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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file meets the format prescribed in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


Interested in submitting? Contemporary Kanata requires authors to register with the journal prior to submission. If already registered, authors can log in to their accounts and begin the five-step online submission process. 

Contemporary Kanata accepts submissions through cycles. We accept abstract submissions between January and February. 

Our abstract submission period is currently open.

Please note that Contemporary Kanata will not accept submissions that are under consideration in another publication, or that have been previously published.


Author Guidelines

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 

Contemporary Kanata is committed to publishing high-quality, original work. We consider plagiarism to be a serious offence, and we will not accept or publish any submissions that have been plagiarized. We abide by York University’s Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.

For more information about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please read the American Psychological Association’s (APA) guidelines on plagiarism.


Research Ethics

At Contemporary Kanata, we understand that ethical research is based on consent and that it is undertaken with responsibility. Similarly, we understand that innovative research sometimes requires interviews or engagement involving humans, animals or biological agents. For this reason, we ask that authors that engage in research that involves their research subject submit us a statement about how their research will be achieved ethically. We would also like to remind authors that research that engages and that involves the research subject must be reviewed by a relevant ethics review committee prior to the start of any research. 

Contemporary Kanata reserves the right to reject any research that involves the research subject if ethics approval has not been obtained. 

For more information on research ethics, please refer to York University’s Summary of the Guiding Ethical Principles for Research Ethics. For more information on how to obtain ethics approval, please refer to York University’s Research and Innovation Office’s page on Research Ethics.


Images and Image Ethics

Image formatting for submissions should be at least 300dpi and submitted as .jpg or .png, unless specific guidelines below indicate otherwise. 

Authors must indicate in their manuscripts captions that indicate the image source if they are the creator of the image; the permission or license from the copyright holder or creator to use the image; or are using an image from the public domain or licensed under a Creative Commons license. We ask authors to ensure that they have the appropriate license or permission to use the images and that their work respects the rights to privacy and to the intellectual property of others. 

Please note that upon submission, all work will be held to the standard of York University’s Senate Policy on Academic Policy, referenced above. Contemporary Kanata encourages authors to visit the CIPPIC Copyright and Privacy in Photography Guidelines prior to submitting.


General Guidelines

Formatting and Citation Style

As an interdisciplinary journal, Contemporary Kanata asks all authors to use the APA Citation and Formatting Style, 7th edition. All authors are responsible for the accuracy of their citations. 

We request all authors interested in submitting to format their submissions in line with the following guidelines:

  • Font: Times New Roman, size 12
  • Margins: 1in. 
  • Line spacing: 2pt (double spacing)
  • File Format: Microsoft Word
  • Page number to be included in the top right corner of every page.
  • We request that authors do not include their names or any other sort of identification within their submission.

Please note that these guidelines do not apply to cartoon submissions.

For more information on APA Citation Style please consult with the APA’s in-text citation guide and with the APA’s reference guide. Alternatively, please refer to PurdueOwl’s APA guide. For more information on APA Formatting Style, please consult with the APA’s guide on paper format.

Academic Articles Submissions

Please note that to submit an academic article, we request a preliminary submission of an abstract. If selected to move forward, the length of your academic article should be between 2,000-2,500 words, excluding the title page, abstract, citations, and references. Authors are responsible for proper APA formatting. Please refer to the author guidelines above for more information.


Alternative Epistemologies

Cartoon Submissions

There is no preliminary submission for cartoons. All cartoon submissions should be no more than two pages. We ask that cartoon submissions are formatted at least at 300dpi in a single PDF file, or as attached images in a ZIP folder. Files must be submitted either as .jpg or .png.

Creative Nonfiction Submissions

Creative nonfiction refers to written work (op-eds, memoirs, personal essays, blog posts, etc.) that encompasses factual events, however, they are not exclusively meant for scholarly purposes. All creative nonfiction submissions should be between 1,500-2,000 words, excluding title page, citations, and references. We ask that creative nonfiction authors make minimal use of footnotes, and only when necessary. 

Authors are responsible for proper APA formatting. Please refer to the author guidelines above for more information.

Visual Essay Submissions

Visual essay submissions should be between six to eight pages. There is a maximum requirement of 1000 words in visual essays. Please note that we request an accompanying text description of images, as well as an introduction to your piece that explains the significance and meaning of your piece. 

We request that there are two copies of visual essays submitted. The first copy must be formatted at least at 300dpi and be submitted as a PDF. The second copy must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. For this second copy, we ask that authors indicate where the images go in the document as [IMAGE 1] and so forth, along with a caption that indicates the description of the image and the permission or license to use the image. We also ask that the images be submitted separately in .jpeg or .png format in a ZIP folder. All images must be submitted at least at 300dpi.

Although Contemporary Kanata prefers original images or graphics, work from other image collections must be attributed with the author and respective license. For more information on licensing and crediting, please refer to the Image Ethics section under “Author Guidelines.” 


There is no preliminary submission for poems. Poetry submissions should not be longer than five pages, and may only include up to three interlinked poems.



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