The Capsule Call for Papers!

Call for papers! Contribute your scholarly work to The Capsule, CAP’s student journal!

The Capsule is a student-led, student-focused academic journal that is preparing its second issue for publication over the summer. The editorial board is looking to publish the best CAP student work from the 2022-23 academic year. A record of our time in first-year, the journal’s interdisciplinary focus brings streams together to celebrate the larger CAP community, and works to influence and inspire future CAP students.

Interested students should explore last year’s journal and submit their favourite work from any of their CAP courses to by Sunday, April 30. Selected papers will go through an editorial process that will require contributors to communicate with the editorial board and revise their work over the summer. Contributors are expected to revise their papers based on instructor feedback and to discuss their papers with instructors and/or TAs in advance of submission.

CAP Year in Review: We are also interested in 1000-word REVIEWS of CAPCON, Community-Engaged Learning Activities including but not limited to the Community Talks events, and other CAP-based events that you may have attended and reviewed this year.

Not only is this an exciting opportunity to have your work published in our undergraduate student journal, being featured will also look great on your resumé. Don’t miss out on a chance to be featured in our second issue!

Deadline: Submit to by April 30 2023

Submission details:

  • Research papers between 1500-3000 words
  • The editorial board will also consider non-traditional scholarship written for a CAP course, including reflective, ethnographic, and creative-critical essays.
    • If you have questions about whether your potential submission meets these requirements, please email prior to submission.
  • MLA style
  • Polished and error-free

All submissions must be anonymous apart from the cover page

  • Please include a cover page with the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. Title of paper
  3. CAP stream name
  4. Course name (i.e., CAP course for which the paper was initially prepared)
  5. Course instructor’s name
  • Remove all personally identifying information from the rest of your paper (e.g. full name and course details on first page, last name in header, etc.)

The Capsule’s Style Guide

The Capsule Style Sheet:

All work published in The Capsule should adhere to the citation, formatting and style guidelines set out by the MLA style guide. However, elements like title page, author-identifying information, and page numbers are not required because they do not translate into the journal publication format. Copy editors need to address only the content of the essay and the Works Cited page.


Before submitting, please ensure that you are handing in “clean copy.” This means: 

  • The document should contain no line breaks or page breaks.
  • The document should not have any unresolved comments or unapproved changes.
  • The “spacing before” and “spacing after” settings should be at 0 pt.
  • The entire document is double spaced and in 12 pt. Times New Roman font. 
  • Each citation on the Works Cited page is formatted using a hanging indent. 
  • The entire document is left aligned, not justified.


  •   Book and journal titles should be italicized, not underlined. Article titles should be in quotations, not italicized.
  •     Cite all sources quoted directly in the body of the essay.
  •     For legal case names, too, the date of publication should be included via parenthetical citation unless noted in context. 
  •   Block quotes should be indented and double-spaced.  Only quotations exceeding four lines should be formatted as block quotations.
  •   Include an MLA-style Works Cited page with all the cited sources formatted according to the MLA style guide.
  •   Ellipses should be used to mark omitted text within a quotation. Ellipses should NOT be enclosed by parentheses or brackets. 
  •   The capitalization of quoted material should be respected. If the first letter of a quotation is capitalized in the original, there is no need to change the capitalization and bracket the changes.
  • For images and figures, please defer to the MLA-style guide for proper citations.



  •   Essays should be written in 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with NO empty line between paragraphs.
  •   The beginning of each essay need only include the title of the essay and the name of the author. Include one extra space, and then begin the first paragraph of the essay, so the top of the first page should look like this: 


“Title of Essay”

Author’s Full Name


This is the first sentence of the essay.


  •   The first paragraph in each essay and essay section should remain flush left. Indent all subsequent paragraphs 1/2 inch using the tab key; do not use multiple spaces to create an indent.


  •   Single space, not double space, after a period. The document should contain no double spaces at all. You can “Find and Replace” spaces between periods easily in Word.


  •   Follow British rather than American spelling conventions (“neighbour” rather than “neighbor,” “travelled” rather than “travel,” “licence” rather than “license”).
  •   Serial/Oxford commas should be employed (“eats, shoots, and leaves” not “eats, shoots and leaves”)
  •   Dashes should appear as follows—not as – or–; Word should format dashed items this way automatically.
  •   Acronyms should remain unpunctuated (ex. “US,” “UT” and “PhD”). 
  •   Use “aka” as an abbreviation for “also known as.”
  •   “Find and Replace” straight quotes and apostrophes/single quotes (“…” and ‘…’) with typographer’s quotes and apostrophes (“…” and ‘…’).
  •   Single quotes (‘…’) should be used to mark rhetorical terms.
  •   Punctuation marks, such as periods and commas, should be inside quotations.
  •   Names and other singular nouns ending in “s” should have the second “s” added in possessive form (“Davis’s argument” rather than “Davis’ argument”). 
  •   Numbers below one hundred should be spelled out. This rule applies to ordinal numbers as well. Change “19th century” to “nineteenth century.”
  •   Any academic area of inquiry that ends with the term “studies” (like “African studies”) should be treated as a singular noun (ex. “African studies is growing”). 
  •   If a footnote is absolutely necessary, format the footnote as Word does automatically. 
  •   Use CE/BCE as appropriate.
  •   Chapter numbers should be capitalized (“Chapter One” rather than “chapter one”).
  •   Non-English words and terms should be italicized.
  •   Note particularly for bios: Official university affiliations should be capitalized, such as “the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.“
  •   Note particularly for bios: The official names of departments should be used (“the Department of English” as opposed to “the English Department”).


Employ the following hyphenation and capitalization practices. Keep in mind:

  •   Proper nouns should be capitalized. These include the specific names of people, places, and things.
  •   Capitalize a job title or position when the title precedes a name, but not when the title is used alone or after a name. For example, capitalize “Professor Moriarty,” but not “he was our professor.”
  •   Often, terms that are not hyphenated when used as nouns (left wing), will be hyphenated when used as adjectives (left-wing party).
  •   If an ordinal number is part of an adjective phrase (such as “nineteenth-century literature”), make sure that there is a hyphen between the ordinal number and the word that comes after it.  If another adjective precedes that ordinal number, however, do not use a hyphen between the first adjective and the ordinal number (“early nineteenth-century literature” rather than “early-nineteenth-century literature”). 
  •   Any difficult terms not covered by the below list should be addressed to the editorial board.
  • For CAP specific acronyms (eg. CAP, PPE, CAPCON): these should be defined in the editor’s note (eg. Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE)) and used as acronyms from then onwards.


Capitalize (avoid hyphenation) Do not capitalize Hyphenate (and capitalize when indicated) Do not hyphenate (and capitalize when indicated)


Age of Reason

African American

Asian American

Berlin Wall


Black (in reference to those of African descent)


Civil Rights Movement

Cold War

Communist Party

Enlightenment (18th-century philosophical movement)



First Nations

First World

Global North/South 


Great Depression




Industrial Revolution

the Left



Middle Ages

Muslim American

Native American

New Criticism (context of literary criticism)

New Testament

the New World

the North (US)

Old Testament

Old World

Other, the

Prohibition (the era)



the Revolution (American)

the Right

Roaring Twenties

Romanticism (18th-century movement)



Third World

Victorian era

ancient Greece


art nouveau

baroque period


big bang

classical period





euro (currency)


fascism (general concept)


fin de siècle

gold rush



left wing (n.)

left-wing (adj.)



the net


right wing (n.)







war on terror

the web


web page


white (in reference to white people)







right-wing (adj.)




Antiracism/t anticapitalism/t





nonidentical postcolonial/ism/izing






[RECAP] Capsule Planning Session and Sign-Up Feb 10 2023

Hello, Capsule community!

Thank you for coming to the planning session last week. The agenda was as follows:

  1. Icebreaker
  2. Announcement: opening of journal roles
  3. Sign-up for journal roles [formal role offers TBA via email]
  4. Deliberation: should the Capsule’s team members be allowed to submit their work? [resolution: TBA]

Please stay tuned for the next meeting!