Guidelines For Contributors To TBS (2012)
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THE BLACK SCHOLAR is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal devoted to the exploration of cultural, political, social, and economic issues affecting black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world. To provide full range for the development of black thought in a climate where fora are still limited, we emphasize writings by black authors. The journal retains its policy of publishing both academic and non-academic intellectuals from a variety of professions and walks of life and its choices are the sole responsibility of its editorial staff.
Prospective writers should use the following guidelines. Also, we strongly recommend you familiarize yourself with recent issues of the journal.
Please email queries to:
Sundiata ChaJua, Senior Editor (History/Social Sciences/Politics): ChaJua@theblackscholar.org
Louis Chude-Sokei, Senior Editor (Literature/Media/Popular Culture/the Caribbean/Africa): Chukwu@theblackscholar.org
Shannon Hanks-Mackey, Managing Editor (General Questions): Hanks@theblackscholar.org
The Black Scholar
4739 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105-4412
The Black Scholar (TBS) publishes articles, essays, interviews, and reviews. Poems and fiction are reserved for special issues and noteworthy occasions. Because we strive for a public and interdisciplinary space of intellectual exchange, we discourage highly specialized or professional language and encourage open, argumentative work that is well written. Do not assume that our readers will understand your references to other works and authors. Target your submission to an engaged, educated but general audience. Reviewers should keep in mind that TBS is not interested in vituperative evaluations or shallow reviews that lack substance. Enlightening the audience is the primary goal, as is situating the work in an ongoing set of conversations or debates. Reviews should communicate a strong sense of the work under consideration in terms of style, context, and actual content.
For unsolicited manuscripts, please submit an abstract of 100–200 words that clearly states the nature and point of the article/essay. A biographical statement of 50–75 words, suitable for publication, should accompany all submissions.
We prefer electronic submissions. Please use Word in a PC compatible form. Send files as .rtf or .doc files. You may submit to one of the editors at their email address, or submit directly to https://theblackscholar.submittable.com/submit
All manuscripts sent by post should be sent in triplicate. Please include a SASE. TBS is not responsible for the fate of unsolicited manuscripts.
Submissions to The Black Scholar must be original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The author agrees that he or she is granting the Publisher for a fixed term the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the submission including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm, or any other reproductions and translations.
Submissions should be typed in double spacing on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 size paper, leaving a one-inch left-hand margin. Full-length pieces may range in length from 15 to 30 pages/4,000–9,000 words. As compensation, every author will receive two free copies of the issue to which he or she has contributed.
TBS uses endnotes. Please use the automatic linkage function between note numbers in document and endnotes. Manuscripts that do not adhere to this system will be returned for correction by the author.
Photographs, Tables and Figures
Photographic images should be high contrast black and white glossy prints or JPEG files of a resolution no lower than 300 ppi (or dpi). Permission to reproduce them must be obtained by authors prior to submission, and any acknowledgements should be included in the captions. Tables and figures should be included in separate files and separate sheets with the desired position in the text indicated by a numbered note within the text (e.g., INSERT figure 1 here).
Our preferred guide is the Chicago Manual of Style, but here are a few general pointers.
- Quotations of 60 words or more should be indented without quotation marks, with a line space above and below.
- Italicize names of ships, play titles, newspapers, paintings, film titles, books, magazines, journals, TV program names. Poem, essay and short story titles should instead be in quotes.
- Quotations of fewer than 60 words should be in standard “double” quotes with ‘single’ quotations used for quotation within quotation. Use square brackets for author/editor’s insertion of words not in the original.
- Ellipses: Use three dots with spaces between.
- Spacing after Punctuation: single-space after all punctuation.
- Dates: use 1950s, not fifties or 50s or 1950’s. Use 1984, not ’84; and use 1914–18, unless 1899–1902. For complete dates, give thus: June 25, 1992. Use numerical not verbal form for century—19th century, not nineteenth century (and note hyphenation of adjectival usage, e.g., a 19th-century tradition).
- Dates: use 1950s, not fifties, or '50s or 1950's. Use 1984, not '84; and use 1914-18, unless 1899-1902. For complete dates, give thus: June 25, 1992. Use numerical not verbal form for century-- 19th century, not nineteenth century, not (and note hyphenation of adjectival usage, e.g., a 19th-century tradition).
- Numbers: spell out to the number ninety-nine, then use numerals for larger numbers.
- Measurements: use numerals, e.g., 8 mi, 15 acres, etc. Film/camera lens measurements thus, 16mm, 35mm.
- Percentages: use figures, and spell out percent (e.g. 20 percent).
Notes and References: Check that they correspond to superscript numerals in text, placed outside punctuation: e.g. . . . as James Baldwin notes.17 When giving references follow this style: author’s (or editor’s) first name and surname, book title and subtitle (italicized), place, publisher, and date..
Richard Wright. Native Son. New York: HarperPerennial, 1998, 84-93.
Langston Hughes. The Big Sea. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993, 55.
Darlene Clark Hine; William C. Hine, and Stanley Harrold. African Americans: A Concise History, Vol. 1: to 1877, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2004, 74.
Stuart Hall and Martin Jacques (eds.). The Politics of Thatcherism. London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1983.
Chapters in books:
Judith Butler, “Burning Acts: Injurious Speech,” in A. Parker and E. Kosofsky Sedgewick (eds.), Performativity and Performance, New York: Routledge, 1995, 197-227.
Richard Menke, “Telegraphic Realism: Henry James’s In the Cage,” PMLA, 115, 5 (2000), 975-90.
Alex Hamilton, “Clogs by the Aga,” Guardian, 11 January 1994, p7.
Use ibid. or short form:
Menke, “Telegraphic Realism,” 978
- Capitalization: check with Chicago Manual of Style for capitalization of proper names. Do not normally capitalize socialism, communism, fascism, etc. For chapter/section headings use title case, with articles, prepositions, and conjunctions in lowercase, e.g., The End of Fordism and Organized Capitalism.
Capitals are used for African-American, Afro-American, Negro, European, Asian, African, etc.
Lowercase black and white.
- Keep layout simple.
- All submissions should be in Times New Roman. You may use italics and boldface. Do not underline.
Reviewers should note the following variations from the main style guidelines:
- Manuscripts: between 750-2000 words. A review-essay may be longer, especially if the book is of special importance.
- Book Title: Publication details of books under review should include the number of pages and the price of paper and cloth editions where appropriate, e.g. Robert Markley (ed.), Virtual Realities and their Discontents, Baltimore: John Hopkins Press, 1996, 171 pp.; $12.50 paperback, $32 cloth.