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CTSJ welcomes original research articles, essays, and reviews from students of all disciplines. Work selected for publication will display compelling and in-depth analysis, academic excellence, and significant relevance to the mission of the journal. Accepted work will be published in CTSJ's semi-annual online volumes.

Published by the Critical Theory and Social Justice Department at Occidental College, the journal exposes students to the experiences of writing, editing, and publishing scholarly work.

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CTSJ Volume 7, Issue 1

CTSJ is accepting academic manuscripts for its Fall 2017 issue. For this issue, CTSJ is seeking papers of any discipline or topical focus; to be considered, papers must be of high quality, at least 12 pages in length (15 pages and more is preferred), and must integrate and apply critical theory to issues of social justice. Please see below for submission details. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Artwork CTSJ strives to publish artists whose work pushes the boundaries of its medium to offer critical insights into issues of social justice. Artists may submit single pieces or a series; a series may not be longer than 7 pages, however exceptions may be considered depending upon circumstances to be decided on a case-by-case basis. The medium of art is not limited, but all works must be able to be reproduced in print. The piece(s) should be electronically submitted; we cannot accept physical copies of any artwork. An artist statement that will be published with the piece must accompany each submission. This should be a single-spaced article, at least two pages long. Typically, statements provide context for and analysis of the work in a form that is consistent with our long-form articles.



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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article (provided that the article was written prior to the author's matriculation into graduate school) to be considered for publication in CTSJ: Journal of Undergraduate Research (provided that he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article). Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). Additionally, authors must obtain prior written permission from copyright owners of all images, multimedia elements, etc. used in their papers. For further questions pertaining to copyrights, please contact our copy editor Karen DeVivo at


General Submission Rules

Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words and adhere to the Chicago style. All papers should be submitted electronically (.doc or .docx) to

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 CTSJ, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of our editorial decision process. If you have concerns about the submission terms for CTSJ, please email

For each submitted article, please prepare an abstract 150-300 words in length; this should be submitted electronically (.doc or .docx) to


Formatting Requirements

CTSJ has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission, except that all papers should be submitted electronically in the Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format and adhere to the Chicago style.