Submission Guidelines

Instructions for Submitting Your Work for Consideration

Style Guidelines

Information for Guest Editors

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (ISSN: 1547-4348) is a peer-review journal. While most academic journals dismiss submissions they deem inappropriate, Reconstruction works with authors to ensure that the work can be published, if not through Reconstruction then through another journal of high calibre.

Contributors for Open Issues are asked to send their full-length essays or other work to the Reconstruction Submissions Editor. The author is asked to include with the submission a selection of no more than three keywords from a keyword list. The Submissions Editor then chooses two blind reviewers from the journal's Editorial Board based upon the keywords chosen by the contributor. If the reviewers cannot reach agreement on a submission, a third reviewer may be asked to read the submission and/or a Domain Editor called in to resolve the conflict.

Contributors for Themed Issues are asked to respond to the individual Call for Papers for the respective issue. The Managing Editor and a panel of Domain Editors assist in reviewing each themed issue prior to publication.

All articles accepted for publication in Reconstruction are done so under the following conditions:

  1. If the article has not appeared in English previously, the article will not appear in publication before its publication in Reconstruction;
  2. The author of said article is responsible for any and all legal complaints made against the work, and is thus financially responsible for any legal actions; and
  3. Any subsequent publication of the article, in any form, must acknowledge its earlier publication in Reconstruction.

In matters of citation, it is assumed that the proper MLA format will be followed. Other citation formats are acceptable in respect to the disciplinary concerns of the author. For further information regarding submission policies and manuscript preparation, please consult our style guide below.

All submission queries should be written care of

Instructions for Submitting Your Work for Consideration

With your manuscript, please include the following:

1. A short (50-100 word) biographical statement along with your preferred email address.

2. A statement acknowledging that the author(s) of the piece authorize its review for publication in Reconstruction, and that it is currently not under review elsewhere or has previously been published in whole or in part (although exceptions can be made in the case of the latter).

3. Three keywords selected from the following list (this allows us to properly match reviewers to your manuscript):

Age Studies; Anthropology; Art History; Communication; Culture Studies; Ecocriticism; Education; Ethics; Ethnography; Feminism; Gender, Sex & Sexuality; Geography; Globalization, Transnationalism & Postnationalism; History (may specify region or period); Industrialism & Development; Linguistics & Semiotics; Literature; Media; Marxism; Modernism/Postmodernism; Museums & Archives; Music; Peace Studies; Philosophy; Place & Space; Political Science; Postcolonialism; Poststructuralism; Psychoanalysis; Queer Theory; Race & Ethnicity; Religion; Rhetoric; Science & Technology; Sociology; Television & Film; Theater & Performing Arts; Urban Studies; Visual Culture.

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be asked to update her or his biographical statement, and to write a 250-300 word abstract which will be published along with the piece.

Style Guidelines

These guidelines are primarily to speed the conversion of your work from word processor to html format, and the more closely followed, the shorter the interim between acceptance and publication is likely to be. At the time of submission, these guidelines needn't be adhered to, but upon acceptance the work will be returned to the author for compliance with the following:


Use of the Modern Language Association format of citation is assumed, and details can be found on their site ( Other citation formats are acceptable in respect to the disciplinary concerns of the author. Please inform us if you're using anything other than MLA so that we can properly proof your submission. MLA is preferred, however, because it uses parenthetical citations rather than endnotes, and this greatly speeds up the conversion of documents.


Please convert foot/endnote markers from superscript to standard font size, and have them appear in the text as such, prior to punctuation: [1]. Endnotes are the only method used, please include them at the end of the same document, with all superscript markers converted to standard font size and placed in brackets.


All quotations and use of another author's terms must appear in double quotation marks, "as such." Single quotation marks are used to denote "quotes 'within' quotes."

Commas and periods should appear before the close quotation mark; semicolons and colons should appear outside of the close quotation mark.

There is no need to place brackets around ellipses, as such [...], nor should first letters of quotes be bracketed to denote conversion of the author's original capitalization.


While authors should provide the most thorough study possible, a length of approximately 5,000 to 10,000 words should generally kept in mind. Because the Internet allows almost infinite space, feel free to submit studies that might normally be dismissed by print journals for their length alone.

In the matter of reviews and review essays, the latter is any review which is over 1,000 words, the former anything under.

Paragraph Format

Each paragraph should be preceded by its sequential value, properly designated, i.e. the first paragraph by <1>, the second by <2>, the third by <3>, and so on and so forth. This is becoming standard for matters of citation so that when a second party utilizes your work, they can properly cite you, as was the case with page numbers previously.

You should also enter a hard break between paragraphs, meaning that there is actually a blank line between one paragraph and its successor.

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