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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • Student is paired with a faculty advisor that is familiar with Chicago writing style and willing to guide
    the student through the entire writing process, as they see fit, to make the initial
    submission and to help with revisions and resubmission.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file format.
  • A separate cover page with your name, faculty mentor, class, and date for which the paper was originally submitted.
  • The original research paper or film/book review includes page numbers but without the author affiliation (author's name) for single-blind peer-review.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables must include appropriate citations that are placed within the text at the relevant points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition.

    All sections (abstract, title page, body, conclusion, bibliography) should follow CMOS guidelines as appropriate.
  • The submission employs endnotes rather than footnotes.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Please note the following timetable:

  1. After you submit your paper, it will be sent out to at least one peer reviewer. These are single-blind peer-reviews; the authors don't know who's reading their essay.
  2. You should hear back within 4-6 weeks with the reviewer's comments. Please revise and rewrite your paper incorporating the reviewers' comments and clean up any lingering issues regarding grammar, footnotes, bibliography, etc.
  3. The deadline to resubmit your paper will be listed along with the reviewers' comments.

Formatting your submission

Please follow CMOS 17th edition guidelines and use the general examples to assist in proper formatting. 


     1. First name Last name, Title of Book (Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication), page number.

Corresponding bibliographic entry:

      Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.


      Figure #: Description of the image. Title of work. (Medium of the image) provided by (distributor).


      Figure #: Description of the image. Title of work. (Medium of the image) provided by (distributor).

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