Open Call for Proposals: Themed Section of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor

Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor
Themed Section Proposal Guidelines

Aim and Scope: Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor is a refereed, electronic, open access journal published by a collective of scholars in critical higher education promoting a new dignity in academic work. Contributions are aimed primarily at higher education workplace activism and dialogue on all issues of academic labor.

Themed Section Proposal Development and Review: Proposals are developed iteratively through ongoing review, negotiation, and revision. The following are typical steps, though each issue may differ depending on the topic and format.

Pre-proposal Discussion: This is the initial phase of discussion and is largely informal. Anyone interested in editing a section issue for Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor is encouraged to discuss his or her ideas with one of the General Editors ( or Often a short discussion can help determine if an idea is appropriate for the journal and how it is most likely to proceed. A draft of a proposal can also be sent for preliminary feedback. If all or part of a manuscript is available, it may also be included, however it does not replace the need for a full proposal.

Submitting a Proposal: Prospective Section Editors should develop and submit a proposal using the Proposal Format outlined below. Complete proposals will receive prompt attention. Agreement to participate in the issue should be obtained from all potential contributors prior to submitting a proposal. Proposals are reviewed by the General Editors and selected members of the Workplace Collective.

Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor: SECTION PROPOSAL FORMAT

Please use the following format when submitting a proposal to Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor.

1. Proposed Section Title

2. Section Editor(s)

If there is more than one Section Editor, please indicate the order in which you would like to list their names on the final section. To assure efficient communications, we ask that if there are co-editors, one be designated the primary contact person. Please place an asterisk (*) next to the name of the editor who will be responsible for all correspondence. For all Section Editors, please supply the following:

  • Name (as you would like it to appear)
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Short (one paragraph) “About the Section Editor” description, including scholarship interests

3. Brief Overview of the Proposed Section

Describe the major focus of the themed section. Also, briefly describe the overall strategy you will use in organizing the section.

4. Justification

Why is this issue / topic important? Does it represent an innovation or is it a novel extension of previous work? Are there any current publications that are similar to the one you envision? If so, please reference them explicitly. Have any past Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor issues been published on topics relating to yours? If so, how will you improve on them? Is the work in this issue already published elsewhere or currently under review?

5. Outline of the Volume

Present a brief outline of the proposed table of contents. Provide the following information about each article:

a. Title of proposed article

b. Author(s). Please obtain agreement from all authors to contribute the article prior to submitting the proposal. For each author, please supply the following:

• Name
• Institutional Affiliation
• Telephone Number
• Email Address

c. Narrative abstract of each chapter, including a description of how it relates to the overall theme of the section.

4. Other Considerations

Describe any other considerations, such the use of art or video in the section or necessary permissions, etc.

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