Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Departures) publishes innovative, experimental, aesthetic, and provocative works on the theories, practices, and possibilities of critical qualitative research. We encourage works that present the state of the art in autoethnography, personal narrative, performative writing, performance texts, fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, photo essays, short stories, poetry, and other arts-based critical research. We seek contributions charting scholarly and theoretical developments in critical qualitative research, exemplars of methodological innovation, and inventive demonstrations of research as an aesthetic intervention and mode of critique. We also invite works that engage in interdisciplinary conversations, debates, and innovations regarding the form, purpose, and mission of critical qualitative research.
Departures also invites submissions to “Communicating Critical Qualitative Research Departures,” a forum edited by William K. Rawlins where issues, prospects, and controversies of critical qualitative research can be addressed in shorter point-of-view essays.
Submissions to the journal are judged on the engagement of research and scholarship designed to provide rich, nuanced, and complex insights to and interventions in the workings of identities, communities and social life, effective and innovative use of critical qualitative research methodologies, and representations of both aesthetic and intellectual merit.
Information for Contributors
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010). Manuscripts should be prepared in a 12-point common font, should be double-spaced, and should not exceed 9,000 words including references and endnotes; submissions to “Communicating Critical Qualitative Research Departures” should not exceed 3,500 words including references and endnotes. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to provide separate image and grayscale TIF files at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, line art should be submitted as Illustrator EPS files at a resolution of 600 to 1200 dpi and in bitmap mode. Please do not embed images or grayscale or line art in Word files. Manuscript title pages should be submitted separately and include (a) the title of the essay, (b) an abstract of not more than 100 words, and (c) a list of five suggested keywords. Manuscripts should include (a) the title of the essay, (b) any acknowledgments, including the history of the manuscript if any part of it has been presented at a conference or included as part of a thesis or dissertation.
Manuscripts should be formatted in Microsoft Word in a PC-compatible version and submitted electronically through the ScholarOne Manuscripts site for Departures http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-departures.
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Unless specifically indicated otherwise, manuscripts have undergone a rigorous blind peer review. To facilitate the peer review process, no material identifying the author(s) should appear in the manuscript. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published form. Authors must obtain copyright clearance for any copyrighted material.