Connections is an annual academic publication led by the graduate students from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Established in 2019, this journal seeks to showcase innovative and interdisciplinary research that either challenges or reimagines normative approaches to applied linguistics, translation, comparative literature, media, and cross-cultural studies. Connections is committed to elevating the scholarly and creative voices of students engaged in research that crosses geographical, disciplinary, and political boundaries. Ultimately, this publication calls on authors to map the connections, wherever they may be.
Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- All submissions (excluding incompatible multi-media works) must be submitted as a MS Word file (.doc), doubled-spaced, with 1 inch margins.
- Where available, DOI's for the references have been provided.
- All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Tables and figures may be images or text-editable.
Original research essays (excluding Applied Linguistics submissions) and book reviews must follow the Modern Language Association citation 8th Edition (MLA) style. Applied Linguistic submissions may adhere to American Psychological Association 6th Edition citation.
- Please include a cover letter in a separate document than the main submission that includes: author names, affiliations (institution and department), contact information, language of submission, author order (if applicable), type of submission, and subject area (e.g. applied linguistics).
- As we are a double-blind review process, please remove any identifiers in the main body text (if there is mention of an author please replace with [OMITTED AUTHOR]. Book reviews and creative works do not undergo the double-blind peer-review process but are reviewed by a journal editor.
- Abstract and keywords: original research essays require a 250 word maximum abstract. All submissions require 1-5 keywords on the first page of the manuscript. Book reviews and creative literature do not require an abstract. Research-creation projects require either a 250 word abstract OR an artist description of the work.
- Length: original research essays must be at 7,000-10,000 word range including the reference list. Length of book reviews and creative works will be considered on an individual basis.
Connections requires authors to publish their work under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license. This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon the author's work non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms. A description of the Creative Commons licences can be found here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/.
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