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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.
  • 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 includes an abstract (250-500 words) on the first page or attached as a separate word file for multimedia submissions.
  • The text submission file is in Microsoft Word or PDF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; adheres to APA 7th ed. citation guidelines; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Research submissions are accompanied by any required research ethics and approval forms.
  • The submission includes the Faculty Nomination Form uploaded as a separate file.

Author Guidelines

Categories:   

Work may be submitted under four categories:

  • RESEARCH – effective presentation of research findings
  • ANALYTICAL – effective interpretation and/or critique of text or work
  • CREATIVE WORKS – creative writing, video or audio format, projects.
  • RESEARCH-CREATION – effective presentation of findings in multimedia formats or including creative elements

When filling out your part of the Faculty Nomination Form, please indicate which category best suits the project you are submitting for publication. 

Eligibility:      

Any currently registered University of Calgary student enrolled in a Communications, Media, or Film Studies course may submit their work. Coursework from the current academic year, or the year prior is acceptable. Students are responsible for ensuring their own eligibility. The submission of the work to the journal is the responsibility of the student. It must be accompanied by the completed Faculty Nomination Form that contains the contact information of a faculty member. If you are uncertain or have any other questions, please contact the Managing Editor at motley.journal@ucalgary.ca

Submission Guidelines:

  • The content of submissions must be stripped of personal data and anonymized. This includes removing the course title, instructor, author information, and any names in the acknowledgements of the work.
  • The file for your submission should be titled Last Name, First Name Title of Work.
  • Limit of 20 pages or 3 gigabytes for submissions, submissions exceeding 1.5MB must be sent through email to motley.journal@ucalgary.ca. Please make the subject of the email “Multimedia submission”
  • All text submissions must be a singular Microsoft Word document in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins, and 1.5 pt. line spacing.
  • Include an abstract (250-500 words) on the first page
  • Multimedia submissions can be uploaded as audio, video, PowerPoint, or text files.
  • Multimedia submissions must be accompanied by an abstract (250-500) words, attached as a separate file
  • If your multimedia submission exists on a third party website (Wix.com, Prezi.com, etc.,) please include a link to the website at the top of your abstract.
  • Maximum 2 submissions per person per academic year
  • Research submissions must be accompanied by any required research ethics and approval forms
  • Students are welcome to submit work from the current academic year or from the previous year. Graduated students are welcome to submit the previous year’s undergraduate work within a year of their graduation.
  • Non-course work completed during the current or previous academic year is also eligible for submission but must still be accompanied by a Faculty Nomination Form
  • Submitted coursework must have received a final grade from the course instructor. 
  • Before submission, polish and edit your paper for clarity. Double-check that your citations are complete and accurate. Work must be submitted using APA 7th ed. citation style

Procedures:

  1. Submit nomination form and blind copy of work through this website. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and issues are published twice a year. Please remember to include the Faculty Nomination Form as a separate file in the submission. 

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