear, accessible style, free from specialized jargon, in order to reach the widest possible readership.
Please note if your manuscript is currently under review by another journal. While simultaneous submissions with other publications are accepted, authors should notify the Undercurrent immediately upon their manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Original work selected for publication in the journal may be reprinted subsequently in another publication if Undercurrent is properly credited (however, please note that Undercurrent itself does not accept previously published manuscripts). Please ensure that permission has been received if you plan to reproduce materials that are subject to copyright laws.
Anyone who is unable to submit a manuscript in the required format or who has questions about formatting should contact the journal.
Footnotes should be limited to content notes and appear in the footer of the appropriate page; all other referencing should conform to the APA parenthetical citation style (see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/). A list of references should accompany the manuscript, showing only those works actually cited in the article. Please note that the journal cannot publish articles where sources are not documented both completely and correctly.
Acceptance letters (conditional upon further author editing) will be sent out by February 28, 2015. Please wait until this time to query the journal regarding the status of your submission.