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Philosophy of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830

ABO accepts submissions in six sections: Scholarship, Pedagogy, Digital Humanities, Book Reviews, Conversations, and Notes and Discoveries. In general we seek essays that demonstrate rigorous historical accuracy, originality, significance and potential to instruct the readers of the journal. The writing should be lucid and appropriately engaged with the best available research, and it should promote greater understanding of women’s lives, work and related gender issues from the long eighteenth century. We confine our chronological span between 1640 and 1830, but the endpoints may be considered soft. Many of the women whose lives we study cross these boundaries, and so long as the main matter of the essay pertains to our period and subject, it matters less that the chronological boundaries are observed.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 does not charge article processing or submission fees. If you have concerns about the submission terms for ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830, please contact the editors.

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Scholarly Article Submission Guidelines

    Submissions should relate to the mission of the journal (i.e. focus on gender, women’s issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century).
  • Format: MS Word or rtf documents
  • Length: Articles should be between 4000-7000 words.
  • Style: Articles should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.
  • For questions, contact Scholarship Editor Mona Narain m.narain@tcu.edu

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Pedagogy Article Submission Guidelines

    The journal provides a space for an ongoing conversation about the practices and issues of teaching our subjects. Pedagogy articles should be concerned with the classroom experience of teaching women in the arts from 1660-1830. We encourage collaborative and innovative forms of discourse on teaching. Essays can be experimental, practical, methodological, theoretical, and/or exploratory.
  • Format: MS Word or rtf. Attachments of handouts or teaching supplements are welcome.
  • Length: Shorter pieces on successful assignments or syllabi as well as longer essays on broader subjects are welcome (up to 8000 words).
  • Style: Articles should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.
  • For questions, contact Pedagogy Editor Tiffany Potter tiffany.potter@ubc.ca

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Digital Humanities Submission Guidelines

    The journal solicits articles that provide practical, theoretical, and critical ways of engaging women and the arts, 1640-1830, through digital means. Among other topics, articles might analyze or encourage new ways of looking at texts connected to women and the arts, or women’s presence and absence in electronic collections, projects, or data sets. ABO solicits peer reviews of digital tools and projects focusing on women in the arts, 1640-1830, and invites submission of digital tools and projects for peer review.
  • Length: Articles should be between 3,000-8,000 words in length. Peer reviews of digital tools and projects should be no more than 1,250 words. Peer review of digital tools and projects should be familiar with best practices like those provided by MLA, LAIRAH and NINES.
  • Style: Articles should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes. Please see the full "Author Guidelines" for more information, or contact the section editor.
    • Links: Hyperlinks should be added where necessary and useful. Please indicate in the body of the text where the hyperlink should appear, in line, and using brackets (e.g.,” [The ECCO-TCP project <https://www.textcreationpartnership.org/tcp-ecco/>] provides free access to over two thousand freely available and encoded texts from the eighteenth century.”) In the publication process, the links will be added to the text indicated. In the works cited list, please spell out the URL. All digital sources should be included in the works cited list.
    • Images, figures, screenshots, and other illustrations: Screenshots are appropriate inclusions where necessary or useful. As noted in the “Author Guidelines,” embed all images directly in the text as close as possible to where they should appear in the final form. In your document, include all relevant captions, as well as, in brackets, the filename of the original image. Attach the original files, in the highest quality possible, to your submission in BePress as additional materials.
    • Audio, video, or other file formats: Currently, BePress cannot embed audio or video directly into the final published essay. Please either link to the materials, using the method above for links, and/or attach original files to your submission in BePress as additional materials.
    • Embedded websites: Currently, BePress cannot embed live websites directly into the final published essay. Please use screenshots and links where possible, using the methods above for images and links.
  • Submit a digital project on women in the arts, 1640-1830, to be peer reviewed by emailing Digital Humanities Editor Shawn Moore at Shawn.Moore@fsw.edu. ABO maintains an annual list of DH projects in the areas covered by the journal.
  • Format: MS Word or rtf.
  • For any other questions, please contact Digital Humanities Editor Shawn Moore at Shawn.Moore@fsw.edu.

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Book Review Submission Guidelines

    Please keep in mind the philosophy of the journal as you write your review: “The writing should be lucid and appropriately engaged with the best available research, and it should promote greater understanding of women’s lives, work and related gender issues from the long eighteenth century. We confine our chronological span between 1640 and 1830, but the endpoints may be considered soft.” http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/abo/policies.html#philosophy. We ask that the reviews be analytical. Therefore, please consider the following as you write your review: the work’s engagement in previous scholarship; strengths and weaknesses; paratextual material; the timeliness of the scholarly intervention; use value to our readership. Examples of recent reviews can be found here: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/abo/. All of our published reviews are read by our editors. You may be asked to make small changes prior to publication.
  • Format: MS Word or rtf
  • Length: Articles should be around 1500 words.
  • Style: submissions should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing using double-spacing.
  • Complete your review by the assigned deadline. If you cannot meet that deadline, please notify Kate Ozment, Book Review editor with a clear alternate date: keozment@cpp.edu.
  • Review titles should be formatted as: Review of [Title], [written/edited] by [Authors/Editors]. For the abstract, please write “A review of [book and author/editor] by [your name].”
  • Reviews should note the author, title, publisher and ISBN number of the book reviewed.
  • Copies of books for review should be forwarded to:

    Dr. Kate Ozment
    English & Modern Languages
    3801 W. Temple Ave.
    Building 24, Room 214
    Pomona, CA 91768

  • For questions, contact Book Review Editor Kate Ozment keozment@cpp.edu

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Conversations

    The Conversations section of ABO was established during the COVID-19 pandemic to create an ongoing space for traditional and non-traditional authors to exchange ideas in informed, personal, timely conversation on issues of significance to eighteenth-century studies and feminist scholarship. Pieces in Conversations are not peer-reviewed or heavily edited, as we strive to represent the authentic voices of the authors. Conversations pieces are handled ad hoc by ABO editors.
  • Format: MS Word or rtf
  • Length: Articles should be under 5000 words.
  • Style: submissions should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.
  • For questions, contact Editor in Chief Laura Runge runge@usf.edu

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Notes and Discoveries

    The purpose is to share research findings concerned with the lives and works of women writers and artists from 1640-1830. Notes and Discoveries does not restrict submissions to the topic or themes under consideration in the ABO volume. Submissions are expected to be short and factually accurate and should follow the same style as ABO articles. Particular attention must be paid to the correct referencing of archival source material and its location, in order for future researchers to find and make use of the information being shared.
  • Format: MS Word or rtf
  • Length: Articles should be between 250-2500 words.
  • Style: Style: submissions should be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Modern Language Association Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, using double-spacing, parenthetical citations, and explanatory endnotes.
  • For questions, contact Editor in Chief Laura Runge runge@usf.edu

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Peer-Review Policies

Because ABO is committed to community and interaction, the review process is partially open. The names of the writers submitting work to the journal are withheld, but invited peer-reviewers sign their reviews of all submissions. On rare occasions, when a submission’s anonymity is not possible (e.g., when the submission revolves around the author’s personal or professional identity), ABO will make an exception with the author’s permission, and the review process will be conducted in a fully open manner.

Upon receipt of the submission, the article will be assigned to an editor. The editor will secure two scholars familiar with the material to conduct a review. Upon receipt of the reviewer reports, the editor will determine if the submission is rejected, asked for revise and resubmit, or moved forward. Essays that have been approved at this level then move to editorial review, where members of the ABO editorial team offer final assessment. The essay may be rejected, asked for revision or accepted for publication at this time.

Our goal for every essay under review is to make it a stronger work through multiple readings, constructive criticism and collaborative feedback.

Initial responses to submitted work will be returned to the author within approximately seventy days of receipt of the work.

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Formatting Requirements

ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 has specific rules about the formatting of articles upon submission as noted in the sections above. For rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors

All content for ABO is licensed under a CREATIVE COMMONS ATTRIBUTION-NONCOMMERCIAL 4.0 INTERNATIONAL, wherein the author retains copyright. After publication, authors have the right to post pre-print or post-print versions of their article online, including on their personal, departmental, or institutional repository pages.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons @ University of South Florida website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons @ University of South Florida service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons @ University of South Florida to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons @ University of South Florida and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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