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Author Guide

submission requirements



Please submit your articles to this email address: crtiplan@ucla.edu

Include the following in the subject line: CPJ submission Vol. XX, author’s initials (e.g. CPJ submission Vol. 24, AB).

You should submit three attachments:

A cover page listing the article’s title, all authors, and affiliation. Also include a short bio (no more than 4 sentences) for the author(s).

The text of the article with all identifiers removed.

A short statement (fewer than 250 words) describing how your article fits with the theme of the volume for which you are submitting.



Ensure that you check your submission against the mission statement of the journal and the Call for Papers to which you are responding. We evaluate submissions based on their quality and relevancy. In cases of submission that are highly relevant to the journal, but less to the current issue, we may ask if you would like to have your submission considered for a future issue.

We encourage submissions from scholars and activists globally. Out team of editors is committed to high quality contribution and will work with authors for whom English is not a first language to ensure the highest quality output. We acknowledge that many of our contributors are not in a position to hire an English language editor prior to submission, but we still encourage authors, when possible, to find a reader that can begin the editing process before submission.

All submissionshould be original work for which you have permission to publish. The article should not be submitted to other journals simultaneously.

We welcome submissions that do not fit the academicformat. This can take the form of a photo/illustrated essay, book review, activist statement, or creative writing that fits with the journal’s theme. The guidelines for each type are as follows:


Articles should not exceed 4,500 including references, tables, and figures (see guidelines for each component below). Count each table and figure as 250 words. For example, and article with two tables and a figure should not exceed 3,750 written words.

Photo/illustrated essays

We accept photo/illustrated essays that have clear argument and narrative. Ideally, an essay will include 8 to 12 photos or illustrations and approximately 1000 words. Each picture should have a brief caption linking it to the text.

Book Reviews

We include book reviews based on their timeliness and the insights they provide beyond a summary of the book. The CPJ’s focus positions us to publish reviews of books that may not receive enough attention in mainstream presses. Each review should not exceed 1000 words .

Activist Statements

This type of submission is an opportunity for activists and organizations to contribute to the debates central to the CPJ’s mission. Such statement may be in the form of a manifesto or overview of events the organization participated in, among other possibilities. Such statements should not exceed 2000 words.

Creative Writing

We welcome pieces of fictional and non-fictional creative writing. The essays should be relevant to the theme and provide insightful, thought-provoking narratives. Ideally, such piece should not exceed 4,500 words.

Style Guidelines

We only accept submissions in English. If you quote, write, or use other languages in your submission, please insure a translation is included. We accept all English conventions/dialects (e.g. British or Australian) as long as they are consistent throughout the article.

Units of measurement: use standard international unit (i.e. metric) system. Whenever stating money values, provide equivalent in dollar or euro. If using historical financial figures, provide a contemporary value (i.e. real value).

Footnotes: Use footnotes sparingly and only to elaborate on an aspect of the text that is not directly relevant but enhances the reader’s comprehension of provides greater context. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and included at the bottom of the page on which it occurs. Abbreviations: Spell out all abbreviations on first use. Subsequently, acronyms should not include points (e.g. EU rather than E.U.).


References should adhere to the APA style guide.

In the main text citation should be of the following format (author, year).

For direct quotation, add the page number (author, year, page).

For publications with up to three authors, include all names in the first citation and ‘et al’ in subsequent in-text citations. F

or publications with more than three authors, use ‘et al’ (author et al, year).

When citing multiple citations, separate each with a semi-colon.

Include an unabridged reference list at the end of the article.

For more details, please consult this guide: APA guide