Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Academic Labor: Research and Artistry provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

ALRA encourages submissions from a wide community of practitioners from a broad range of disciplines, professions, and fields including but not limited to college and university faculty, graduate students, administrators, union leaders, and others with an interest in academic labor issues, collective bargaining, governance, and advocacy.

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Sections and Genres Accepted

We welcome reports, policies, position statements, essays, organizing and advocacy toolkits, photographs, photographic essays, personal narratives, social science research, original art, and reviews in print and multimedia formats. Artifacts and artworks should be accompanied by an introduction or forward, explaining the context of the work and helping the audience of ALRA understand the relevance of the piece to the aims of the journal. If you do not see a genre mentioned that you are interested in pursuing, please contact the lead editors, Sue Doe and Janelle Adsit (sue.doe@colostate.edu; Janelle.Adsit@humboldt.edu).

Authors submitting work to ALRA are responsible for securing and archiving any human subjects permissions pertaining to their research. Authors may be asked to provide copies of these permissions to the editors.

Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words in length, including abstract, notes and citations. ALRA has no minimum required word count. Aligned with ALRA’s mission to encourage conversation among a broad range of stakeholders, we welcome shorter pieces, including briefs, on topics aligned with the journal’s mission and aims. All submissions should be appropriate for ALRA's multi-disciplinary audience and should demonstrate awareness of the broad conversation on academic labor.

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Editorial Process

Promising manuscripts enter a double-blind review process. Reviewers comment on an article’s strengths and weaknesses, provide suggestions to authors, and make general recommendations about publication. The editors consider manuscript review comments, append them to the originally submitted manuscript, and return them to the submitting author along with additional guidance as appropriate.

Authors are free to respectfully disagree with any element of the critiques, but they should provide justification for not complying with major revision requests. Productive, collegial interaction among authors, reviewers, and editors ultimately results in professional and readable texts that contribute meaningfully field of academic labor.

After the editor approves an article for publication, it is assigned to a future issue. We retain an electronic copy of every original submission and subsequent reviewed and revised drafts; we encourage authors to do the same. These documents become useful references as the manuscript evolves.

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Formatting Requirements

Remove all identifying information. All text submissions should be double spaced and left-justified with 1 inch margins, using a single column layout. Text should be in 12 pt Times New Roman (or the closest font available) and submitted in .doc or .rtf format. Do not include a cover sheet or title page. Files should not include macros or any special formatting. Do not use the tab key to indent your work; use the ruler bar to format your manuscript in continuous prose. Please no extra space between paragraphs, and use only one space after a punctuation marks--do not include double spacing between sentences.

Provide a brief abstract (200 words or fewer) in the designated box in the submission form, but not in the manuscript.

Images must be submitted as a jpg file, minimum 300 dpi. Audio/video files may be submitted in .mp3 or .mp4 format, maximum 32 Megabytes. Creative works must be accompanied by a written statement to contextualize the project.

All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Through the submission management system, attach supplementary files (e.g., tables, figures, audio clips, video clips, data) in an appropriate file format. Please do not embed audio and video or multimedia files in the Word document; these should be sent as separate files, though the Word document may refer to them.

Remove all identifying information from the manuscript. Include a biographical note in the cover letter (100 words or fewer). The biographical note may include contact information (e.g., author email address) and links to relevant web content.

At this time, ALRA accepts work only in English.

All citations should be in MLA style (https://style.mla.org/). When possible, use in-text citations. Endnotes are accepted, but please do not include footnotes. Where available, a URL or doi for each reference should be provided.

Whenever possible use italics, rather than underlining, to indicate text you wish to emphasize (or text from a language other than English). The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

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Rights for Authors and Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University

In consideration for publication of the work, ALRA reserves first North American publishing rights, and non-exclusive rights to reproduce, display, and distribute the work in print, online, or other media platforms. Print rights return to the author after first publication in ALRA and personal-use exceptions are granted to all contributors, as described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the work or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University, requires credit to Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University as copyright holder (e.g., Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University © 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons @ Humboldt State University and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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