Submission Instructions

Who Can Submit

Submission of abstracts is open nationally and globally. Authors may be scholars of all career stages, including graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

Types of Papers

The following types of submissions will be considered for this working paper series, including:
  • Reflection papers
  • Summaries of research
  • Write-ups of speakers or meetings
  • White papers
  • Preliminary findings
  • Conceptual pieces
  • Creative works
  • Best practices


The topics may include:
  • strategies for diversifying faculty, staff and students;
  • negotiating intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and nationality in the academy;
  • creating inclusive research environments;
  • mechanisms for involving graduate and undergraduate students in research;
  • traversing teaching/the classroom;
  • considering inclusivity in mentoring faculty/students;
  • lessons to be learned  from experiences of faculty in the academy;
  • gender biases – in the classroom, P&T evaluations, leadership;
  • best practices around creating an inclusive climate;
  • effective programs/interventions;
  • intersectionality;
  • role of professional societies in achieving success and excellence.

The above list is indicative of topics of interest but is by no means exhaustive. We invite any submissions that fall under the broad topic of academic careers, particularly those related to issues of race, class, and gender.

Step One: Abstract Submission

If you are interested in submitting a manuscript to the series, please send a 150-word abstract summarizing the paper’s essential points to Professor Mangala Subramaniam or Professor Chris Sahley at Please include the following items in your submission:

  1. Title of the paper (tentative is acceptable)
  2. Name of author/s, rank or title, and name of department (in order of authorship)
  3. Email of corresponding author

Abstracts will be reviewed by the co-editors and the editorial board. If the abstract suggests that the paper is suitable for the Working Paper Series, the author/s will be required to submit the full-length paper within about six weeks. If the author/s require additional time for submission of the full-length paper, they may request for considering their submission for the following issue. The co-editors’ decision to accept and publish the paper will be made based on peer reviews.

Step Two: Manuscript Submission

Complete manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document to The title page should be a separate document that includes the names of all authors and the contact information for the corresponding author or authors.

On a separate page, each manuscript must include a 100-word abstract, double-spaced.

Formatting Instructions

Manuscripts submitted must be a maximum of 5,000 words excluding the bibliography. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including references and tables, on 8-1/2" x 11" paper using 1" margins and with a single space between sentences. Manuscripts should be written in first-person (NOT in third person). Manuscripts should be structured in the following order: main text, references, tables and figures.

Citation Style
In-Text Citations

Cite pages only in the case of a direct quotation, as shown below. 
Alphabetize multiple references. Separate references with semicolons within parentheses.
For authors with more than one citation in the same year, designate by "a", "b", etc. 

  1. If the author’s name is in the text, follow it with the publication year in parentheses:
    1. …in another study by Duncan (1973)
  2. If the author’s name is not in the text, enclose the last name and publication year in parentheses:
    1. …whenever it occurred (Murray 1953)
  3. Pagination follows the year of publication after a colon – no space between the colon and page number whenever direct quotes are used:
    1. … White (1978:56)
  4. List both last names for joint authors:
    1. …(White and Gully 1966)
  5. If a work has three authors, cite all three last names in the first citation in the text; thereafter, use et al. in the citation. If a work has more than three authors, use et al. in the first citation and in all subsequent citations:
    1. 1st citation for a work with three authors: … had a quality time (Dune, Jones, and Frank 1978)
    2. Later citation of a work with three authors in the text (or next citation): … (Dune et al. 1978)
    3. Citation for a work with MORE than three authors will be the same all through the text: … had a quality time (Nash et al. 2000)

List all sources alphabetically by author, and within author chronologically by year of publication, in a section entitled "References", following the main text.

  1. Books
    (a) Monograph with one or more authors
    Bordwell, David, Janet Staiger, and Kristen Thompson. 1985. The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960. New York: Columbia University Press.

    (b) Edited Collection with one or more editors
    Bradley, Tamsin, Emma Tomlin, and Mangala Subramaniam (eds.). 2009.  Dowry: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Cambridge, UK: Zed Books and Delhi, India: Women Unlimited,
  1. Article
    Gunning, Tom. 1986. “The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, Its Spectators and the Avante Garde.” Wide Angle 8(3-4): 63-70.
  1. Chapter from a Book:
    Williams, Linda. 1984. “When the Woman Looks.” In Revision: Essays in Feminist Film Criticism, ed. Mary Ann Doane, Patricia Mellencamp, and Linda Williams, 13-99. Frederick, M.D.: American Film Institute/University Publications.
  1. Dissertation
    Mallik, Asha. “Informal organizations and Empowerment.” Ph. D. dissertation, Purdue University, 2001.
  1. Internet Citation:
    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2003. Union Members Summary (Online). Retrieved March 26, 2004 (
  1. Newspaper Citation:
    Brooks, Peter. 1999. “A Monarchist Marxists Could Love.” New York Times Book Review, May 23.


Review Process for Full Length Manuscripts

The full paper will be sent to two reviewers for a single-blind review. These reviewers will send their feedback to the editors, who will compile reviews to return to the authors. The estimated time for the review process, from submission to decision letter, will be approximately six weeks.