Submissions

Submission Guidelines

Authors should submit work for publication in Present Tense with the understanding that this work is original, that citation follows MLA standards, that the article meets all institutional review board requirements, and that the work has not been or will be published in other venues.

Authors interested in reviewing books or other media are responsible for ensuring that a review of that work has not been recently published elsewhere. While the editors may consider publishing another review of a work, the review author will have to explain why additional reviews are needed, e.g., strong disagreement with or a different approach from other reviews.

Publishers interested in having a book or other media reviewed should contact the review editor.

Acceptance Rate

Present Tense is a selective journal with a stringent review process and high standards for publication. Our current acceptance rate for submissions is 17%.

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Submission Categories

General Submissions (articles, interviews, slidecasts, podcasts, videos)
Articles and interviews should range between 2,000 and 2,500 words. Slidecasts, podcasts and videos should not be longer than 20 minutes. Endnotes and Works Cited do not count toward the 2,500-word limit, though Endnotes should not exceed 250 words (10% of the total). Slidecasts, podcasts and videos should not be longer than 20 minutes.
Reader Responses
Responses to articles raising important questions, issues, or different perspectives are published in the Reader Response section. Only those responses demonstrating a respectful tone to both the writer and the profession will be considered for publication. The length of responses should be between 150 and 500 words.
Reviews
We seek reviews that are thematically related to the goals of the journal, as described in the About Us. Here is a suggested but not exhaustive list of possibilities for review: programs and/or courses, organizations, websites/blogs, books, films and events.
If you are considering writing a review but are not sure if it is appropriate, please send us a 200-word proposal and we will let you know if it corresponds with the journal’s vision.
Submissions to the Reviews section of the journal should not exceed 2,000 words. For programmatic reviews and reviews of multiple works, the word count is at the discretion of the editors.
News
Submissions in this category may include CFPs (calls for proposals) for anthologies and conferences, announcements for workshops and summer institutes, volunteer opportunities, and speaking engagements. All submissions are subject to review, editing, and approval. Please send your news and announcements to editors [at] presenttensejournal.org

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Sample Submission Topics

Present Tense is interested in submissions dealing with theory, criticism, production, pedagogy and empirical research.

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How to Format

All submissions to Present Tense should comply with the latest MLA documentation and formatting guidelines, with one exception: Please include the url for all online references in your submissions. Videos should be formatted as Quicktime files and podcasts as MP3s.

The use of headings to divide up lengthy texts is encouraged to facilitate online reading.

Send your videos and podcasts as a data disk rather than a “play-now” DVD or CD. We will need to be able to copy the files so we can upload them to our site.

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How to Submit

Articles, Interviews and Reviews:

Please send two versions of your submission to editors@presenttensejournal.org. The first version should be your work as you intend to publish it. For your second version, please be sure to remove all identifying information, including author name(s) and institutional affiliation(s). All typographic texts should be submitted as .doc or .docx files.

Slidecasts:

For review purposes, please remove all identifying information and post your slidecast on slideshare.net, then email the link to editors [at] presenttensejournal.org.

Podcasts:

Please remove any identifying introductions or conclusions and email editors@presenttensejournal.org for submission details.

Video:

Please remove opening and closing credits in which the filmmakers’ names are revealed. Then, email the link for the video to editors [at] presenttensejournal.org. We understand that you cannot remove other identifying information within the film without hurting its integrity.

If you are writing about a video for which you do not own the copyright, such as a news program or a TV show, please try to find that video posted on network or government sites or on hulu.com, and provide the link with your submission. For liability reasons, we will be unable to link to videos illegally posted on YouTube.com. If you can’t find a legal version of the video online, please use screen shots instead or instruct readers to search for the video themselves.

Upon acceptance into the journal, please send the following:

  1. A 50-100 word bio.
  2. A picture of the author(s) in jpeg or gif format.
  3. An image that can serve as an illustration for your submission. If no image is provided, Present Tense will find one that fits the content of the article. Authors must have the rights to submitted images or images must belicensed through an appropriate creative commons license (see:http://search.creativecommons.org/).

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Hyperlinking Policy

Our hyperlinking policy has been adapted from Kairos.

All links should help readers make sense of the submission. All links should also reference the name of the link/site in the text so that readers may make informed navigational decisions. Linking from descriptive phrases rather than individual words is recommended.

Links to external nodes should point, to the best of the author’s knowledge, to stable sites and resources. Since back issues of Present Tense will be available in our archives, we must strive to make all links as current and accurate as possible.

Since we have no control over external sites to which authors may link, broken links and “404″ errors are likely to occur eventually. In order to prepare for such problems, authors should include an “External Links Page” that lists the full Web addresses and and purposes for each off-Present Tense link.

Care should be given in linking to commercial sites in order to avoid promoting any particular companies or their products.

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Review Process

Present Tense will send authors an email confirmation within one week of receiving submissions. Our editors will then pass non-identifiable copies to two reviewers for double-blind peer review. Whenever possible, these referees will be assigned to review texts based on their areas of scholarly expertise. Reviewers strive to provide feedback to the Editor within 2-3 months in order to facilitate timely publication. Should the first two reviews disagree, the Editor may send the manuscript to a third referee for additional evaluation. Upon receiving feedback from all reviewers, the Editor will make a final decision and authors will be notified via email of their acceptance or rejection. The Editor may also email authors to suggest additional revision and encourage future resubmission.

Once a submission has been accepted, it will be posted to the online journal within 2-3 weeks. This practice allows us to further expedite the publication process because authors need not wait for their works to appear in a scheduled upcoming issue.

Once an issue’s worth of submissions have been accepted and published, Present Tense will announce the new issue. Before an issue is announced, the editors may

rearrange articles from their original publication order. These texts will then be available as part of a featured current issue on the home page, at which time older texts will be archived and searchable as past issues.

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Copyright Information – Creative Commons

Our copyright policy has been adapted from Composition Forum.

Present Tense is an open access journal. We promote the free distribution and use of articles we publish. We use the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License for our journal. Our use of this license means that authors retain their copyright while granting Present Tense and our readers’ the rights to this work for non-commercial purposes, providing the author is credited. The Creative Commons license allows for the production of derivative works, as long as the author is credited, and as long as producers share their derivative work. For more information, please visit the Creative Commons at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/.

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