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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 submission has not been previously published (including within conference proceedings) nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Manuscripts submitted to be published as Feature Articles must be between 6000-9000 words in length (including endnotes, captions and references). They must also include a 150 word maximum abstract. If exceeding 9000 words, submitted manuscripts will be returned to authors.

Author Guidelines

Before submitting, all authors must download and read the Dancecult Style Guide (aka "the DSG").

The flow of a typical peer-reviewed piece, from initial submission to publication:

  1. An author submits an article to the journal, or is contacted by an editor to write an article.
  2. The article is forwarded by email to the editor(s).
  3. The editor(s) initiate the peer review process.
  4. Comments on the article are submitted to the editor(s), who then assign one of four evaluations to the article:
    1. Accept for publication as submitted
    2. Accept with minor revisions
    3. Revise and resubmit (no need for re-review)
    4. Revise and resubmit (must be re-reviewed)
    5. Reject for publication
  5. Following outcome A or B the submisson is accepted with / without the requirement for revisions. Following outcome C the author must resubmit for review. Following outcome D, the author must resubmit for re-review. And following outcome E the paper is rejected for publication.
  6. The article is copyedited for formatting, style, spelling and grammar. Where possible, a proof copy is provided to the author.
  7. The article is published in the designated issue of Dancecult.

Please note: the editor(s) check submissions against basic protocols for section requirements and scholarly work (e.g. word length, the inclusion of references, and basic grammar) and assess the relevance of the subject area to Dancecult. The editor's hold the right to reject submissions that do not conform to basic protocols and requirements, including the Dancecult Style Guide (DSG). Indeed, submissions that do not conform to the DSG will be returned to the author. It is therefore imperative that authors read the DSG carefully prior to submitting.


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