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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in .doc or .docx format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Reflections publishes scholarly research articles (18-30 pages). In addition, continuing the journal's legacy of broadening notions of scholarship related to community-engaged writing, we invite the following types of proposals and submissions and welcome contributions in each category from community members, activists, and/or organizers:

  1. Brief profiles of community-based writing and civic engagement organizations, partnerships, programs aimed at disseminating information and sharing models from which other faculty, scholars, and administrators can benefit. (3-6 pages)

  2. Brief project/course profiles of community-based writing and civic engagement that are not developed into research articles but address course objectives, logistics, obstacles, successes, and ideas for further iterations of the course. (3-6 pages)

  1. Undergraduate research articles for a new and continuing feature of each issue in addition to the journal's existing showcase of community-based and student writing and/or artwork. 12-20 pages)

  1. Reflective or personal essays that contribute to our collective understanding of the subfield's scope and definition.

All manuscripts should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) Author-Date System, sixteenth edition.

Your name or other identifying information should not appear in the manuscript itself or in accompanying materials.

All submissions deemed appropriate for Reflections are sent to external reviewers for blind review. You should receive prompt acknowledgement of receipt followed, within six to eight weeks, by a report on its status.