LUJA Call for Papers

The Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts (LUJA) is a journal for undergraduate students in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Each year the journal publishes one issue representing high-quality original research in the arts. This year the journal is relaunching with a new editorial process and a theme for its Renewal issue. Submitted manuscripts should be original scholarly contributions that aim to answer a novel question or address an issue in a novel way. The theme of the 2022 issue is Renewal, Regression, and Revolution. Renewal is defined as "an instance of resuming an activity or state after an interruption." This year's issue is looking for submissions focused on instances of renewal, regression, or revolution (be it an actual revolution or revolutionary (new) ideas) in politics, history, society, literature, or film. After two years of inactivity, LUJA is back with a fresh start. We want the 2022 issue to reflect this fresh start and serve as a home for student ingenuity and creativity in renewing society, knowledge, and ideas. LUJA's renewal also coincides with the recovery and renewal from the COVID-19 pandemic. After two years of the pandemic, society is adapting to new ways of working, living, and socializing. Remote work has become the norm, and people are discovering innovative ways to thrive in this new environment. Therefore, we hope the 2022 issue represents the hope of renewal and a new course for society. However, change can also mean regression. For example, we are seeing a revival of authoritarianism, book banning, and white supremacy in the United States and Europe. We hope that the 2022 renewal issue will explore these themes and address the positives and negatives of various forms of renewal as they appear in politics, society, history, literature, and film. The editorial board considers renewal a broad topic focused on instances of new or old ideas, practices, and events, good or bad, in the journal's five main categories. Papers can focus on the recovery of old ideas, the regression of certain aspects of society, or the creation and implementation of new ideas. Authors can present how society has renewed, regressed, or erupted into a revolution after conflict or disaster in real life or fiction. The editorial board looks favourably upon submissions that focus on analyzing new or old ideas as well as individuals' reactions to instances of renewal. These reactions could be individuals embracing change, backlash, protest or revolution. The submission deadline is April 30, 2022. Students registered in an undergraduate Arts program or those who graduated in 2021 are welcome to submit. Interested authors should submit their manuscripts via the journal's homepage: https://scholars.wlu.ca/luja/. All submissions must conform to the journal's submission guidelines below. Submissions will undergo a double-blind peer-review process, and those selected by the LUJA editorial team will be revised, finalized, and published in the 2022 issue of the journal. Any questions should be directed to the LUJA editorial team at Laurierundergraduatejournal@gmail.com. We look forward to reading your submissions. From the LUJA Team Submission Guidelines Contributions must be original works and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The topic of the article must fit the Call for Papers. Articles should include a literature review citing relevant past scholarly work (where applicable in your discipline) Authors must submit a 150-word abstract outlining the research question, theoretical framework, main arguments, and conclusion of the article. Manuscripts must state their research question and thesis in the introduction. Papers must use Times New Roman size 12 font. Contributions should be between 2500-8000 words, excluding the bibliography, figures, and tables. Contributions can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or OpenOffice (.odt). Contributions must be in English.

Who Can Submit?

  1. Any undergraduate student enrolled in university may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts, provided they own the copyright for the work being submitted. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works.

General Submission Rules

  1. Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming  in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: “publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts.  If you have concerns about the submission terms for Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts, please email: laurierundergraduatejournal@gmail.com.

Formatting Requirements

  1. Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. Please use the approved citation style most commonly used in your field. Files should be submitted in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, Rich Text Format, or PDF.

Rights for Authors and Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts

As further described in our Submission Agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

  1. Attribution and Usage Policies
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      4. Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.
  3. People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact laurierundergraduatejournal@gmail.com.

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