Founded in 1969 by Robert Chrisman and Nathan Hare, 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.
We are committed to interdisciplinary conversation with an interested public who may not be as intimate with the professional language or styles of certain academic trends and discourses. Publication in TBS provides a rare opportunity to reach a broader audience, so please keep in mind the breadth of Black readership that will be eager to engage the work. The goal here is to elucidate as well as inform, without compromising scholarly credibility and intellectual merit. As a cutting-edge venue, TBS is tolerant and inviting of different modes of expression, but authors should submit with this mandate in mind.
Language that fetishizes itself and the author’s primary academic micro-community may not pass muster. It is also important that authors resist the clichés that have emerged in contemporary Black cultural criticism and political ideology. For example, work that merely depends on the oppression/resistance binary, or that generates laudatory but uncritical and romantic celebrations of ideas like radicalism or blackness but does nothing to ground those ideas in material examples or more contradictory realities, also may not pass muster. There is much more to Black intellectual and cultural production than such gestures, and TBS insists on going beyond even the limits Black thinkers may put on themselves.
Information about reprints and permissions can be accessed via the “Reprints and Permissions” tab above each article on our publisher platform. Direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
To avoid having your submission returned or rejected please read the above mandates and comply with the below guidelines.
Submissions to TBS must be original, unpublished work not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Prior to submission, authors should familiarize themselves with both the past and current scholarship found in TBS. We welcome submissions in English (and in translation) from anywhere in the world as long as they meet the criteria articulated in our guidelines and in the journal’s archives. We publish articles, essays, interviews, and reviews. We do not publish unsolicited fiction and poetry. Our archives can be found here.
Full-length scholarly articles for peer review must range in length from 5,000-7,500 words maximum. Literary essays or public commentary articles that are not for peer review must range in length from 3,000-5,000 words maximum. Guest edited issues may have a smaller word count range for manuscripts, so contact your guest editor for more information or refer to the CFP. Depending on varying factors, the peer review process can take anywhere from one to six months.
Book reviews must be approximately 750-1,500 words. Please email all book reviews directly to our book reviews editors, Ashley Howard and Paul J. Edwards. Review essays may be longer at 1,500-3,000 words, especially if the book or books are of special importance. Review essays should be submitted to our editor-in-chief and will only be considered after a proposal stating what books will be discussed and why they are important has been submitted and approved.
Publication details at the beginning of book reviews must include the number of pages and the price of paperback and hardcover editions where appropriate, with information formatted as in the following example: Virtual Realities and Their Discontents, by Robert Markley (ed.). Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins Press, 1996. $32 hardcover, $12.50 paperback. 171 pages.
- All manuscripts must be submitted to our Editorial Manager system. We only accept submissions in Word document format. Do not submit in PDF. To submit, please go to http://www.editorialmanager.com/rtbs.
- You will be asked to submit two versions of your article, one with author details and one anonymous version. Please make sure your name does not appear anywhere in the anonymous version, including in the endnotes or attached to images and figures. Note: If your submission is in peer review, when submitting revised versions of your manuscript, make sure to remove previous versions. Do not include any identifying information in your comments to the reviewers.
- Total word counts are inclusive of endnotes and images/tables/figures, with the latter counting as ~200 words each.
- Please submit an abstract of 100–200 words that clearly states the nature and point of the article/essay. (Note: Abstracts and keywords are for peer review purposes only, will not be published, and do not count towards word count.) 3-5 keywords must also be submitted. A biographical statement of 50–75 words, must accompany all submissions.
- Written permission to use copyrighted images (see Images, Tables, and Figures below), and all lyrics or poetry, must be obtained before you submit your article and must be included in your submission file or forwarded to the managing editor. In their statement, rights holders must specifically grant TBS use of the named/listed material in both online and print versions of the issue. Fiction quotes that are more than nominal in length also require permission to use. More information on permission requirements can be found here. Getting permissions from rights holders can sometimes take months. Submitting your manuscript before obtaining written permission for copyrighted material will delay the processing of your manuscript.
- Unless we’ve peer reviewed the manuscript, we do not give feedback on rejected submissions.
- For more info, review our publisher’s instructions for authors.
- Contact PRSHelp@informa.com about any technical issues you might have while submitting to the Editorial Manager system.
- For general questions about submitting to TBS, contact the managing editor at email@example.com.
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, as superscript numerals. Do not submit a bibliography, reference list, or works cited section. Full details must be given in an endnote at first mention of any work cited. Subsequent citations can then use the short form or a cross-reference. Our required reference style is further explained here.
- Description of our article style can be found here.
- Keep your format clean and simple. All submissions must be in 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced, with 1″ margins. Do not underline, or use multiple fonts/font sizes or text colors. Remove all mark ups from Tracking Changes.
- As a rule, TBS capitalizes Black.
Images, Tables, and Figures
- Visual material must be well considered and accompanied by discussion or assessment within the text. Authors will be asked to remove any images that are not contextualized or that do not strengthen the submission.
- Written permission from rights holders to reproduce copyrighted images must be obtained by authors prior to submission and included in the manuscript file. Rights holders must list the title of each work that they are granting permission for. They must also state that TBS can use the image/s in both online and print versions of the issue. If images are in the public domain, authors must state this in their submission file and must still attribute it properly. Generally, but especially when using images in the public domain or with questionable copyright, contributors should read additional copyright information from our publisher here.
- Images, tables, and figures must be submitted in JPEG files of a high resolution not lower than 600 dpi for grayscale, or 300 dpi for color. More information on submitting artwork can be found here. Note: All images in the print edition of the journal will appear in grayscale. Color figures will be reproduced in color in the digital 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.
- All images, tables, and figures should be submitted separately (one image per file) from the manuscript, with the desired image placement in the text indicated by a numbered note within the text (e.g., “INSERT figure 1 here”). Image description and/or titles and credit must follow image placement marker.
- All figures and images must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).
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.
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.
• As long as the vision aligns with our mission, we are open to more creative submissions that may fall outside the typical article format.
• Please include a 50 word max bio. We also welcome links to your personal website and social media accounts. 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.
• Please submit 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@theblackscholar.org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.