Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, biannual flagship publication of MALCS.
These guidelines are solely for submission of scholarly manuscripts through the PeerTracking Editorial System used by Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Authors submitting scholarly articles should submit manuscripts online via PeerTracking at http://www.edmgr.com/malcs
Please see Guidelines for Creative Writing and Commentary at the following link: http://www.journal.malcs.org/submit/creative-work
Please see Guidelines for Book/Reviews at the following link:
Manuscript Preparation. All scholarly submissions must be submitted through PeerTracking in MS Word.doc format or docx, double-spaced, including quotations, notes, references, captions, and headings, in a 12-point Times New Roman font, with one inch-margins on all sides. Use consecutive page numbering at the bottom right of the page. Do not justify margins or turn on automatic hyphenation of words. Endnotes should be numbered using Arabic numbers. The Journal does not accept manuscripts using Styles or Wyrd for reference and endnotes.
For all matters of style, especially for notes and references, please consult the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. The Journal uses the author-date documentation style. Insert brief parenthetical acknowledgments in the manuscript wherever you incorporate another’s words, facts, or ideas. A list of references, alphabetized according to authors’ last names, should be appended at the end of the article. Information about The Chicago Manual of Style may be obtained from the following websites:
Please also refer to the document “Using Chicago for authors of CLS.”
The Journal prefers scholarly articles of 7,000 words or 25 pages (not including tables, notes, or references); commentary articles with less than 2,500 words; and review articles with approximately 1,000 words.
Submissions Should Include the Following:
Cover letter. PeerTracking provides a place to submit the cover letter. In the cover letter the author(s) must state that the manuscript is original, and has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration elsewhere. If you participated in the Writing Workshop for the MALCS Summer Institute, please include this in your letter, as the journal adheres to “rights of first review.”
Abstract. PeerTracking will provide you a text box to submit your abstract. Each article-length manuscript must begin with an abstract no longer than 350 words. It should provide a summary of the essential points and findings of the paper. The abstract does not count toward the page or word limit. If the submission is written in Spanish, provide an abstract in English.
Keywords. PeerTracking will ask you to submit up to seven index words or phrases (“key words”).
Text References. The Journal requires the author-date system as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style. In this system, references to works are included in the text and correspond to the References at the end of the manuscript. In the text, the author’s last name and the year of publication are enclosed in parentheses (González 1999). Page numbers follow the date, preceded by a comma (Sosa Riddell 1974, 157). When there is more than one author, the following formats should be followed: two authors (de la Torre and Pesquera 1983); three authors (Lamphere, Zavella, and Gonzales 1993); and more than four authors (Alarcón et al. 1993). If the author is not known, the text reference should substitute the title of the article or book for the author (the title may be shortened as necessary).
Endnotes. Editors ask that authors keep notes brief. Use endnotes rather than footnotes. Notes are numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals. Although the Notes section should go before the Reference section, some word processing programs automatically place them at the end. If this is the case, leave them there. If accepted for publication, the Editors will adjust placement of the notes.
References. All entries must be double-spaced, listed alphabetically by last name, and chronologically for two or more titles by the same author(s). Do not include any publication not cited in the text. All publications in the Reference section must appear on the text.
The Following are Examples of References:
Menchaca, Martha. 2002. Recovering History, Constructing Race: The Indian, Black, and White Roots of Mexican Americans. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Flores-Ortiz, Yvette G. 1998. “Voices from the Couch: The Co-Creation of a Chicana Psychology.” In Living Chicana Theory, edited by Carla Trujillo, 102-122. Berkeley: Third Woman Press.
Menchaca, Martha. 2013. “The Social Climate of the Birthright Movement in the United States.” Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social 12(2): 28-55.
More than one Author
Rojas, Ana Clarissa, Audrey Silvestre, and Nadia Zepeda. 2014. “Chicana Feminist Praxis: Community Accountability Coalitions in the University. Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social 13(2): 284-303.
More than one citation by an Author
Cotera, Martha P. 1976. Diosa y Hembra: The History and Heritage of Chicanas in the U.S. Austin: Information Systems Development.
_____. 1977. The Chicana Feminist. Austin: Information Systems Development.
Author with more than one Citation in the Same Year
Lara, Irene. 2008a. “’Goddess’ of the Américas: Beyond the Virgen/Pagan Puta Dichotomy.” Feminist Studies 34(1/2): 99-127.
_____. 2008b. “Tonanlupanisma: Re-membering Tonantzin-Guadalupe in Chicana Visual Art.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 33(2): 61-90.
Rendón, Laura I., Amaury Nora, and Vijay Kanagala. 2014. “Ventajas/Assets y Conocimientos/Knowledge: Leveraging Latin@ Strengths to Foster Student Success.” Unpublished Manuscript. Texas Center for Research and Policy in Education, The University of Texas San Antonio.
Mosquita y Mari. 2012. Directed by Aurora Guerrero. Film Start Group.
Magazine or Newspaper Article Without Author
The Arizona Republic. 2015. “Supreme Court Should Recognize Same-Sex Marriage.” April 29, 28A.
Magazine or Newspaper Article With Author
Philip, Agnel. 2015. “Phone Calls Costly for Inmates: Prison-rights Activists say State is Making Money from a Monopoly Service.” The Arizona Republic, April 29, 23A.
Ulaby, Neda. 2009. “A Rising-Star Writer and a Miraculous Maid.” National Public Radio, April 18. Accessed on February 1, 2014. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyld=103174270.
Sendejo, Brenda. 2011. “The Face of God Has Changed: Tejana Cultural Production and the Politics of Spirituality in the Borderlands.” Ph.D. diss., University of Texas at Austin.
Illustrations, Tables, and Figures. PeerTracking provides you the option to attach these separately. In the manuscript, please number each consecutively. Indicate their position within the text clearly, inserting TABLE 1 ABOUT HERE (set off by double spacing above and below). Provide a short (10-15 words) descriptive title as well as sources and acknowledgements. Notes for tables appear at the bottom of each table and are marked with lowercase, superscript letters. Illustrations must be submitted in a form suitable for publication without redrawing. If accepted for publication, illustrations, tables, and figures must be submitted in electronic format. A high-resolution electronic file of each illustration should accompany the manuscript. Reproduction-quality prints of illustrations will be required for manuscripts accepted for publication.
Obtaining Permission to Reprint. Include a letter of permission for all borrowed illustrations, tables, figures, or other material. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain the reprint permission.
Suggesting Reviewers. PeerTracking will prompt authors to provide a list of up to three individuals (with institutional affiliations and postal and electronic addresses) whom you determine could potentially serve as appropriate reviewers. Authors will also be given the option to identify reviewers that would not be acceptable to the author. Co-Lead editors are not bound by either suggestions, but will respect requests for exclusion of specific reviewers.
Copyright Information. Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the Journal will secure its copyright. The Journal grants to the author personal use of the article and the freedom to reprint the article in any book where s/he is the author or editor. The Journal requires full acknowledgement of the original source of publication.
Upon completion, your submission will first undergo a “Technical Check” which evaluates whether you adhered to The Chicago Manual of Style and ensures that your submission is absent of any information identifying you as the author. If your submission does not meet this criteria, then you will be contacted by PeerTracking and notified of the changes that are needed.
If you have further questions, please refer to Contacts.