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College English Submission Guidelines - Previous Revision


Editorial Policy

College English provides a forum in which scholars working within any of the various subspecialties of the discipline can address a broad cross-section of the profession. Appropriate subjects are literature (including nonfiction), linguistics, literacy, critical theory, reading theory, rhetoric, composition, pedagogy, creative writing theory and pedagogy, and professional issues. An attempt is made to maintain a balanced coverage; no area is less welcome than any other, as long as the topic is of general interest within the profession and the treatment is accessible to scholars whose particular expertise lies in other areas.

Contributions should either add new knowledge to what is already known, challenge received opinion, or simply inform a larger readership of the implications of scholarship and research that would otherwise be known only to specialists. Studies of single works and descriptions of particular classroom practices will be considered only if they serve a more general purpose, such as to illustrate a critical or pedagogical theory that can be applied to other cases. Articles should usually be no more than thirty double-spaced pages or approximately 10,000 words.

Manuscripts (not previously published or being considered for publication) should be free of internal references to the author’s identity; other references are removed before manuscripts are screened by the editors. Manuscripts judged by the editors to be appropriate for the journal are submitted to blind review by external readers. The editor maintains responsibility for final selection.

Submissions to “Comment & Response” should be brief and are subject to cutting by the editor. Authors are encouraged to respond to comments only if they feel a response would serve a useful purpose. Opinion pieces about the profession in general or about the politics of literature, literacy, scholarship, or teaching are welcome. Contributions to “Comment & Response” are selected by the editor. Reviews are commissioned by the editor.

Send manuscripts as email attachments (snail mail submissions are accepted, but strongly discouraged) to Retain a copy for your files. Follow the current edition of the MLA Handbook. Use parenthetical references and a list of Works Cited. Ordinarily decisions will be made within sixteen weeks of submission.

Announcements and calls for papers, 100 words or fewer, are run on a space-available basis. Press deadline is four months in advance of the events announced.


Editorial office address:     College English
                                                Department of English
                                                Indiana University
                                                Ballantine Hall 442
                                                1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
                                                Bloomington, IN 47405-7103


The editor reserves the right to edit essays so that their usage conforms with the NCTE Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language. Publicity accorded to a particular point of view does not imply endorsement by NCTE, except in announcements of policy, when such endorsement is clearly specified.

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