Constellations is a student-run, student-written, and student-reviewed undergraduate journal, using a traditional peer-review system common to academic journals. Constellations strives to provide a forum for young historians and classicists to have the experience of writing for an academic journal.
Submissions are accepted from all of the University of Alberta campuses: Main Campus, Augustana and Campus St. Jean, and may be in either French or English. Papers must display high-quality writing. We are looking for 3XX and 4XX level papers that received a minimum of an A- grade. You may wish to consult with the professor who marked the paper before submitting it to Constellations.
Constellations welcomes articles on any topic, as long as they are historical or classical in content or methodology. For example, a paper on the history of anthropology is a perfect legitimate submission.
Constellations is published online, as we try to promote sustainable resource use and equal access to information. We do not have a required length of article, but strive to maintain a high level of quality. An average length of paper is 10 pages, but we are open to any well researched and well written paper.
The article must be accompanied by an abstract. An abstract is a short summary of the topic and argument of your article. Abstracts are not necessary for book reviews. The abstract should be 3-4 sentences long. Try to make your abstract concise and interesting, as it influences whether people continue to read or skip to the next article.
Preference will be given to reviews of recent monographs over older monographs.
The review should be no more than 3 pages long.
All reviews must be headed with full bibliographic information, e.g.:
Joy Parr. Sensing Changes: Technologies, Environments, and the Everyday, 1953-2003. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010. pp 270. ISBN 978-0-7748-1724-0.
EDITORIAL GUIDELINES AND STYLE
Articles should represent cutting edge research and provide a novel and/or well researched thesis.
Clear, crisp prose
Articles should be clear and well written. Avoid clichés, jargon, and overly informal prose. The style needs to be engaging, but not casual.
Before submitting your article, ensure that there are no spelling and grammatical errors in the article. Reading the article out loud is often the best way to be certain that there aren’t any errors. The accuracy of information is crucial in publication. Misquoting, misinterpreting and intentionally misinforming through your references is unacceptable. Ensure that places, people and dates are correct and that your sources are credible. Footnotes must also be correct with all periods and commas in the correct places. Refer to the Chicago Manual of Style to confirm that the bibliography and footnotes are properly structured.
Authors must be aware of their audience. Readers will mostly be undergraduate and graduate students and others with a university-level education. The readership of Constellations is quite broad, and the author must provide sufficient information, whether historical, historiographical or theoretical to make the manuscript is clear to individuals outside the history and classics field.
Use 12 point font in Times New Roman. Use British spelling except for obvious Canadianisms. E.g.: Colour, not color.
Use the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style to check bibliographic and citation references. Please visit http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html through the University of Alberta Libraries website for more information. Please use footnotes and not endnotes.
Images that are important to the article are welcome and will be published at the Editors’ discretion. Please reference the source of all images and figures.
Constellations is published twice a year, once in December and once in April. Papers submitted for publication in the December 2018 issue should be submitted by November 15th, 2018 to allow sufficient time for review. Authors should expect to be involved in the editing process, making adjustments in response to reviewer recommendations.
THE PEER-REVIEW SYSTEM
The peer-review system is a method used by academic journals to best ensure that the articles published are academically rigorous and well written and well researched. Once the author submits his or her paper, a minimum of two reviewers will receive the paper anonymously. This ensures that the reviewing process is as unbiased as possible. After the reviewers review the manuscript, they determine whether the manuscript should be rejected, accepted with major revisions, or accepted with few to no adjustments. These reviewed papers are then returned to the author to make the changes as they see fit. After the articles are returned to the editor, the final publication decision is made. All articles in the issue of Constellations are then copy-edited to ensure stylistic consistency and the journal is published. The high degree of reviewing and corrections means that deadlines must be respected.
Please submit your article in Microsoft Word format. No PDFs, or plain texts will be accepted. E-mail the article and abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editor.