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 familiarize themselves with recent issues of the journal.
TBS journal publishes articles, essays, interviews, and reviews. We do not publish unsolicited fiction and poetry. Because we strive for a public, Black/Africana Studies and interdisciplinary space of intellectual exchange, we discourage highly specialized or professional language and encourage open, argumentative work that is well written. Strive for an essayistic tone and target your submission to an engaged, informed, but general audience. For blog submissions, please scroll down.
If you have any questions about the submissions process, contact the managing editor at hanks [at] theblackscholar [dot] org.
General Submissions to the Journal
Submissions to TBS must be original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The author agrees that they are granting the publisher for a fixed term the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the submission including reprints, photographic reproductions, digital, or any other reproductions and translations.
Full-length scholarly manuscripts for peer review should range in length from 5,000-7,500 words (minimum does not include images and tables). Literary essays or public commentary should range in length from 3,000-6,000 words. Guest edited issues may have a smaller word count range for both manuscripts and abstracts, so defer to the guest editor’s Call for Papers. Our peer review process usually takes about 3-6 months.
Book reviews should be approximately 750-1,500 words. A review essay may be longer, 1,500-3,000 words, especially if the book or books are of special importance.
Word counts are inclusive of endnotes and images, with images counting as ~250 words each. [See “Photographs, Tables, and Figures” below]
Please submit an abstract of 100–200 words that clearly states the nature and point of the article/essay. (Note: Abstracts are for peer review purposes only and are not published in TBS.) 3-5 keywords should also be submitted. A biographical statement of 50–75 words, suitable for publication, must accompany all submissions.
Written permission to use any copyrighted material must be obtained beforehand and included in your submission.
We require electronic submissions, in Word format, only. To submit articles, please go to http://www.editorialmanager.com/rtbs. Please contact PRSHelp@informa.com with any questions or problems regarding the Editorial Manager system.
Please email all book reviews and review essays directly to our book reviews editors, Ashley Howard and Michael O. West.
To make sure your submission is processed as smoothly as possible, please read our publisher’s instructions for authors and reference style pages before submitting. Any submission that does not adhere to our guidelines will be returned to author or may be rejected.
Our required guide is the latest Chicago Manual of Style. Here are a few general pointers:
- We require endnotes for all bibliographic information, elucidation, etc. Endnotes must correspond to superscript numerals in text, placed outside punctuation. Use 1,2,3, etc., not i, ii, iii, etc. as superscript numerals. Do not submit a bibliography. With no bibliography/works cited, full details must be given in a note at the first mention of any work cited. Subsequent citations can then use the short form or a cross-reference.
- All submissions should be in 12 point Times New Roman. Do not underline. Remove all mark ups from Tracking Changes.
- Our required reference style is fully explained here. Please review to avoid your submission being returned or rejected.
Book Reviewers should note the following variations from the main style guidelines:
- 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. Virtual Realities and Their Discontents, by Robert Markley (ed.). Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins Press, 1996. $32 cloth, $12.50 paperback. 171 pages.
Photographs, Tables, and Figures
- Images, tables, and figures must be submitted in TIFF, PostScript, or EPS files of a resolution no lower than 600 dpi for grayscale, or 300 dpi for color. Note: All images in the print version of the journal will appear in grayscale. Color figures will be reproduced in color in the online edition of the journal free of charge. If it is necessary for the figures to be reproduced in color in the print version, a charge will apply.
- Written permission from rights holder to reproduce the images, specifically in both online and print versions of TBS, must be obtained by authors prior to submission and included in the manuscript file. All images, tables, and figures should be submitted separately (one file per image) with the desired position in the text indicated by a numbered note within the text (e.g., INSERT figure 1 here). Image descriptions must be included where image placement is marked in the text.
- All images, tables, and figures count towards total word count (see above).
- Visual material should be well considered and accompanied by discussion or assessment within the text.
- Images, tables, and figures must be submitted when manuscript is initially submitted.
Submissions to The Black Scholar Blog
THE BLACK SCHOLAR welcomes original thought pieces and editorials on topics of contemporary or historical interest that are relevant to the mission of TBS. The goal of the blog posts are to inspire traffic, and to bring a real-time or current voice of TBS into dialogue with mainstream or newsworthy happenings, as well as invite and encourage new voices in Black Studies to provide commentary on timely topics. Your post should be geared towards our primary audience of academics and the public interested in current and historical issues of concern to Black Studies. TBS is an online outlet to engage and cultivate differential black political conversations and cultural expressions from across the black world while maintaining its core commitment to tough-minded thinking and an emancipatory project. Thus we welcome submissions (in English and in translation) from anywhere in the world as long as they meet the criteria articulated on our website and in the journal. All disciplines and fields are welcome as long as they appreciate the unique opportunity TBS offers to speak to others outside one’s area. Perhaps most important, we imagine ourselves as the forum for ideas and conversations that have yet to emerge.
Guest Blogging Requirements for THE BLACK SCHOLAR Blog:
• Short, well-written and high-quality original articles related to basic issues confronting Afro-America, the diaspora, and Africa. We ask that all content be original and not be published elsewhere, although we will consider reposting on a case-by-case basis at our discretion. We encourage links and shares of the blog article once it has been posted. TBS often promotes blog submissions through social media, so please include your social media handles.
• Please include a short 2-3 sentence bio about yourself. We also welcome links to your personal website. You must include a photo of yourself.
• If you would like to include a photo, audio, or video that is relevant, please make sure to have the appropriate attribution included and a permanent link to the media artifact.
• We request that blog posts generally range from 750-1500 words. Longer feature-length academic articles should be submitted to THE BLACK SCHOLAR journal. See our submission guidelines.
• Please submit via HTML or in a Word document along with any hi-res image files (including attribution) attached separately. All images must be in JPEG and at least 600 dpi.
• TBS reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as needed, particularly to fit our formatting or space constraints. We will be sure to work with you on any suggested changes or edits.
How to Submit:
Please email your completed article to ChukWu [at] the blackscholar [dot] org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.