Information for Authors and Artists

There will be two submission cycles for Volume VI of the journal. The first submission cycle has a deadline of January 29, 2021. For works submitted by this initial deadline, student authors will have the option to revise and resubmit submissions not accepted during this first cycle.

The second round of submissions are due no later than May 7, 2021. Students whose work is not accepted for publication during the second round do not have the revise and resubmit option.

Article submissions should be no longer than 4,000 words (though papers longer than this can be considered with the understanding that cutting them down may be a key piece of the necessary revisions).

Our publication has a wide readership, so it is important to think about how you can engage a reader from a non-specialist background into your piece—often papers that are too wordy do not engage, while papers that are too brief may leave the reader confused about the background or processes being discussed.

Proofreading your piece prior to submission is vital. The following are a few key areas to pay attention to:

  • Abbreviations/acronyms: at first mention, spell out fully followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis. Example: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM). Use the abbreviation/acronym in your text thereafter.
  • Scientific names: note proper casing and italicization
  • Hawaiian/foreign words: include proper diacriticals (Mac or PC)
  • Don't forget to proofread to make sure your abstract is free of spelling or grammatical errors!

Each submission must include:

1. Article Title:

Use a title that is both eye-catching and gives brief insight into the focus of your paper. If you’re having trouble coming up with a title think about: the purpose of the research/paper and the methods you used. You may also use a subtitle to add extra detail about your work.

2. Abstract OR Artist Statement:

Send the appropriate supplemental document with your research or creative submission. The document must be in an editable format (eg. Word document .docx).

FOR RESEARCH PAPERS: An Abstract (separate from the article body):
An abstract is a brief, concise summary of your work. Abstracts typically include an introduction, research/scholarly methods used, results (even if preliminary), and a conclusion.

  • Introduction: Include the research question/hypothesis and a brief background (if space permits).
  • Methods: Show the validity of the research by describing the design of the project. Include applicable information, such as the setting of the research, number of subjects and how they were selected, and methods used to measure/analyze the data.
  • Results: Summarize the findings.
  • Conclusion: State what can be concluded from the project and the implications of the research.
  • 250 words maximum (name and title are not included in the word count)

Additional guidance on writing your abstract may be found on this or this webpage. You may also review past issues (accessible from the sidebar) for abstracts from previous submissions.

FOR CREATIVE SUBMISSIONS: An artist statement (separate from the main creative submission): 

Artists are expected to be able to discuss their own work and engage in conversations that go beyond the particulars of the piece under consideration. The Artist Statement is a student’s chance to define the important conversations s/he wants to engage in through their art.

  • Does not necessarily involve theoretical or historical discussions, though it can do either or both.
  • May focus on aspects of practice, artistic processes, influences and ideas, or discuss the significance of particular creative process or material choices.
  • Unlike the abstract, there is not an exact length requirement--most will be one to two pages long, but you can expand if necessary. 

The Artist Statement is a required accompaniment to any creative submission. It should help your audience see the connection between the questions you asked or the problems you addressed on the one hand, and the music you produced, glass object you created, photograph you composed, or poem you wrote on the other hand. It should clearly articulate the significance of your work beyond yourself.

For more help on composing an Artist Statement, please visit this webpage. You may also review past issues (accessible from the sidebar) for artist statements from previous submissions.

3. Keywords for your article (optional)

4. Article in Microsoft Word or RTF format:

Articles must be submitted without a title page, abstract, or page numbers. These will be provided by the system.

5. Reference List

Submissions can use any formal referencing style, but they must be exact.  Pieces with missing or incorrect references may be returned without review.  Make sure you pay close attention to ensure you avoid plagiarism