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College English Submission Guidelines - Previous Revision


Editorial Policy

College English provides a forum in which scholars working within any subfield of English studies can address a cross-section of the profession. Appropriate subject areas for submissions include the history, theory, and practice(s) of: rhetoric and composition studies, literacy, literature, linguistics, media/technology, and creative writing, as well as other related professional issues. As the flagship journal of the College Section of NCTE, work appearing in College English represents the best emerging research and scholarship from teacher-scholars working within all institutional types, and appeals to a broad, informed readership within English studies.


Submissions should either add new knowledge or challenge received opinion through a well-defined inquiry into one of the above areas, and should demonstrate in the process an explicit awareness of prior scholarship on the subject at hand. Studies of single works and descriptions of particular classroom practices will be considered only if they serve to illustrate a critical or pedagogical theory or problem that can be applied to other cases/situations. Articles should usually be no more than thirty double-spaced pages or approximately 10,000 words; collaboratively authored or polyvocal submissions are welcome. “Comment & Response” pieces are selected by the editor. Reviews are commissioned by the editor.


Manuscripts must not be previously published or under consideration elsewhere, and must be accompanied by a brief cover letter that includes a 100-word abstract. Cover letters should also indicate whether the submission is to be considered for the “Emerging Voices” feature (first-time authors only). Submissions should be otherwise free of internal references to the author’s identity. Manuscripts judged by the editor to be appropriate for the journal are submitted to blind review by external readers. Time from initial submission to notification of the submission’s status is approximately sixteen weeks. The editor maintains responsibility for final selection.


Starting October 1, 2011, submit manuscripts and cover letters to Follow the current (6th) edition of the MLA Handbook. Announcements and calls for papers, 100 words or fewer, are run on a space-available basis. Press deadline is at least four months in advance of the events announced.

Current Editor: John Schilb


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


Incoming Editor:    Kelly Ritter (first issue, September 2012)


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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