Submissions Instructions

Who Can Submit

As a first step, we plan to keep this within Purdue, so the first author of all submissions must be affiliated with the university. 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


Topics of interest for this series include strategies for diversifying faculty, staff, and students; creating inclusive research environments; mechanisms for involving graduate and undergraduate students in research; considering inclusivity in mentoring; and gender bias in the classroom. This is by no means an exhaustive list and 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
If the abstract suggests that your paper is suitable for the Butler Center-ADVANCE Working Paper Series, we will invite you to submit the full-length paper within about six weeks for peer review and consideration for publication.

Step Two: Paper Submission

Papers must be a maximum of 5,000 words, double spaced, with one-inch margins. The title page should be a separate document that includes the names of all authors and the contact information for the first author. Citations should be formatted according to the attached guidelines (below). Final papers should be submitted as Word documents to advance-

Review Process for Full Papers

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.

Citation Guidelines*

Book Citation:
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.

Article Citation:
Gunning, Tom. 1986. “The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, Its Spectators and the Avante Garde.” Wide Angle 8(3-4): 63-70

Articles 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.

Internet Citation:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2003. Union Members Summary (Online). Retrieved March 26, 2004 (

Newspaper Citation:
Brooks, Peter. 1999. “A Monarchist Marxists Could Love.” New York Times Book Review, May 23, 39.

In-Text Citations:

  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
    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 in the text (or next citation): … (Dune et al. 1978)

* This information is adapted from: American Sociological Association. 2007. American Sociological Association Style Guide. 3rd ed. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association.

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