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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 article has been stripped of personal data and properly anonymized in order to ensure a double blind peer review process.
  • Your abstract is included on the first page of your document and does not exceed 500 words.
  • Both the abstract and article are within a single Microsoft Word document, NOT a PDF.
  • The article has not been previously published by another journal, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The article adheres to the Chicago citation method and is stylistically consistent.
  • The title of the document you submit must be the title of your paper.

Author Guidelines

Submission Information

2022 WINTER EDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1st, 2023. See below for details. 

We have transitioned away from emailed submissions to submissions through our website. Submissions should now be made through the above form, which will allow us to better streamline the submission, review and publication process. If you have any questions or encounter any difficulty, please email Ensure your submission meets the requirements set out below.

Submissions are accepted from all of the University of Alberta campuses: Main Campus, Augustana and Campus St. Jean, and may be in either English or French. 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.

Subject Matter
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 perfectly 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. 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. Abstracts are not necessary for book reviews.


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.


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. Depending on the citation style, refer to either the Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 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 Times New Roman font. Use British spelling, except for obvious Canadianisms, e.g., "colour," not "color."

While Chicago Style is the most common citation format for History and Classics, Constellations also accepts papers formated in MLA or APA Style citation. With that being said however, Constellations prefers that submissions are made in Chicago Style as it makes both the review and editing phases more efficient. Whichever citation style you use, please use the most recent editions to check bibliographic and citation references.

For Chicago Style, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style to check bibliographic and citation references. Please visit the Chicago Manual of Style through the University of Alberta Libraries website for more information. Please use footnotes, not endnotes.

For MLA Style, refer to the MLA Handbook to check bibliographic and citation references. Please visit the MLA Style Center | Modern Language Association through the University of Alberta Libraries website for more information.

For APA Style, refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to check bibliographic and citation references. Please visit the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020) ( through the University of Alberta Libraries website for more information.

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, usually in December and April. Submissions for the Fall 2022 edition are now open, with the deadline for submission set at November 13, 2022. Authors should expect to be involved in the editing process, making adjustments in response to reviewer recommendations.


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 a PDF format. Please ensure your submission has been anonymized. Remove all identifying data, including your name, the name and/or number of the course for which the paper was written, your professor or supervisor's name, your university affiliation, and anything else which might reveal your identity and compromise the double-blind peer review process. Please also strip your submission file of its identifying metadata, such as the names of author(s) or commentor(s). You can find instructions on anonymizing MS Word files here. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editors by email at

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