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Submitting to Contemporary Aesthetics

Contemporary Aesthetics encourages the submission of articles that bear directly on contemporary aesthetic theory and concerns, as well as current reassessments of traditional issues. Articles that are primarily historical or that focus on particular art works or individual artists are not appropriate to the mission of this journal. The discussion should be accessible to an audience across disciplines and promote conversation across fields and practices. We welcome the use of visual images and auditory and video clips to illustrate the text. The length of articles is normally no greater than 5,000 words but should not exceed 7,000 words, including an abstract and notes.

CA also welcomes shorter (300-800 words), less formal, and more targeted submissions to be included in the section of Short Notes and Responses. Short Notes may offer a point of view on current interest in aesthetics and philosophy of art, a comment on a recently published book in aesthetics, or introduce a contemporary discussion in aesthetics that has not been available in English. Responses should engage a recent article published in CA. Both Short Notes and Responses should be accessible and of interest to a wide audience from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. With the exception of discussions of books or articles, Short Notes or Responses will not ordinarily require citations, nor do they require an abstract or key words.

Please review the following topics in preparing your article for submission. If you have any questions or if you need assistance, please feel free to contact CA.

      Submission Requirements
      Submission Guidelines
      Formatting the Article
      Citations and References
      Rights and Permission
      Acceptable File Types
      Submitting an Article

Submission Requirements                              back to top

Articles for submission must be previously unpublished and in English. Papers should be well-written, and we encourage grace as well as clarity. It is important that papers be copy-edited carefully before submission. Articles should be prepared for blind review by deleting any author identification in the text, notes, or header. Drafts are not acceptable. In order to ensure diversity of subject matter, approaches, and voices, papers by authors who have not published in Contemporary Aesthetics for at least a year prior to submission are normally given precedence. In submitting work to Contemporary Aesthetics, authors agree to the policies of this journal, including free access and use of the material published in it with, of course, proper acknowledgment of authorship and source. If you have any questions about whether your article is appropriate for CA, send it directly to the editor for a preliminary review.

All articles will be blind-refereed except when invited. The decision of the editorial board is final. Because Contemporary Aesthetics relies on the generosity of scholars who contribute their time to review articles, we ask that authors not submit their work to other journals at the same time. By using computer technology throughout, we expect that the review process will move quickly and that authors will be notified in a reasonable time. In sending work to Contemporary Aesthetics for possible publication, the submitter attests that the work is original and that he or she is the author, that it has not been published, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Once a paper has been accepted for publication it undergoes a careful editorial process that ensures its conformity to house style (capitalization, punctuation, endnote formatting, etc.) and the best practice of good English usage in academic writing. Changes are usually minor and kept to a minimum, and proofs are sent to the author for approval before publication. Contemporary Aesthetics reserves the right to make final decisions in all cases that do not affect the content. Articles accepted for publication are copyrighted by Contemporary Aesthetics under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

Submission Guidelines                                    back to top

Our submission guidelines have been carefully prepared to facilitate the editorial process of publishing articles online. Strict adherence to formatting guidelines (described below) has three purposes. First, consistent and uniform formatting allows the editors and reviewers to concentrate on the content of articles submitted. Second, it allows for reliable translation of authors' formatting to the web page. The third consideration is both aesthetic and practical: multiple stylistic formats are ugly and distracting on a web page and interfere with reading. Therefore, please observe the following formatting instructions carefully. Submissions which do not adhere to these instructions will be returned to the author.

Formatting the Article                                    back to top

The article should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

(1) The length of articles is normally no greater than 5,000 words but should not exceed 7,000 words, including an abstract and notes. An article exceeding the length limit will be returned to the author.

(2) At the beginning of the article, the title, abstract and a list of key words should immediately precede the text. Do not include the author’s name or any other identifying information. Any identifying reference in the endnotes should be left blank.

(3) Please use section headings in bold type and number them. Because CA uses no page numbers, numbered sections will permit accurate references in citing the article.

(4) All citations should be in endnotes and not in the text. Number endnotes sequentially with Arabic numbers. Use the endnote function in your word processing program so that the notes appear at the end of the article.

(5) References should conform to the style displayed in the samples below under Citations and References.

(6) Font should be 11-point Arial, whether in normal, bold, or italic, including endnotes. Please do not insert line breaks in the text or special spacing for formatting.

(7) The paragraph break should be indicated by an extra line space rather than an indentation at the beginning of a paragraph.

(8) Only the left hand margin should be justified.

Citations and References                           back to top

Endnote reference numbers should be placed at the end of the sentence. References in articles submitted to Contemporary Aesthetics should conform to the formats below. For references that do not fit these forms, please follow the Chicago documentation style. There are several online sources for this showing endnote citation and reference list forms. See, for example,

Wolfgang Welsch, Undoing Aesthetics (London: Sage, 1997), pp. 5-7.

Yi-Fu Tuan, "Place: An Experiential Perspective," The Geographical Review, 65, 2 (1975), 148-155; ref. on 151.

T. Coraghessan Boyle, "Greasy Lake," in The Granta Book of the American Short Story, ed. Richard Ford (London: Granta Books, 1993), pp. 555-561; ref.on p. 555.

Please do not include a bibliography. Citations in the endnotes should supply all pertinent information.

Citations from CA                                        back to top

Citations of articles published in Contemporary Aesthetics should include author, title, volume number, year, and section number (since this online publication does not use the pagination of print formats). If you wish to be more specific, you can add the paragraph (¶) of the section.

Rights and Permission                                 back to top

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for the use of any copyrighted material, including images, sound, and video files. It is preferable to place images directly in the text but, when permission is unobtainable, it is acceptable to include a link to the image directly in the text.

Acceptable File Types                                    back to top

Please submit texts in MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or WordPerfect. If submitting from a Macintosh computer, please include the three-letter file extension in the file name of your article. PDF files are not acceptable.

Images should be in .jpg or .tif format.

Naming files: File names should not contain spaces. They may contain letters, numbers, hyphens (-) and underscores (_). No other punctuation is allowed. Files must have the three-letter file extension identifying the file type (i.e.
.rtf, .wpd, .doc), whether submitted from a Windows or Macintosh computer.

Examples of unacceptable file names:

     Aesthetics/Form.doc (uses slash)
     Article #2.rtf (uses # sign)
     Article.Aesthetics.wpd (uses period or point)
     Aesthetics and Art (has no file extension)

AppleWorks, Lotus, or other word processor documents must be saved in one of the above formats.

Submitting an Article                                     back to top

An e-mail message with the article as an attachment to Contemporary Aesthetics should be sent to Use "Submission" as the subject in the email address block. The message should include (1) the author’s name, (2) the title of the article, (3) an abstract of no more than 150 words (or the statement: "Submission to Short Notes"), and (4) relevant information about the author, including institutional affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses.

Once you have prepared your paper observing the formatting, attach it to the e-mail message and click "Send." An acknowledgement will be sent indicating that the paper has been received. There is no charge for submitting an article for review or publication.

Disclaimer                                                          back to top

Statements of fact and opinion in the articles in Contemporary Aesthetics are those of the respective authors and contributors and not of the editors or sponsor of Contemporary Aesthetics. No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material in this journal and CA cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The reader should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.

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